Better coaching: The difference that makes the difference….
The difference that makes the difference.
This is a phrase from a recent course I attended. A coaching course in a sense, leadership definitely, but certainly not sports coaching or S&C.
The coaches/trainers used this phrase when discussing interventions and how to prioritise.
What is the difference that makes the REAL difference.
In coaching there are so many things that you can change.
In programme design, so many variables that can be altered.
Sets and reps is just the start of things. Think tempo, exercise choice, rest time, complexity, fatigue, volume and much, much more.
In coaching think about your approach. Your instructions, too little, too much, your output versus athlete input into the session. Your behaviour, is it conducive to high performance or the populations you work with? Have you considered it?
What about the athlete? Think about their intent, focus, their motivation, their understanding of the task, their consistency and commitment to training, and buy-in to the process.
Then you have the environment as well. The culture in place, the people in that environment (similar to culture), the facilities, the surroundings. The inspiration. This is SO important.
And of course the goal. THE most important part. What is the change or changes we are seeking, and by when.
Is the development going to come from changes to the programme, the coaching, the environment, the athlete. Or a combination of all these factors.
Everything affects everything.
But what makes the BIGGEST difference?
Of all those things you can change, what is the difference that makes the difference?
Thats the one that needs to be addressed.
It’s worth thinking carefully about this one.
Cheers as always,
Let me know your thoughts,