Coaching Done Right Pt. 1: Identify

Coaching Done Right Pt. 1: Identify

What do you look for when you are coaching a client? It is very easy to get distracted by a phone, a passing person, what shoes the client has on, why you feel so hungry, what possessed penguins to learn to swim rather than fly?…

Whatever rabbit hole you find your mind in while training, it’s probably safe to say that it’s not where you should be. The hole you should be in is the whole moment. As the coach, you being in the moment can mean lots of things. But the most important thing is being in the moment when you can spot dysfunction at its beginning, and put a stop to it.

The IMDP process is constant. Most of your time is spent in the “I” section of this process. The “I” stands for Identify. That is the first step to fixing any movement dysfunction: identifying there is dysfunction.

For the sake of conversation and simplicity, dysfunction in this context will refer to a faulty movement. In later blogs and at the Willamette Trainers and Coaches Seminar I will go into greater detail on what we classify as dysfunction.

Once you have established yourself in the moment, it is much easier to identify dysfunctions with your clients and athletes. It is hard enough to find something when you’re actually looking for it, let alone when you aren’t.

The same can be said for dysfunction. If you are in constant distraction and down a rabbit hole while your client is performing exercises it will be that much harder for you to identify when they are doing something that is dysfunctional.

Being in the “I” stage will take practice. It will take an conscious effort for awhile. It can get rather tedious always on the lookout for something that sometimes takes awhile to show up. Expecting a perfect effort from your clients is a good starting point to practice this stage.

Holding your client to a high standard when they are working out is holding you to a high standard of being in the moment watching them. In your constant state of coaching and trying to identify dysfunction you’ll be much more likely to catch dysfunctions right away.

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