what are we looking at?
when i teach athletes how to lift, i always start with what the athlete is looking at - which is straight ahead. head and eyes looking straight ahead.
where the head goes, the body will follow.
if we don't start off with this good foundation, it could throw off the rest of the lift. (ask me how i know. answer: cause in the past i've tried to skip teaching this and it screwed me. lol)
it's best to stare at a point that is about parallel to where the eyes are, so in this case, Trevor would be looking at a point about a foot higher than me because, well, i'm a shorty =p... and it's important to stare at this point for entirety of the lift: just before the lift starts, throughout the lift, standing up with the lift, and then after the bar drops look away.
coaching tip: i could just tell him to look head and eyes straight ahead, so why am i standing in front of him and invading his personal space?
first of all, we've developed a trust and a rapport so i feel like it's okay that I can do that with him (don't invade personal space if you have not done this important step yet...), but really it's so that i can see what he's seeing. so that i can see things from his perspective. and this is so important that i would prefer to get it right the first time. so by seeing things from his perspective, i can give more detailed and specific coaching that will help him deliver what i am asking of him so that we both can get bigger gainz