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Top 10 Coaching Tips

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Here are my top 10 keys to coaching your athletes and clients to a successful performance, in any endeavor, for all levels of individuals.

If you want to maximize the potential of your clients, and get them to the top of their game, use each of these tips below yourself, then give them to your clients, and describe your experience using them in your own training, and your life.

10. POSITIVE IMAGES: Use your mental images throughout your event or workout to create feelings of speed and power. (e.g., If you’re walking or running and you come to an unexpected hill visualize a magnet pulling you effortlessly to the top). Use visualization before, during and after your training to build confidence and new motivation.

9. POWER WORDS: Make positive self-statements continually.  Be aware of your negative thoughts early on. Don’t fight with them; simply acknowledge their presence, and then substitute positive power words. (e.g., When you’re thinking: “This hurts too much, I want to lie down and die”; say to yourself: “This feeling is connected with getting healthier and doing my absolute best”).

8. PRESENT FOCUS: Practice being in the present moment. Be Right On – Right Here – Right Now. Remind yourself to stay in the here and now. Let past and future events fade into the background. Remember, the only moment we can do anything about is the one we’re in right now.

7. ADVANTAGE: Use everything in the workout to your advantage. For example, if another person passes you, tuck in behind and go with his or her energy for as long as possible. You may catch a “second wind” and be carried on to a personal record.

6. CHUNKING-GOALS: Focus on your immediate target. Break your training goals down into small, manageable pieces and begin to focus only on the first portion, not the entire workout (e.g., Say to yourself: “I’m just relaxing and getting my rhythm during the first mile, or the first workout session”).

5. BODY SCAN: Pay close attention to your tension level and training form. Do a body scan while working out and relax your tight muscles frequently. Ask yourself: “Are my shoulders and neck relaxed; how does this pace feel; how much energy is left in my legs?”

4. PAIN AS EFFORT: If you have “good pain” that is not seriously damaging your body, just shift attention to your breathing or cadence of movement, and let the discomfort fade into the background. You can also use the pain as feedback. Register it not as pain but as effort level. Say: “Now I know exactly how hard I’m working. I know how this pace feels. My body is doing what it should be doing.”

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Performance and Sport Psychology go well together every day, when you’re an athlete or a coach. One of my Performing Edge Coach trainees, Wayne Kurtz is a world class athlete currently competing in the World Deca Ironman Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. He is presently in 3rd place and looking very strong. And Yes, it’s a very long…long race that goes on for 10-12 days continuously! He is using the Performing Edge Coaching principles he has been learning the PECI coach certification program. He listens to   Read More→