After returning from a regional NSCA Strength and Conditioning conference last weekend, I am exploring the coalescence of strength/conditioning and health/wellness coaching.
As a strength and conditioning coach, I listen to the needs and goals of my client and observe their current conditioning as compared to where they'd like to be (vision). I learn about their motivation and time commitment as well as their strengths and challenge areas. Depending on their goal (race, wedding, fitness, other), I design an adaptable training plan aligned with the event date in mind (periodization). As their body adapts to the physical stress placed upon it, I modify the exercises to continuing challenging and improving their abilities (neuromuscular adaptation). Throughout our relationship, I gather feedback and champion improvement, tweaking my plans as necessary to stay the course toward goal achievement (optimizing physical potential).
As a health and wellness coach, I listen to the needs of my client and explore their current situation and how it differs from what they'd like it to be (vision). I learn about their motivating factors and readiness to make changes. I ferret out their strengths and help them determine how to leverage them. If there are obstacles, we brainstorm solutions. Together, we create goals that are realistic, achievable and measurable keeping their long-term vision in mind (periodization). I take note of achievements and barriers and help my client harness their strengths for continued success — repeated new behaviors become habit over time (neural plasticity and optimizing mental and emotional potential). Every step of the way, I champion the tenacity and courage it takes to stay the path of growth and change and adapt my approach to meet my client's needs.
In both types of coaching, the key features are:
So, while the outcome goals of my clients may differ, the core skills required of me remain the same: listening, curiosity, observation, competence, engagement, flexibility, and fun.
At its best, coaching is helping people achieve meaningful goals.
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