The MONSTER GARAGE GYM/MAROSCHER COACHING LOG is a weekly Coaching Log by MGG owner, 2-Time WPC World Powerlifting Champion, Eric Maroscher, and is one of the Featured Coaching Logs at EliteFTS.

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Monster Garage Gym/Maroscher Coaching Log: (Log number LXII). “VERBAL CUES EVERY SET”

The purpose of this log is to show you training footage with regard to the utilization of verbal cues to set the lifter, every set.


COACHING: To instruct, to train, to teach…..

One of the obligations we have as a training partner in addition to helping load, spot, lift off, etc., is to point out to to our training partner(s) aspects of their technique that we see as the one working closest to them, that are in need of correction and/or affirmation. If you are in a one to one situation with a single training partner, this can be challenging as you are mostly working to keep them safe while spotting them.


However, when possible, or if you have a team you train with, coaching (assuming you are not brand new to the sport) should be a part of your daily routine when training with your partner. Coaching can take many forms be it creating a program for them, helping them at a meet, with their nutrition, but in this case, I am really honing in on the set to set, rep per rep coaching with regard to technique. Programming and meet prep and nutrition really won’t come into play if your partner’s technique is poor as that will serve to sabotage even the best constructed training or nutrition program. In my personal opinion and experience over two and a half decades of powerlifting, technique trumps all, and without it, the lifter is destined to produce sub-par results compared to what they would achieve with all other variables being the same with the addition of sound technique.


At the Monster Garage Gym we have a mix of powerlifters who train together. The diversity is rich as we have elite, novice, intermediate, geared, RAW, male, female and all time record holders all training together. That being said, there is coaching going on with virtually every set and rep regardless of the type of lifter. The coaching varies as do the lifters, but the focus remains the same, point out the shortcoming which is impacting the lifter in a negative way. What I am not talking about is encouraging or cheering-on or motivating the lifter as those can be verbal cues as well. Being your training partner’s encourager and being your training partners coach are two things that can happen simultaneously, but they are also mutually exclusive and the difference is stark to say the least.

The accompanying training video is an example of the coaching cues during a set, sometimes for every rep within the set. The verbal cues are not merely reminder, but commands for the lifter to heed as we want to squeeze every ounce of power and strength out of each and set because that is the only way we become strong(er) tomorrow than we were the day prior. Be the technical sounding board, the mirror, the one who critiques and corrects the technical flaws in your training partner(s) as that should happen training session after training session, set after set, rep after rep.

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