Absolutely. In no way is anything I am saying an attack on any particular coach or coaches, though it is an attack on arrogant coaches that believe they are going to be the great planner, are going to come up with the perfect plan- and some do exist. Hell, at one time, I was very proud of my programming ability. But no matter how good a coach is at feeling the vibes of the lifter, the lifter will always be in a better position to know whats going on. Absolutely they will make mistakes. Sometimes the coach or others may give them good advice they reject. They will learn from their mistakes, if they are great. If not, they won't be great anyway. And, if they aren't having fun, they are doomed. I think many great coaches in the country show many of these tendencies I am describing. John Thrush in particular has a very laid back approach. Even at the jr squad camps where we were under "scientific" [positivist] study, lifters were allowed to break the rules. I of course can tell many great stories, with Vernon Patao coming to mind right off the bat. The "Bulgarian" approach is pretty much just a less focused and clear expression of this idea, in my opinion.
Champions break the rules, so there is little point in making them in the first place unless the athlete just desires them.
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