How often do we ask our athletes for feedback? As the ones actually performing the workout, an intelligent athlete is the best judge as to whether a workout was effective. Recently I had my team perform the following set:
The group did an excellent job on the set. When we concluded, I asked them to consider ways in which the set could have been improved. Here are the suggestions that I got:
The first suggestion was most popular — they would have preferred to have been able to choose the drill they got to do rather than the ones I prescribed (at the bottom of the first picture). Overall, I was pleased with the level of thought they put into this and the fact that the suggestions didn’t all make the workout “easier.”
Overall, it was a good moment of trust and communication between athletes and coach. I highly recommend you give it a try sometime.