Being Coachable

Being coachable is one of life’s most important skills for people that wish to grow, learn, improve or peak perform in all areas of their life. If you wish to change any of your current output, you need to be willing to change, transform or improve your input: doing the same thing will only lead you to the same results. Here is a list of people who benefit from being coachable: Everyone More specifically inside the gym, the coach-athlete relationship is a two-way street. Athletes are a key ingredient in making the relationship work; they have some responsibility for realizing what it takes to be coachable and being willing to behave accordingly. Why should you care? Because you’re investing time, effort, money into your training and all these resources are limited. If you want to make the most of it, here are some tips on how to become more coachable:
  1. When the coach is briefing the workout or going over ways to attack the workout. Having to repeat takes time away from athletes. You only have 60 minutes, make them count.
  2. Take your time when we go over progressions. Your aim should be quality and not quantity, especially when learning a new skill. Don’t rush, clear your mind, focus on the task at hand and concentrate on the cues the coach has given you. Work on making small improvements; details matter. Marginal gains over time leads to big wins.
  3. Write your cues down on your phone or in a journal. If there was a tactile or verbal cue that worked well with you, pin it down. Athletes internalize things in different ways; keep an inventory of your fixes and what works for YOU.
  4. Be humble. Always remember that the coaches have your best interests at heart. Their goal is to see you perform well and smash your goals. If they ask you to take a step back (pick a lower weight, use some progression of a movement) leave your ego outside and do it.
Communication is complex and varies according to individuals. It is always a two-way street. Communication is both verbal and non-verbal and as coaches we do our best to understand your physical and emotional capabilities. Help us make you better, be open, be coachable.   By: Amanda Dutko, Performance Coach