Yikes, today was good and not so good at the same time. Let me explain.
At work, the pool is closed because they’re getting it ready for winter which means putting this big dome thing over it. So for the whole week that it takes for that to get done, the swim team can’t get in the water so we do dryland exercises. In the past, we’ve played games like soccer or kickball just to have some fun. However, this year since we’re getting bigger and better we actually wanted to put our time to good use and give the kids a good workout.
So I came prepared of course. We were going to do jumping jacks, seal jacks, burpees, squat jumps, explosive lunges, push ups, sprints, etc. You get the point. I was so excited for it too because this whole world of exercising with actual workout clothes on out of a pool is something that my swimmers never ever get to experience. Being able to teach them and guide them through the exercises was going to be a world of fun for me.
However, I sometimes forget that most of these kids are between the ages of 13 to 16. Meaning, if they’re not interested then there’s nothing I can do to make them listen to me. It was a disaster. They ran for 3 min, got bored and stopped. They complained after 7 jumping jacks that their legs hurt. It put me in such a bad mood that I just couldn’t get inspired to motivate them to keep going. The thing is that these kids are swimmers. If they weren’t used to exercising then that would be something else. I would go easy and show patience. But these kids can swim for 2 hours straight and not get tired. So what do you mean 7 jumping jacks hurt your legs???
I know, I know. They’re kids. It’s alright. What upset me more was the situation and how it affected me. I just need to find a way to be motivating even when people don’t want to be motivated. That’s something I need to work on. Not everybody enjoys a good workout as much as I do and I need to be okay with that. I can’t put the blame on myself and think that I’m this horrible coach who doesn’t know a flip. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing and lead by example. If some of my energy rubs off on somebody else, then I’ll be 100% happy. If it doesn’t, then I shouldn’t be hurt about it.