Positive-Negative-Positive Cue

     Good cueing for exercises when teaching groups or individuals is essential as part of running a session effectively.  I would say that the bulk of my sessions this summer have been no more than 5 people 😦 at a time but when I did have the oppurtunity to work with a group of 8-12+ I realized that the more I was to the point on what I wanted to see and what I did not see, the better the outcome of the exercise.  When working one-on-one, there is more time to talk about technique and what I want to see when they perform the exercise and why, but groups it is a different story.  I found that as I get more experience the more I learn what to say for the various exercises in order for athletes to respond the best. 

The sign I give an athlete for good exercise technique

      When I think back to how a session went I try to think of the cues I gave.  What I increasingly realize (and what I learned from other strenghth coaches) is that most athletes do not want to hear anatomy, or the reasoning behind the exercise, “what does this work,” etc.  They want to know how to do it and what not to do. Simple.  Because of this, I try to implement a positive-negative-positive approach to cueing.  Meaning, when demonstrating an exercise show them what you want to see (a few cues), then what you do not want to see, then finish with another positive cue/comment.  Always end on the positive.

At the end of the day, you can go back and say to each athlete…

Thank God we do not have any Peter’s at Endeavor, otherwise this is what I am saying after every successful movement.



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4 replies

  1. It is always difficult to get knowledgeable people with this issue, nevertheless, you be understood as you understand exactly what you are posting about! Appreciate it.

  2. Can you please pray for me i really need it
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