Some have recently finished their season, while others are considering endurance events and training for the first time.   Either way, this is a time of year when many people start looking forward toward next season, next year’s race, or next year’s fitness goals.  One important decision to make in this process is whether working with a coach will be a part of the plan.   There are many benefits to working with a coach.  Here are just a few:

Structure- Leave the plan structure to someone else.  Working with a coach takes the guesswork out of your training and helps you to focus on putting the work in.

Time- It takes time to create a quality training plan.  Many athletes are time crunched, so working with a coach will give you more time to put into the training itself.

Knowledge- Having a knowledgeable coach in your corner means you can trust your training plan to be effective, you have someone to bounce questions off of,  and someone to teach you the most effective ways to train and compete in your sport.

Accountability- While some athletes are highly self motivated, having someone looking over and managing your training will always add another layer of motivation to complete your workouts well.

 

Once you have decided to go with a coach, the next logical question is “who should I hire as my coach?”  Well, I’m not going to answer that question, since the best coach for one person may not be the best coach for another.  But I will list a few things that I feel should be high on the list of qualities you look for when selecting a coach.

Knowledge- A good coach will have a reason behind a workout or behind how a plan is structured.  Your coach needs to be knowledgeable about the events and training that you’re looking to do.  Some coaches have specialties in certain areas or disciplines.   Consider the coach’s educational background and experience, not just as an athlete but as a coach.

Personality- No one personality type is going to get the best out of every athlete.  Each athlete is different, and is motivated by different means and coaching styles.   Good communication is critical to the coach-athlete relationship, so finding a coach that you communicate well with is key.

Dedication- It’s crucial that your coach is dedicated to doing the best they can to help their athlete reach their goals.  This starts with a belief on the coach’s part that the athlete is able to accomplish their goals.  From there, the coach has to care about the athlete and be willing to work hard for that athlete.  The coach needs to care about the athletes’ successes and help them through difficulties without giving up.

 

These are just a few of the benefits of working with, and things to look for in a coach.  If you are considering a coach to help you work toward an event or accomplish a fitness goal, we would love to talk to you!