Clean start-Audit time
By John Rahme
An audit can be very daunting and scary experience, bringing in an unfamiliar face and a stranger to give you advice on where your business has been and is gone wrong. It’s hard not to be offended by suggestions that the auditor makes as it suggests to you that you are not capable of managing your own business.
What if we change the word business in the above paragraph and change it to TRAINING or LIFE.
Now this becomes a lot harder to comprehend to me because I am challenging my life and my life of training. All that I have believed in and all principles and methods that I based a life time of training on.
Ok, let’s look at it from another point of view,
IF I FIND IN THIS AUDIT THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG – WHY KEEP ON DOING IT?
IF I FIND IN THIS AUDIT THAT SOMETHING IS RIGHT – DO I IMPROVE IT OR LEAVE IT?
I have been training since the age of 13 years old. From the traditional bodybuilding methods, then training as a boxer and kick boxer I adapted to these sports in the gym and the field with the best of knowledge that I had at the time. After these stages I was blessed to have a part of been involved in rugby league, train a couple of boxers and help people in general.
After 17 years of training I have tried just about every method and variation I could. Or have i? Have I committed to each method to its full potential? I look back and contemplate on occasions where I chopped and change so much that it resulted in almost no results.
So today, at the tender young age of 40 years young I have stopped and decided that it was time to audit my life and my training life.
My first step was to print out all the training programs I have gone through. From the original program and all the changes I made to the program.
Secondly I took out my training diary and examined what I did and what I was trying to achieve.
Thirdly, I printed out all the programs I designed for teams and athletes.
With all the information in front of me of my past and present, I found it daunting and uncomfortable to start as I wasn’t sure on how to go about this process. i can be forgiving and show empathy to others but when it comes to looking at myself i find that I can be very judgemental towards myself and I whip myself for mistakes or things I have done. These mistakes are not purposely set out but they were made at the time with the information or knowledge I had at that point of my life.
In order to do this in a proper and professional manner, I sacked John Rahme the current manager and did a role play of hiring john Rahme the auditor, and he was asked to look at my programs past and present and to place a report in front of me in where he believed I may have went wrong and how I could improve the day to day workings of my training life.
THE AUDIT FOUND THE FOLLOWING POSITIVES AND THINGS TO LEARN FROM.
PROGRAMS FOR ATHLETES AND TEAMS – we found at the time of the programs were written that to his best of knowledge at the time he presented the best he could, where we believed that he could have performed better was taking more time in individualising the program to the athlete. We also found that he spent a little more time with the athletes or team members that he got along with better and placed a little more emphasis on them.
JOHN RAHME’S PERSONAL TRAINING – we found that he had a willingness to experiment with his own idea’s at an early age but also this caused him to be close minded about other training methods and variations.
Once he became more open minded and stopped his belief that his way was the only way and realised that he was not master or the great inventor of sports training and was just a student, , his knowledge base expanded.
We commend him on his passion and search for knowledge, in saying this we found that he regularly never completed a training block that he designed or set out to do, he would be distracted to easily with new information he read or become obsessed immediately with a new training method or advice and change what he was doing.
With john doing what he did as mentioned above, we found a period of nil advancement in lifts, size, strength and power.
We compliment john on his willingness to ask the most stupid or silly question in order to get an answer for the question he does not know, even though at times he was quiet embarrassed to ask that question with an underlying “fear of looking like an idiot factor”
We recommend that in his willingness to ask questions that he first research the question and become more aware of the subject before simply looking for a quick fix.
We found that later on in his training with the guidance of people around him that his training became more advance and he would finish off training blocks.
We found that he also needs to break the habit of distraction as he still to today will chop and change to readily in order to reach what he believes to be a perfect training block.
We make the following statement to john in hope to reinforce what he already knows. “THERE IS NO PERFECT TRAINING ROUTINE, BUT THERE IS NO EXCUSE NOT TO STRIVE FOR PERFECTION”
Ok, that was hard but needed to be done. Please let me make something clear, I am far from perfect in my life and training life, I have numerous defects of character. These need to be addressed and are been dealt with. I find the more I look outside the less I see of inside. Now I look inside and deal with inside, for wherever I go I will be there and it is I that I need to live with.
Yours in training