GAINcast Episode 225: Training audit

The best programs have a process to keep getting better. This starts with quality debriefing, but it continues with more in-depth training audits. The audit aims to use an outside perspective to thoroughly evaluate a program so you can make objective changes and modifications if necessary. On this week’s GAINcast we explain the various forms training audits can take, along with practical examples of audits in action.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 2:45 – Examples of training audits.
  • 6:15 – Purpose: “The goal of a training audit is to thoroughly evaluate the training program so you can make objective changes and modifications if necessary.”
  • 7:30 – Informal audits and evaluations. Comparing debriefs and audits: “A debrief is an inside look at the training. An audit brings an outside perspective.”
  • 9:00 – Finding an outsider: “We all look at our sport through a certain lens. Bringing in an outside might help you identifying gaps that are being overlooked.”
  • 11:30 – Overcoming biases in coaching.
  • 14:00 – Starting with a clear understanding of the philosophy and vision.
  • 15:30 – Understanding your plan and program: “The 5 Ss of programs are speed, strength, stamina, suppleness, skill. Ask how are they addressed? In what propositions? How do they interact?”
  • 17:45 – What was planned vs. what was achieved.
  • 20:45 – Facilities and equipment use. “People get locked into training in one small area instead of looking at what else is available.”
  • 21:30 – Individualization.
  • 22:45 – Visiting other coaches and peer feedback.
  • 27:45 – Learning by watching the warmups.

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: