• Kyle Krancher

WHY YOU NEED A COACH (AND HOW TO PICK ONE)

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

even coaches have coaches

Three athletes stand arm in arm after winning medals in a Olympic Weightlifting competition
My coach, her husband (and also my team mate) after I qualified for University Nationals for weightlifting.

"I can do it on my own. I'll just YouTube it. I follow this girl on Instagram and she posts a ton of workouts. My friend is a personal trainer and he gives advice here and there."


At some point, we've either said these things OR we've heard someone else say it. I think we're all in agreement that there are SO many resources to help us get in better shape. But, here's the problem.


Those people on YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook aren't there with you every training session. They don't know what your specific goals are. They don't know what your past sports/exercise experience is. Shit, they might not even be qualified! Not to mention, they might not even be spreading accurate information. The more and more visible every person becomes through social media, the more likely we are to encounter #FakeNews.


On top of that, there's something to be said about in person, real-time training. Immediate feedback whether positive or negative should be given right away. It's the only way to enact real long term change; consistent, immediate feedback. It's impossible to get that through a screen. We need a coach. Period. Here are some reasons why.


we may know better, but coach knows best

When you don't know what the f*ck you're doing, Coach is there to guide you.

We hit the gym but aren't quite sure what we're going to do yet. After some thinking, we end up doing what we always do; the things we're good at and the things we like. We're getting ready to do another set but we're unsure on what weight to use. We're experiencing tightness/soreness/pain somewhere and don't know why or how to fix it. We do a movement but it just feels off and can't figure out where it's going wrong. Any of this sound familiar?


If we always fall back on what we know (or think we know) and what we like when it comes to working out, we're going to get really good at what we already know how to do and what we already like to do. Our coach will expose us to new training methods to keep us progressing but also to keep us interested. One of the biggest reasons we stagnate in both attendance and progress is boredom! The routine is the same, old, stale! Coach is there to keep it fresh, to present new ideas. Got some issues arising in a certain muscle? Bet you Coach knows why and how to fix it. Don't know how much weight to slap on the bar? Bet you Coach has been watching and can asses the quality of your movement and appropriately make weight selections. Does the movement feel funky? Again, bet you Coach was watching and knows exactly what, where, why, when and how.


Overall, our coach is there to show us new things to keep us engaged and progressing, healthy and maintained, technically sound and safe, but above all else, Coach is there to support you. When you don't know what the f*ck you're doing, Coach is there to guide you. Coach knows best.


"Trust the process, stay the course."

A coach helps her athlete stretch in a gym prior to warming up for a competition
Working out is hard enough as is. We don't need to add all these other layers on when that's literally a coach's job to create an individualized program, implement it, constantly asses and reassess, and finally make the necessary changes to stay the course.

This is something my coach said to me and something I say to my athletes now. In order to see if something is working, we have to stick with it long enough for some change to take place. We can't go constantly changing the overarching goal we're trying to attain, rather slightly altering the methods we use to get there. That's where our coach comes in. THEY are going to keep you on the course. THEY are going to make the necessary changes to training in order for us to achieve our goals. THEY are the ones we need to put our trust in because as we already discussed, coach knows best. Working out is hard enough as is. We don't need to add all these other layers on when that's literally a coach's job to create an individualized program, implement it, constantly asses and reassess, and finally make the necessary changes to stay the course. We have to trust in this process because there is no other way. Without trust in our coach however, we won't achieve anything.


Just like we need to trust that the process is working, we need to trust in our coach's ability and knowledge. The more we trust our coach knows what they're doing, the more likely we are to follow their instruction. That level of trust doesn't come overnight. It takes time to develop. Working out is a vulnerable experience. We're pushing our body to the limit and doing things we though were once impossible. With that, failure is an inevitable in trying new things. We're opening ourselves up to feedback from another person, our coach. If we don't feel like we can fail and be vulnerable in front of our coach, are we really going to put in the effort needed to become all we want to be?


HOW TO PICK A COACH


Hopefully we're convinced that we can benefit from having a coach by now. Here's my suggestion when it comes to finding one. Find someone who has done what we hope to achieve. No point in wanting to run a marathon and then seek out a coach who does body building. That method of training is not conducive to the end game. Find someone who you actually connect with. If you don't like your coach, you're not going to want to be around them. If you're not going to want to be around them, then how the hell are you going to get in your training? There are plenty of remote coaching programs out there where everything is done via apps and internet, but if there's not a relationship prior to that, you don't have a leg to stand on. Beyond that, do some research. Read reviews. ASK your potential coach about their experience. ASK why they do something a certain way. Challenge them to defend their knowledge. If they're in coaching for the right reasons, they're not going to view your questions as a challenge. Rather, they're going to view it as a teaching opportunity and a chance to build that trust. Besides, that's how coaches get better; by coaching MORE.


If you think I may be a good fit as your coach, leave me a comment or send me an email and we can start the process! If you don't think we're a good fit or we come to find out you're wanting to achieve something I don't feel equipped to help you with, I'll be more than happy to refer you to someone who can!


As always, I sincerely hope you found something useful in this post! Out of all the posts I've made, this topic in particular I feel the most passionate about. Even as we speak, I have a coach of my own for nutrition so I can better dial in my own goals as well as learn new ways to help future clients.


Thanks for the read and I'll see you on the next one!

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