Coaches help people accomplish goals faster through expertise, accountability, motivation, and insight. Here are some examples.
Athlete 1: Trains at a gym already.
- Expertise: The coach will help you apply the day’s training program to what your goals are. For example, if you are training in CrossFit at a gym with the class, there is a general training plan. But you want more strength, then the coach scales the WOD and makes it heavier. Or maybe you want more gymnastics, so the coach scales the WOD and take out a barbell movement and replaces it with a different gymnastics movement that’s a focus.
- Accountability: The coach will demonstrate movements and help ensure movements are done to standard. In addition, the coach will instruct other athletes to help hold the entire group to standard. If we are moving correctly, we lower the risk for injury.
- Motivation: Not everyone is “feeling it” every day. Occasionally the coach will remind the athlete their “WHY” for training in order to help motivate athletes to perform more diligently. Or the coach will drop a line and text or call an athlete who may have been absent. The goal is for the coach and athlete to form a set of rituals and habits to carry them forward through all the peaks and valleys of training.
- Insight: A coach recognizes that an athlete has certain qualities, for example is mobile and is explosive. Consequently, the coach suggests the athlete use CrossFit for conditioning but to focus more on Olympic lifting which takes advantage of the athlete’s natural abilities.
Athlete 2: Trains at home.
- Expertise: Some rather spend their time at home training. In this instance the coach can write a program and tailor it to the athlete’s goals and access to equipment. In addition, the coach can use videos and a library of movements to demonstrate and instruct a stay-at-home athlete from afar.
- Accountability: The coach can check in and discuss the athlete’s progress, nutrition habits and pitfalls, and results. The coach can also watch vids sent by the athlete to help critique and instruct the athlete for better movement patterns. The sooner that things are corrected, the sooner the athlete can advance.
- Motivation: The coach can listen and address any mental barriers or concerns and help keep the athlete on task. Motivation is fleeting, but discipline lasts. So, the coach will help the athlete form consistent habits that last decades instead of weeks.
- Insight: The coach can assess all the factors that affect the athlete’s overall health and performance: sleep patterns, dealing with stress, obstacles and restraints, nutrition knowledge and habits, as well as the normal training issues. Then the coach can bring everything together in order to construct a training plan that is optimal, not suboptimal and slow.
The point is you can reinvent the wheel or get to where you want to go faster, easier, and more directly by using a coach. Contact us for a Game Plan Session to set up a free consultation: www.calendly.com/jimbeebe