I am living in a house with three other young strength coaches that are following the footsteps of the industry’s leaders. Every week we are going to hold a round table discussion about anything from coaching styles to nutrition to lifestyle choices.
Here we go with the first question.
Question: What Do You Do As A Strength Coach That You Find Is Most Beneficial For Your Client?
Brendon: I always start with the same basic template to assess my clients and then go from there. I always take the information that my client gives me and I research and program everything around their goals and needs to get them the results they want. Not every person is the same-there are different injuries, histories, lifestyles, and goals that you need to factor into the equation.
You need to be able to motivate them in the current workout and look forward to the next one. Set goals, short term and long term, and physical goals that they can see themselves accomplish. For example, say this week you completed 3×12 at 15lbs, next time you come in we can add weight or make the exercise harder so we keep getting better. Sell the next workout because that’s the only way you will get results…Consistency.
Brendon is NSCA-PT Certified. Recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Kinesiology, Brendon is currently working at Boyle’s Strength & Conditioning in Woburn, MA and Accelerated Fitness in Lexington, MA.
Check out more of Brendon’s coaching cues at RearickStrength.com
Kevin: I try to take into consideration my clients needs on a full spectrum: whether they be psychological or physical. For example some clients have certain goals or physical requirements that require specific programming. If I were to FMS somebody and they required a corrective program or someone had a specific goal, physique wise, I would program to those needs. However, on the other end of the spectrum, psychologically, I cannot coach each person the same way. Certain clients need certain psychological approaches—it’s about adapting to that person’s learning and motivational needs.
Kevin is certified through NSCA with his CSCS. Kevin is a recent graduate of University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in psychology. Kevin completed his internship at Boyle’s Strength & Conditioning in 2008 and in 2009 and continues to work there as a strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer.
Henry: To be able to relate. You cannot coach someone that you cannot relate to. They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. I ask my athletes what they eat, how their day is going, and what colleges they are looking at—I try to get a sense of their daily lifestyles. However, there is a difference between being an authoritative figure and a friend. You need to find the distinction and make sure your athletes know to respect your role as a coach even though you act as a friend. By then, you won’t even have to ask them about their day, they will just tell you. When your athletes look forward to train with you, it makes it easier to coach them.
Henry is ACSM-PT Certified. He graduated from University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Exercise Science. He is currently at College of Holy Cross as a strength coach for athletes and a personal trainer at Equinox.
Stay Tuned! Next week’s question: What’s one thing that you have learned that has helped you grow in this industry?