Tag Archive for: Coaching Process

Figuring It Out

I don’t know about you but I don’t have it figured out. I think one of the biggest challenges in coaching and in life is the challenge of figuring it out. It makes coaching fun. I know there was a time 33 years ago when I thought I had it figured out and what followed was one of the worst years coaching I have ever had. Read more

How to be an exercise guru

So you want to be a guru? Here are some helpful tips I have learned through observation of many of the well-known gurus in action. Read more

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Olympic Gold Medal Coaching

I have been fortunate in the time since the Olympic games to spend time with seven coaches of Gold medal winners in Athletics (Track & Field) from the London games. In two instances I got to watch workouts and spend significant time with the coach and athlete. These are the commonalities that all shared: Read more

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Ideas on Being a Coach

Coaching is not something you do, it something you are with every fiber of your being, there is no half way you must be all in. The journey is long and rewarding because of the opportunity to guide athletes in their development athletically and most importantly as people. Here are a few thoughts  and concepts that I have found to be valuable in my experiences from 44 years of coaching. Read more

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Process

It is so easy in coaching to get caught up in the outcome – The win in the game, a personal best run jump or throw. Sometimes we tend to forget that the outcome is a result of the process and the process takes time. The devil is in the details on the daily preparation and the focus in training. Read more

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Being Skeptical

Sometime being skeptical is good and other times it can be harmful. I find that in today’s world of instant information and marketing hype that turning on the skepticism can be a good way to filter the information. I saw the following not long ago, I think it is a good template. I am not sure of the source so I cannot give credit to the author. (If someone knows please let me know). Read more

Anything There?

I just bought a book (quite expensive I might add) by one of the current guru’s because I am always trying to learn and increase my knowledge base and it was highly recommended by a young coach. It was full of marketing, buzzwords, pseudoscience and general mumbo jumbo. Yet this is one of the current bibles that many young coaches are going to. Read more

The Future – The Coaches Domain

By necessity the future is where coaches live. Sure we have to be in the moment just like our athletes but virtually everything we do in training is preparing for events in the near or distant future. Planning is a huge part of this future orientation. Planning is a way to bring the future into the present and be able to do something about it. It seems that the longer you coach, the more experiences you have the more proficient you get at producing future performances. Read more

How good are you?

What are you doing to get better? Are you the best at what you do? How do you know how good you are – How do you measure your performance? What do you do? Are you doing what you do because everyone else is doing it or are your forging your own path? Read more