Knowing the finer points of a movement is important to being a great trainer, but it might be equally important to be a passionate, energetic person who creates a great atmosphere and motivates clients.
You can know everything there is to know about squatting, but you’ll be lecturing to an empty gym if you don’t have the skills to use that knowledge to help clients who don’t care about physics, anatomy and biomechanics.
“The desire to get too deep into the nuance of the movement is startlingly the exclusive province of the folks who have got no clients,” Coach Greg Glassman explains in his garage.
It’s certainly important to know and understand how to deadlift, but you still have to make a client enjoy doing it—and therein lies the art of training.
Additional Reading: Motivating Athletes by Dave Tate, published Aug. 14, 2009.