Today I want to talk SHOP!
There is a major difference between being a trainer and being a great coach! Trainers write programs and show their clients how to properly execute exercises while coaches go much deeper and change lives.
Lasting change is something that goes outside the walls of a gym.
I wanted to outline and briefly explain 31 ways to become a better coach!
I often hear questions about building a great business but if you want the inside scoop to an endless supply of clients, learn the secrets of great coaching.
- Never Say Can’t!
Obviously this word has a negative connotation but our clients tell themselves this all day long. Great coaches always use positive words and set up our clients to succeed not matter how small it may seem to us.
- Always add emotion to your training.
People want to know you care about them and you do. The more genuine you are and show this with your emotions during a training session the more alive it becomes and the more effective you become.
- Learn to communicate.
Everyone speaks a different language. Communication is the key to getting connected to your clients. A great coach will be able to connect with all their clients on a deeper level.
- Practice what you preach.
You may think this is crazy but have you ever seen an overweight trainer? How about a coach that is out getting drunk and posting it on Facebook? This is NOT coaching, this is just people trying to make money and avoid changing lives. In or der to change lives, you have to be able to change your life as well.
- Develop great listening skills.
There are many times when we just need to listen. A great coach will listen more and talk less. It’s their training, not ours and we need to listen to their needs.
- Learn to engage.
Engagement is in the family of communication. A great coach will engage their clients or groups like a great speaker will engage their audience. Connecting through engagement is a surefire way to coach up and get your clients to respond to your training.
- Build trust.
Trust in general is important but in fitness it is key. People will flock to you if they can trust you or feel that they can. Often, our clients have been misled, abused and mistreated. A great coach is trustworthy in all areas especially with the well being of their clients.
- Know the difference between thinking and believing and teach your clients the same.
“We say what we think, but we live what we believe.” There is a major difference between thinking and believing. A great coach will believe in their clients and be fully confident in what they teach and the results that they can provide.
- Be a (ROLE) model.
If you think about any “model”, you can understand this. It’s similar to practicing what you preach but goes a little deeper. A great coach will be a great model inside of the gym and outside of the gym. Your clients will look up to you and respect you.
- Have great expectations.
If you don’t have expectations for your clients, what will they subscribe to? A great coach will always have very high expectations and each one of their clients will know it.
- Always be prepared.
This sounds like a no brainer but many trainers just show up to work totally unprepared deciding what to do 5 minutes before their session. A great coach will always be prepared and be able to highly execute their will thought out plan. This is high level coaching.
- Promote TEAMwork.
A great coach will create a TEAM that their clients feel apart of. This will also play a major role in accountability. Just like in sports, every member of the team is expected to do their jobs and do them well!
- Have a Vision.
Without vision, everything we do is for nothing and just passes time. This is often seen in the gym. A great coach will have a vision of his own and help his clients to have their vision. Vision plus action changes a person from the inside out.
- Master Technique.
Fitness is not all science but it is some science. A great coach will stop at no cost to master all technique. It is unwise to ever be unclear on what you are teaching.
- Know your clients.
This is the importance of evaluations whether they are objective or subjective. A great coach will spend time getting to know every detail about their clients so that he can engage them properly.
- Learn to manage thinking.
Everyone thinks and they should but often our clients have an incorrect way of thinking. The amount of garbage on the Internet these days is incredible. A great coach will not just dictate but help their client to assess ideas and learn to think properly.
- Foster accountability.
Many of the above-mentioned strategies point to something greater and that is accountability. A great coach will promote accountability with the entire arsenal of their coaching style. All these great attributes contribute to accountability so much more than an email or a food journal.
- Master Nutrition.
As I said earlier, its not all science and it’s not all nutrition but the two together are powerful. A great coach will not only understand great nutrition but also be able to execute his philosophy with clients of many differences.
- Master Program Design.
The key to getting your clients results on a consistent basis is the ability to deliver high quality results on a consistent basis! A great coach will always have a system.
- Grow from Failure and teach this.
Everyone fails. This does not necessarily correlate to your skills and abilities. A great coach understands that this is just another opportunity to grow and will teach his clients this as well.
- Accept change.
All things change. For the better or worse makes no difference, it’s how we learn to handle change and use it to our advantages. In fitness, methods are ever changing and a great coach will adapt and overcome.
- Coach up habits.
I often see trainers trying to change someone’s food, someone’s sleep and other things but our habits are what need to be changed. A great coach will ensure that their clients habits change because this where long lasting change takes place.
- Make a difference.
If you have only 2 hours per week to see your clients, how will you affect change in every other hour of every other day? A great coach will make a difference (cause a person to be unlike their old self) in the other hours of their lives. This is critical.
- Develop relationships.
“Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.” (Ben Stein; Mentor Leader, 86) A great coach will always develop great relationships.
- Force results.
Take into account every thing I have stated so far. So, what do you mean “force results?” A Great coach will utilize all the skills above to make it simple to force people to get results. It’s a system.
- Make people BETTER.
The fitness world has gone a little crazy with all the methods used to “kill” people during workouts. The affect has been a negative one. People are scared and hesitant about getting healthy. For most, it will not take too much to see results and help someone get healthy. It’s not about you, it’s about them. Make them better!
- Take Action.
A great coach will always be proactive. It’s a trait of every good leader. There is great power in taking action and it leads to promoting your vision leading to your dreams!
- Be on FIRE.
All trainers say they lover their jobs but are you one fire all day, every day? Are your clients motivated just to see you? A great coach will always bring their A game and light people on fire with their fire.
- Be enthusiastic.
Enthusiasm is contagious. Great coaches achieve great things with the right enthusiasm. It releases the drive to carry you over the obstacles and adds significance to all you do.
- Be a leader.
A great coach will be a leader. His/her clients will follow. Their life is the example that others will aspire to. “Leaders become great not because of their powers but their ability to empower others.” John Maxwell
- Leave a legacy.
Many of the greatest coaches in the world are still talked about today.
Some of them have statues erected in prominent public places.
Their ability to change lives through coaching has left a legacy for others to follow.
Will you leave a legacy? Will you be remembered?
“A great coach will make their clients see what they can become and not what they are today.”
To your success,
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