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A human is still the most extraordinary computer of all

What do Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber, and Nike all have in common? They were all founded by humans. They are all run by humans.

We have more technology than ever in the history of mankind right now. You’d think that technology would replace humans, but it is not going to do that. It never will. It doesn’t have a mind. Humans do.

Doctors will never be replaced by robots. Coaches will never be replaced by apps.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who choose technology over humans. And in some cases, technology is way better than humans.

But with coaching, here is why technology will never replace humans…

1. A custom training program is not just plugging in numbers and spitting out workouts. A properly designed program is tailored to the individual needs of the athlete. For example, you can’t just look at a runner’s finish time and plug it into a calculator and expect a well-rounded, customized workout. You need to look at their personality type, experience with racing, pain tolerance, nutrition, hydration, weight, body fat percentage, pacing, and genetics. You also need to factor in such environmental conditions as heat, humidity, wind, rain, uphills, and downhills. So many factors play into determining an athlete’s physical fitness level, therefore no technology can replace how the mind processes these influencing factors. No algorithm can be created for that.

2. No technology will ever be able to monitor the progress of an athlete beyond numbers. Are there trackers to look at the numbers? Absolutely. But it’s more than just the numbers. Technology is a great tool and often does an outstanding job to create and organize data on an athlete, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. The flesh-and-blood part that all of these new apps don’t understand is that the human mind sees so much more than numbers!

3. Adjusting workouts along the journey in someone’s training progress is also a key component to success in running. Technology cannot possibly replace human judgment in making adjustments to workouts as progress and conditions dictate. Well I guess it can, but it can’t do it better. That’s my point. Data, or the workout statistics, is just one thing to look at. It doesn’t tell the whole story.

The latest running app and free online training plans will get you mediocrity, at best. If you want to become your best, surpassing all that is average and holding you back, you must not rely on technology alone. Hire a professional that designs, monitors and adjusts your training program especially for you, not the latest algorithm that pretends it is you.

A human is still the most extraordinary computer of all.

Yours in training,

Coach Scott Fishman

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