We’ve heard it all before:
“I’ve been racing and riding for years!”
“What are they going teach me that I don’t already know?”
“Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach….”
But have you ever considered why the best performers, the top professionals, the elite athletes ALL have a coach? We take a look at why you DO need a coach and the benefits of coaching.
We take a look at why you DO need a coach and the benefits of coaching.
The answer lies in PERSPECTIVE.
Simply put, a coach gives you objective opinion and focus that you are incapable of yourself. A coach can objectively assess your strengths and weaknesses without emotion or excuse in order to focus your efforts effectively.
FAST TRACK YOUR PERFORMANCE
One of the major benefits of coaching is a good coach will provide a focussed and structured training plan to fast-track your performance and monitor your progress.
Every session will have a purpose or objective to keep you moving towards your goal and they’ll also identify key areas to work on, analyse the data and adapt your programme accordingly. So every minute spent sweating and all your time spent training gives you maximum bang for your buck!
One of the reasons you need a coach is that they will stretch you beyond your perceived capabilities without fear of failure or self-limiting attitudes. Have you really pushed yourself out of your comfort zone and taken on a challenge beyond what you’ve ever done before? Probably not, or not often enough.
We tend to repeat the same behaviours and patterns and stick to what we know. We often get stuck in a rut of the same old trusted training routines – with the same old techniques – for the same old races – with the same old results. But we are usually capable of so much more!
A good coach believes in your unlimited potential. They may suggest training techniques or even events you’ve never considered before, but they will prepare you for success and help you unleash that potential by guiding and advising you along the way. By setting incremental goals and providing expert insights and feedback on your performance, your new-found fitness, confidence and results should start speaking for themselves!
AVOID ANALYSIS PARALYSIS
The data available from contemporary fitness devices can be mind boggling! Your coach will make sense of all the metrics and interpret your results to help you avoid analysis paralysis.The data available from contemporary fitness devices can be mind boggling!
Your coach will make sense of all the metrics and interpret your results to help you avoid analysis paralysis. By objectively monitoring various performance parameters including Heart Rate, Power, Speed and Recovery, they are able to determine whether you have overcooked, undercooked or hit the sweet spot for every session. They will easily be able to see what factors played a role in winning or losing that race, where you went wrong and make constructive suggestions for improvements.
FAIL TO PLAN = PLAN TO FAIL
We often adopt a haphazard approach to our fitness that can easily be derailed by work, family, or other distractions. This produces corresponding disappointing, sometimes surprising, results that we cannot repeat or attribute to any one thing. So if we were successful, we cannot replicate that performance because we don’t know what lead to that outcome, or similarly if we failed, we also can’t identify where we went wrong.
A good coach will develop a progressive plan that you can follow – either actively or passively, that will fit into your lifestyle and your level of involvement in that plan is up to you. He or she will develop a strategy, from the stepped approach towards your fitness, to your execution of a race strategy that should lead to a predictable outcome.
As the old adage goes “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”