Coaching is a science, and an art. The science is knowing that there are good ways to squat (proper form, reduce risk of injury and gain strength), and bad ways to squat (putting the body in a vulnerable position, increasing risk of injury).
The science is teachable, the art is how well a coach learns their athlete and can apply the science in artful forms to said athlete.
Part of learning your client is to know as much about them as possible. Work habits, sleep patterns, stress levels, etc. But the details can also add up. Things like what side of the couch they always sit on to watch TV or movies, how high the desk is in relation to the chair they use at work every day, how many peas were on their plate at supper that got eaten, if they are getting drunk and dancing naked on the tables at the club or keeping it to one or two drinks, how much time was spent wake boarding at the lake on the weekend including how many times they fell off and in which direction, if female-what kind of bra they use, the type of pillow you sleep on, etc.
You see, if I am able to improve your life in each and every area by just 1%, it will add up to a great improvement in your training. Take your pillow for example, if you test out 30 different pillows with different kinds and shapes and sizes, etc, and find the BEST one for you, use only that pillow instead of any that are not the BEST. It will improve your sleep by 0.1-0.5%. You may say that is not very much. True. But if you then go and find the optimum position to have the seat in your car, it adds another 0.1-0.5% to the quality of your ‘training’. I say training because everything you do in life will either help you reach your goal, or set you back further from your goal. Yes, everything.
If 10 aspects of your life can be improved by 0.1-0.5% each, that will add up to 1-5% improvement WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE. Not one added workout and up to 5% performance increase just by making a few small changes to your lifestyle. (see my post, Train smarter, not more!)
I have lost clients over this, asking “too much personal information”. I have also had clients become much closer to me as they see I really do try to understand everything about them and get the very best result for them. And I have had clients laugh at me and carry on as they were. Different people respond differently and that is part of the art of coaching. The science is only half of the training equation, the art side is a lot messier but can be a lot of fun! So be artful in your training approach and the science of improving every aspect of your life by just 1% will help lead you to your training goals! And that is awesome! 🙂