Coach-Athlete Relationship part 1
In order to get the most from any coaching experience it's important for both parties to ensure frequent meaningful communication takes place, especially in a strictly remote coaching environment. There is a lot of valuable information to be gleaned from the coaches perspective regarding the athlete's personality, what makes them tick, likes, dislikes. What cues you develop that work for you, what you experience as you go through the training and do different exercises, different protocols.
At EST we view the coach-athlete relationship as more than a source of numbers to hit, but as one with a mentor, guide and advisor to our lifters - we teach you how to execute the training well, how to react and adjust when things don't go so well, help prop you up in those circumstances and hold you back when you want to push harder than you should. The athlete should be able to trust the coach and feel empowered by the knowledge about themselves they gain in the process of working with the coach. Coaching ultimately, is about facilitating an athlete’s process of improvement and self-discovery. It’s an empathetic and enabling relationship and not a dictatorship.
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