Coaching Philosophy

Olympus Barbell Club fosters an environment that values respect, hard work, dedication, and determination.  The following points guide our etiquette and coaching philosophy:

  • Attitude is everything.  Please come with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
  • Practice common sense at all times.  If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right.
  • Lead by example.  Every coach believes that if you want someone to follow, then you need to lead by example.  We give 100% every day at every training event. 
  • Give 100%. Likewise, we expect nothing less than your absolute best every single time – it’s only going to benefit you in the end. 
  • You deserve our undivided attention.  Simply put, your success means everything to us.  Our coaches are professional, courteous, and knowledgeable.  
  • Technique over load, always. The more technical you are, the more efficient you are. The more efficient you are, the more you’ll lift. It’s important to focus on technique and the positions before we progress to loads. Your patience through this learning period will pay huge dividends in the end. 
  • Respect others. The Golden Rule applies to everyone at all times.  If you break this rule, you will be told to leave with no questions asked.
  • Be courteous to others. 
    • Do not walk in front of lifters as they are preparing for their lift. For some, it distracts them to just stand in their line of sight or anywhere in their peripheral vision.  Other than a coach for coaching reasons, please avoid doing this.
    • Only stand behind someone if you’re providing a spot.  Yes, the lifter can’t see you, so you’re not breaking that rule, but the athlete isn’t worried about saving you as the athlete bails from a max-effort lift. The bar may roll towards you and cause injury.
    • The use of chalk is meant to help you lift the bar, not to coat the entire room. Please, rub the chalk into your hands while you are over the chalk holder.  If you accidentally spill some, kindly wipe it up.
    • By all means, yell and scream!  If that pumps you up, then do it!  However, if you see someone else approaching their bar during a maximum effort attempt and you know you’re a yeller, just wait for them to finish their lift so you don’t run the potential of distracting them.
  • Keep the house clean and respect the equipment. This is your home just as much as mine. If you take care of it, it will take care of you!
  • Bring your loved ones and have fun! This is and will always be a family-oriented environment. There is no better motivation than to have your son/daughter watch you lift monstrous amounts of weight and think you’re Superman/Superwoman.  That reward is simply priceless.  We only ask that you be wary of their whereabouts.

This is a place where people come to grind out some hard training sessions, but it’s also a place where camaraderie is built and friendships are forged. When you sweat and suffer together, you’ll do just about anything for each other. If this sounds like something you would enjoy or sought for a long time, then come by and experience it today – you won’t regret it!