COACH OR TRAINER? – WHICH ONE ARE YOU?
Are you a coach or are you a trainer?
Coaches guide and develop people; trainers train dogs and beat people. Of course this is extreme. How you define yourself is your decision and I’m antagonising you. But my challenge to you is: Why not set the bar high?
Getting the best out of your clients and athletes is not about simply getting the best numbers in the gym or on the track, this is the easy part. It’s connecting the mind to the body, bringing thought into the equation, developing an understanding of the process. This is the process we need to focus on. Our communication, leadership and the example we set to people are things that can help take the training from being just that to an actual development process of body and mind.
Let’s look at communication.
How often does the client or athlete get involved in the program design?
How often are they consulted for their thoughts and perspective on things?
How often do we really listen to these answers if or when we do ask the questions?
Listening is a skill and really helps engage people in the process. We can actually learn something from listening if we can learn to listen.
So are you making people better or just putting them through a session? There’s a big difference …
Think of yourself as a coach.
Behave like a coach.
Develop yourself and others.