Programme VS People, and the P’s!!
Earlier this week I gave a talk to the students at Bolton University on the MSc Strength and Conditioning programme.
After the talk was finished we discussed a few areas, and the subject of programming came up.
For sure programming is important.
We must have that underpinning structure. We need to know our sets and reps.
When I first began coaching I was all about the programme. The programme needed to be right. The sessions were precise.
When I graduated from University I was smarter than I am now in terms of physiology and anatomy, kinematics and kinetics.
Now 8 or so years later with more experience my focus is on people not programmes.
The central point to any coaching experience is the people that are involved. The relationships we build.
I’m talking about players, athletes coaches, support staff.
Our job is to build relationships that results can be gained from .
When it comes to the programme, of course it’s important, but what’s more important is principles.
Principles underpin any programme.
If we follow them we know that the programme takes care of itself.
We can be more flexible in our approach.
We can work with people and adjust our approach with those principles in mind.
To get real results we also need purpose.
Why are you doing this?
What do you want?
Not just getting stronger, faster, leaner.
What does that give you?
With that purpose comes intent, and with intent comes results and development.
As coaches we must have passion. And we need to show it. Passion about our programmes, but most importantly passion about developing ourselves and our clients.
If our clients are pushing forwards to make the best of themselves then we need to stay one step ahead. We need to want it MORE than our clients and athletes.
Work with passion.
Focus on people, build and nurture relationships.
What’s your purpose and your clients purpose? From this you can work with intent and clarity.
Stick to the principles, everything stems from these.
Then think about the programme. What are you doing in tomorrows session to get better?
That’s the real order of merit.
Work with passion throughout. It’s a catalyst for all the above.
I came across these 2 smart picture from Gaping Void just now. It sums things up nicely. Of course we can substitute teaching for coaching.
Let me know your thoughts folks, much appreciated.
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