So maybe this post is a little late, but sometimes you just have to kick off a project before you're ready. I am super excited to bring you everything you could ever want as an endurance athlete and have recruited some amazing talent/knowledge from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to help me. I stumbled upon a blog from one of our council members that emphasizes why I started enduraLAB. Please give the short post from Dutch Lowy a read and we'll catch back up below.
Over time each coach or trainer will have a style. That style is heavily influenced by their experiences. For example i am a weightlifter and subsequently all of my clients do some weightlifting. If you don’t believe me, ask them… haha!
I would be ineffective as a swim coach because i swim like a rock and don’t have an extensive background in competitive swimming outside of sleeping on the lifeguard stand at 5:30 am. The point is that it would be irresponsible as a coach not to pass someone off that was looking for something outside of my experiences.
It is important to seek new experiences as a coach so you are more versatile. I have attacked this problem from two sides and there is a clearly better and worse way to do it.
Better: Find a new category of exercise/training/sport, find a coach yourself and learn from their experiences and get some new ones yourself.
Worse: Pretend to be an expert and learn as you go guiding someone through a long and winding road to their goals.
Like i said there is clearly a better way to gain new experiences to be used in your coaching. My recommendation is to go find someone that knows very well what you want to accomplish and sit at their feet and soak up all their knowledge. Ask questions and observe how they handle certain situations and you will be a better coach for it.
Strength in numbers. But we've got more than numbers...we've got a council of highly respected specialists with a range of perspectives. Afterall, diversity yields superior outcomes and our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. We believe that a team of people can find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone. I have been very lucky to be able to spend the last two weekends with this awesome council and will be introducting them to you very soon. We're planning a very exciting journey and hope that you'll join us!