7.) If you’re going to do something, you better be able to defend it.
This is another tidbit from Coach Sutton with regard to writing and executing workouts and programs.
I can tell you from start to finish why we’re doing the exercises I’ve chosen, the order they’re in, the loading scheme, and how it fits your goals. I can defend everything that I do with my clients.
Now I’m sure there are lots of coaches who could “defend” their programs, so this is really a gray area and difficult to define, which means it’s up to you to define it. Are you doing the exercise because it will elicit a particular effect? Will it get your client or athlete to a goal or endpoint that is beneficial to them? Or did you find it on YouTube and think it was cool..
The next time you’re writing a workout program for someone else, or even writing your own, ask yourself “can I defend this workout?”
Can you defend your barbell squat over a goblet squat with your client or athlete? Can you defend making your athletes run ‘gassers’ at the end of practice (are you eliciting a response? or just punishing them?). Can you defend your dumbbell bench press variation over regular bodyweight pushups? Think about it..
Because if you’re going to do something, you had better be prepared to defend it