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  • Writer's pictureJeff McHugh

Five Tips On Coaching Struggling Performers

The author, wishing he had skipped boxing gym and gone to brunch

Is fitness among your 2020 resolutions? Over the holidays I attended a group circuit training class where a coach led us through a series of exercises — and I got a life lesson with my workout.

An overweight, wheezing participant excused himself before the class was over. But instead of calling him a quitter, the coach gave the guy a glowing high-five.

In front of the class, the coach bragged that the man joined the gym after a heart attack and lost 50 pounds. He praised the guy for struggling through every workout and coming back for more.

The trainer was enthusiastic that the man was at the gym on Thanksgiving morning when many others were sleeping in....

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