Coaching is a Science (But Mostly an Art)

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

The basics of coaching are pretty much common knowledge… Do work, eat, recover, do more work, eat some more, recover some more, repeat, and eventually (hopefully) obtain a substantial fitness gain over time.

Coaching, like life, can be a balancing act. In fact, there are many metaphors for life and coaching that are similar, but alas, I’ll get into that in the future in another blog post.

Let’s delve into some factors that I think are important for coaching to be effective.

Motivations and driving forces.

Everybody has a reason, and more likely a set of reasons, for wanting to become fitter. Taking the time to explore these reasons in greater depth can produce a more fulfilling outcome in the long run. Unfortunately, sometimes our strongest motivating factors can result in more stress over time, so taking the time to carefully curate and then operate from, the platform of a healthy and grounded set of motivations can set the tone for a more fulfilling outcome in sport and performance.

Abilities and biology.

It’s no secret that each person has a unique set of biological circumstances that result in performance outcomes. Our physiology, including chemistry and body geometry,

are predetermined, but that’s not to say that we can’t optimize what we’ve got! Willingness is included in this. What each person is willing to do to obtain fitness rewards is a gigantic piece of the puzzle.

Support system.

Do the people in your life support your goals and dreams? Secondarily, do you support them as well? Your first thought might be, “of course I do”, but a quick look at your weekly routine and actions may answer that question for you in a different light.

Metrics analysis.

This is where science and art come into play the strongest and where your coaching investment proves to provide you the greatest benefit. A trained and experienced coach uses your subjective response to a workout and factors in your heart rate response, distances/times and power output to determine how to adjust your schedule, as well as continue to create workouts that properly challenge you without creating too much fatigue.

Desired Outcome.

With some finesse and a little luck, you then achieve the result: a “peak” performance at your desired event. There are many forces at play, but a relationship with the right coach is the first step.

My final point.

Competition doesn't always have to be focused on others... and I believe that this notion does somewhat of a disservice to the healthy pursuit of fitness through sport as a means to quality of life and longevity. See more on my coaching philosophy here.

Talitha Vogt is a certified endurance and wellness coach with an elite racing background. She has 22 years of experience as a mountain biker, including 12 total years of racing and other events. Leveraging her wellness coaching experience, she provides custom-tailored training plans and accommodating coaching for women locally in the front range of Colorado and online for anywhere else in the world.

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