sometimes you/your athlete just has this mental brain fart thing.
that usually means that the nervous system is approaching overload or has overloaded.
one thing you can do to give you some space, or some working room, is something so far away from lifting.
talk about or do something that forces the athlete to engage and think but about something that is very much not weightlifting.
so in this case movies. what is your favorite movie? other questions i like are - where are you from? what is your favorite food? who is your favorite actor? where do you get good tacos/bbq/sushi around here? things like that.
coaches play with that little life hack. see how far it takes you.
Good rules for being a good coach and for being a good person from one of the best coaches ever.
In life, in lifting, and in coaching, there are shortcuts that you can take, times where you can choose to turn a blind eye because we're lazy or scared to do the right thing.
I play for the long game. Set up the foundations and basics now so that we can build upon them later on. In life, I choose to do the right thing because it's what I would want done for me and because it helps bring peace to my heart and soul - it helps me sleep at night.
In terms of doing the best we can - fortunately or unfortunately, we don't come in with all the answers. I know I'm a good coach but I also know that I don't know everything.
Also each athlete is different, so what works for one athlete may not work for another - so in that sense, it's like starting fresh each time. The only thing I can do, and the only thing I ask my athletes to do, is to do my best and for them to do their best.
For the lifters...