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.