How Coaching Works
I believe it’s important for each client to understand the coaching process and expectations for your working relationship with your coach. This will enable you to work together more efficiently, and for you to achieve the greatest success.
The Coaching Process
Fitness coaching can help you to meet the goals that you have for your fitness when you take the time to develop a solid relationship with the coaching professional. It is the coach’s objective to motivate you and hold you accountable for achieving your goals. From an outside standpoint, a fitness coach may be able to see areas of concern that you are not able to discern. In that sense, the process raises your awareness of a different way to handle your fitness goals.
Coaches principles aim to achieve a goal, Keep it simple and don’t confuse yourself. Although many principles and techniques can be applied to many people, it’s about finding what works for you and doing things as required and not for the sake of doing. This allows us to work from the inside - out becoming the unstoppable force achieving personal and physical goals along the way.
What is Expected of the Client
The client is expected to attend each session on time and ready to work. They may need to be open to changes in their goals as the coaching process evolves. Coaches are not judgmental but impartial. To that end, coaches will ask the tough questions and expect the tough answers in order for growth to take place both personally and professionally, but only as it pertains to the clients fitness goals. However, clients do maintain the right to decide what topics to cover and to terminate a subject if they don’t want to discuss it further.
What is Expected of the Coach
The coach should be expected to listen to the client and their desires and work within that guideline as much as possible. Guidelines will be set down for each session ahead of time so that the client is aware of what behaviour will and won’t be tolerated. The goal of each coaching session is to work through setbacks the client may have, clarify goals through exercises and find ways to move forward on goals with the client, i.e. creating action items. The client is expected to hold themselves accountable for what they do and don’t do to make these sessions productive.
Here are some tips to really drive your success through your professional relationship:
- Meet weekly at a set time that you will agree upon together.
- To prepare for your session, decide on what area you’d like to focus. If you are unsure, then your coach will help you to determine where my help can be the most effective based on appropriate feedback, outcomes and trends that have been happening over the previous weeks.
- You will need to take the time to do the work necessary to grow your fitness. Coaching is not a “done for you” relationship. You must commit to do the work, or you will not have satisfactory results.
- If, at the time of your meeting, you are unprepared, you may need to reschedule to give you time to complete the work necessary to move forward, however the accountability of not completing the tasks previously agreed upon is also apart of what is involved with coaching.
- Each month, prepare and review how that month has gone, so that you can both know you are benefiting from your relationship. If at any time one of us feels you are not benefiting, you may agree to end your relationship or reassess how to proceed forward and what other coaching approaches may need to be taken.