(or am I crazy to want to coach myself?)
love legal dramas… they are my favourite TV binge. I think, most of all, I love
the “formulas” good script writers use to create drama and suspense.
for the most common of those formulas is the use of a lawyer who has been
accused of a crime and then, in their wisdom, they elect to defend themselves.
9 times out of 10 this plan creates hassles that could have been avoided had
they decided instead to employ a different lawyer as their counsel.
President Abraham once stated words to the effect that “any lawyer who acts as
their own lawyer has a fool for a client”
what does this have to do with coaching and training… surprisingly quite a
Masters Athletes, through one means or another, end up acting as their own
ARE YOU A FOOL TO COACH YOURSELF?
There are many benefits
for this arrangement. “Self-coached” athletes often say:
knows me better than me
is true. Who knows you better than yourself? After many years of training you
understand what sessions feel good and which ones you struggle with. You
understand the difference between “good sore” and ‘bad sore”
a much less expensive option
coach is a professional and they deserve to be compensated as such. However
this can become an expensive option. Sometimes it comes down to resource
allocation – it doesn’t cost anything to coach myself
life is so hectic I can’t fit into a normal coaches training schedule
major hassles with many structured coaching set ups is you need to be available
when the coach is available. With life being so busy – fitting in to someone else’s
schedule is not easy
so many years in the sport I know what works for me
provides us with many insights. We learn what can work for us
is more invested in my results than me
are keen to perform then this it totally true – you understand what you want
work in this field so it just makes sense
Masters athletes are coaches themselves… it just makes sense. We have a love of
doing what we do. So why not use our own expertise to coach ourselves??!!
love the independence and flexibility
complete freedom to programme and train when and how you want is very appealing
SO WITH ALL THESE BENEFITS WHATS THE PROBLEM?
“Self-coached” Athletes can:
- be too “soft” on themselves
pain of training starts to kick in – it becomes very easy to “second guess”
your original programme. There is also the danger of programming only what we
like… not what we need
too “tough” on themselves
times when we NEED to stop (injury, fatigue, stagnation) but the fear of being
soft drives us on
away their spare time
flexibility of training can be a crutch when we put ourselves last, and train
at the least convenient times to us personally.
your own boss (no matter the industry) can become tedious – the challenges and “conflicts”
which can stimulate thinking are harder to find for the self-coached
objectivity in assessing the program and results
in incredibly clear mind to become emotionally involved in analysing
performances and training programmes – the danger becomes we make decisions
based on our emotional investment rather than on the specific needs and long
the ability to separate their sport from their life
by nature, are often obsessive about their athletes’ performances. When you are
self-coached this can become overwhelming due to the tendency to be constantly
thinking about training/programming/recovery/performance. The critical sport-life
balance can be lost to the detriment of the athlete and the performance.
isolated and having to solve problems by themselves
happens when results don’t go your way, where performances get unexpectedly
worse or when injury strikes?
it to stand back and look at everything that is happening (positive and
negative) and not look at it through the “emotional eye” of the athlete? There is
a very relevant old saying along the lines of “its never as good as it seems or
as bad as it could be”.
someone you can talk to about your training and who is happy to give an honest
opinion about how they think you are going
the “cost” of the coach, gain many people to critically evaluate how you are
going, gain a huge emotional boost from the support of the group
that the positives outweigh the negatives
the lists above and decide that you like the benefits or being self-coached and
that also there are negatives you are happy to wear them in pursuit of your
add much to what we as athletes do. But there is no one correct coaching
your options. Look at:
(a) part-time face-to-face contact with a
(b) online coaches who provide the programming
expertise and critical review while allowing you the flexibility and freedom
self-coached athletes desire
athlete is different… and their needs are different. Analyse your current
situation, your goals and consider which option works best for you.
For more information on how Strength and Conditioning
programmes can help you improve your sporting performance go to www.damnfitsc.com.au/strength-and-conditioning