Tip: Don't Just Get Tired. Get Better.

This is one of the most important lessons you can learn when it comes to choosing a workout plan or a coach. Check it out.

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Are You Getting Tired or Getting Better?

Any coach can make you tired, but it takes a true pro to make you stronger, faster, and more flexible. Athletes need to be aware of this, and so do regular gym-goers when they choose a class to take or a training program to follow. Unfortunately, they don't always distinguish between getting tired and getting better.

An Example

Let's say that two performance coaches were preparing two different athletes to improve their 40-yard dash times.

Coach A spends an hour teaching his athlete the proper track stance and first-step technique. Coach B makes his athlete perform jumping jacks for an hour straight.

The athlete who did jumping jacks for an hour would be more tired than the other athlete. But the other athlete got BETTER during his workout.

The Lesson

Athletes must be very careful when hiring a performance coach. There are a lot of uneducated coaches out there who make up for their lack of knowledge by just beating the crap out of their athletes. A lot of personal trainers do the same thing, including those selling ebooks and online programs.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for hard work. I just like to make sure the hard work has a reason and a purpose.

Joe DeFranco is an elite strength coach with the remarkable ability to improve strength, speed, power, mobility, agility, and sport-specific endurance. His clients includes NFL players from all 32 teams, MLB and NBA players, WWE superstars, UFC fighters, Olympic athletes, and high school and college All-Americans. Follow Joe DeFranco on Twitter