Tag Archive for: Art of Coaching

Defining your coaching philosophy

I’ve been blogging for more than a decade, and doing interviews for seven years now. Over that time I’ve had the opportunity to conduct more than 160 interviews with top coaches around the world on this site, the HMMR Podcast, and the GAINcast. The interviews have covered the whole range of coaching, from coaches of gold medalists and world record holders, to the best minds in youth training and physical education. Read more

Case studies in player-centered coaching

We talk all the time about culture, but what exactly is it? Wade Gilbert defines it in his coaching book “Team culture has been defined as a pattern of shared assumptions that guides behavior . . . Culture comprises both the obvious artifacts of the team and the less obvious norms and rituals.” In other words, culture is the way we do things around here. Read more

England Rugby and the art of coaching

It was just past noon and I was starving. After taking an early train from central London to Pennyhill Park and spending all morning on the rugby pitch, I was ready to eat. I loaded up a plate full of chicken teriyaki and noodles, but as I sat down Eddie Jones asked me a question before I could get a bite in: “So, Martin, what gives you an edge in the hammer throw?” Read more

GAINcast Episode 122: Competition management

Coaches wear many hats, one of which is manager. In April we discussed training session management. On this week’s GAINcast we look at another management function: competition management. When you think of the amount of time we invest in training, competition management demands our focus. Poor competition management means all of our preparation is for not. To help, we share our experiences and the key factors to consider in competition management and preparation. Read more

Adding an element of theater to coaching

When we go to the doctor, we’re usually either sick or worried that something might be wrong with us. We make the trip in the hopes that we’ll be reassured or cured. What we don’t realize is tha the trip itself might play the most important role in getting better. Recent research has shown us that it is often the very act of interacting with a medical professional, or the thought that our concerns have been taken seriously, is enough to make us feel better . Read more

4 simple strategies to enhance the athlete learning process

The other day, while catching up with a good friend over the phone, who has been a coach for nearly 30 years. He had reached out to give me some feedback on my recent online course which focuses on all things behavior and the “art of coaching,” and given his vast and varied experience, I was anxious to absorb any constructive criticism he could offer. Read more

GAINcast Episode 121: Coaching better (with Wade Gilbert)

All coaches want to get better, but how many have a structured plan to do that? Getting better doesn’t happen on its own. Professor Wade Gilbert’s job is to study the best coaches in the business, and on this episode of the GAINcast he joins us to talk about what the best coaches do to improve their craft, including some common traits of high performing environments and ideas on how to practice better. Read more

Reflections on the art of coaching

Novice and average coaches discuss sets and reps and argue training systems. Great coaches do not waste their time and energy in such debates, for they understand that:

“The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.
The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

– Harrington Emerson

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Let the athletes choose

It’s easy to fall into the trap as a coach of focusing primarily on physiology and biomechanics when carrying out your sessions, as these aspects are often easy to quantify, as well as giving us an illusion of prediction, increasing our confidence in the outcome. But, as is always the case, things are rarely that simple. New research continues to show how athlete choice can help a program’s effectiveness. Read more

The craft of coaching

Everyone wants to be an artist nowadays, coaches included. The art of coaching is not only the site theme in June, it is held up as the holy grail of coaching. Take a step back, however, and it’s not the art of coaching that actually separates the top coaches. More often than not, it’s the craft of coaching that the best coaches have truly mastered. Read more