So as not to drag this post in hopes of getting some responses from you kind people, I just wanted to say that I have run into some obstacles in my training and am having some trouble communicating my concerns to my coach. He has become impatient with me and his lack of tolerance is affecting my training. That being said, I have grown very fond of my coach and team mates this past year and without their guidance and direction and am lost and confused.
Cherine,Is your coach certified USAW?Tommy konos weightlifting book is awesome very simple to read, lots of pics, stories, and of course technique.Also take a look at the videos of the women in the world championships on this site.
This is troubling to me that he would get impatient and intolerant of your mistakes. He is supposed to be the coach and the expert and perhaps he is not adequately portraying to you what he wants from your technique. You know nothing of the sport so it lies on him to have the patience to teach you what you need to do. I may be looking into what you said too much but you make it sound like you have hit some technique issues in your lifting that is holding you back some.
You are a beginner so technique issues are common. I coach many high schoolers in the lifts where it seems like I keep telling them the same things in many different ways and they do not seem to get it but I do not get impatient with their mistakes it is part of the sport. It will eventually click with them and we can progress further. I do not want to tell you what to do, but if it were me I would consider the possibility of a different coach if possible.
But to answer your question, if you have the money taking a USAW coaching course helped me learn the techniques and the assistance exercises. I did it to learn how to coach the lifts but fell in love with the sport and used the knowledge I learned to somewhat self coach myself (although this is not optimal) until I found a coach. The course also comes with a DVD, but it can be pricey, however part of the course is hands on so maybe a fresh pair of eyes can fix what you are doing wrong.
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