Becoming the Best Coach You Can Be Is More Than Just Science


Functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor learning are all important scientific elements to know that will help you become a successful coach. But to build successful relationships with clients, you must never forget human element.

This is why I believe coaching is like an art.

There are vague rules and a blank canvas. You bend the rules, mold new ones, and blend them with the science and proven methods to become a successful trainer. I and many others call this the “art of coaching.” When you blend it with the actual science, then you can become the best coach you can be for you and your clients.

Here are some practical examples that you can start using today with your clients.

1. Cater your weekly workout plan to your client’s needs.

We carefully lay a weekly plan with an optimal number of rest, light, and hard days in the name of exercise science. Our clients, however, are not science subjects. They have their own whims and behavioral quirks.

Let’s say you want to do an upper/lower split with a male client. “Scientifically” it would make sense to arrange your week like this:

Monday: Upper
Tuesday: Lower
Wednesday: Rest/light activity
Thursday: Upper
Friday: Lower
Saturday & Sunday: Rest/light activity

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What do you think?