Do You Need A Coach?
Name me a sports person who wants to succeed and I’ll tell you who their coach is – because they all have one. Mo Farah, Pete Jacobs, Alistair Brownlee, Helen Jenkins, Jessica Ennis, Wayne Rooney, Charlie Pennington and Suzanne Faulkner (who?….Charlie came first in his age group at 70.3 in Austin but not only was he first in his age group he was THE first age grouper and came 9th OVERALL and Suzanne completed her first ever 5k race 3 weeks ago in 35 minutes – I only include them to show that it is not just professionals.
So what does a coach give an athlete?
- The focus is on YOU and what you want to achieve.
- A coach is someone to challenge you; to listen to you talking about training, work, time management, power, heart rate, splits. If you don’t value that then try talking to your wife or work colleagues about the 3:30 you ran in your first km of the 5k or going off 1:45 for your 20 x 100m swim session- they won’t care or interested and they won’t offer constructive advice or alternative strategies.
- A coach empowers an athlete to come up with a fresh approach to an old problem. If your run is a problem then the coach will work with you to try and fix it.
- A coach lets you test out your ideas and modifies them where appropriate. Do you want to do treadmill sessions or circuit classes that’s fine a coach will fit them into a schedule where appropriate to you goals but if it’s not appropriate the coach will tell you. A coach will often tell you where sessions are not helpful but may still include them because the athlete really wants to do them but the coach will tell the athlete the truth about the benefits. If it’s a mental benefit that’s great but the coach will realise this – remember 85% of athletes do what the want; the successful 15% do what they need to do.
- Your coach is probably the only person outside yourself who is interested in your sporting development.
- Your coach gives you accountability and commitment. This is a HUGE asset.
- They will ask you questions to get down to the real issue.
- They help the athlete identify what is really important for them.
- They will challenge to stretch the athlete. You wouldn’t do the sessions at the pace the coach sets. Sure you could say I’ll do an interval session but how many reps are you going to do and why? If a coach sets 8 x 2 mins at 3:50 per km there is a reason. What session would you set for yourself and what is that based on? Why was your coach setting your threshold pace at 3:50 per km and what would you set and why?
Science tells us that if you commit your goals to writing you are 40% more likely to achieve them.
It also tells us that if you tell someone else you are 60% more likely to achieve them.
Finally it tells us that if you have a coach you are 95% more likely to achieve your goals.
Do you need a coach…?
Personal Coaching with Kinetic Revolution
- Short Term, Long Term and Dream goal identification
- Online training schedule/diary that coach and athlete can view in real time
- Customised training plan dynamically adjusted to your needs
- Detailed daily program including target intensity and duration
- Ongoing phone, email, or Skype interaction as needed
- Advice and guidance on recovery, nutrition, fuelling and functional strength
- Coaching fees are payable in advance of receiving your program
- Agreed minimum coaching period 3 months
- £125 per month or £300 for 3 months (£75 saving)
- No start up fee. We believe new athletes should not pay a start up fee for initial assessment so we waver this.
- Your commitment is to be honest with us and yourself
- To be committed to the programme
- To enjoy the process and the outcomes