Coaching is a tough profession. You spend hours a day on your feet, walking around, demonstrating and generally expending a lot of energy. We have early starts and late finishes which can mess with the body and the head…
…However, we always seem to find energy to get the job done.
The first thing I’ve always tried to do is not put too much pressure on each session. The main way this is achieved for me is to see how I’m feeling, how much sleep I’ve had, how much food and water I’ve had that day. If these variables aren’t good, then the session can be slightly less intense or scaled down so I don’t feel too beaten up – particularly early in the week. I like to take advantage of good days. If you don’t, you don’t always know when the next ones are going to come.
From a personal perspective, I try to train at least 5 times a week in the gym. It’s a great feeling to get the body moving even if you aren’t at 100%. On the days that you think you don’t want to do anything, always try and move in some capacity, whether that’s stretching, walking, jogging or even a home circuit. That day is Tuesday for me, I am on Dad duties and take the little one for a walk in the morning for our typical route which is around 5km. It’s good to move!
When we get the coaches together, the sessions can get tough. It’s a good feeling to work hard alongside each other and push each other harder. I personally find that doing this one or more times a week means my other sessions are better because I’ll know that the next time we train together they will be pushing hard and I don’t want to fall behind. As our weeks aren’t identical, someone will always have more energy than another. This can be a massive help during a session because it’s not always easy to bring yourself to that level. Coaches, just like everyone, aren’t always feeling 100% up for a session. Sometimes it can be just habit to get it done. A positive habit that has been built up over years of trying. Nobody can be on their game all the time, but as long as I feel I have given my best for that given day, I can walk away from the session happy.
When workouts get particularly tough or you’re struggling and have had a long week coaching, it can be a real test of the mindset. I have found that training with no music in the past has really helped with this. I have found that not depending on any one thing (e.g. Music) to make it through a session has made it easier to just get on with it. When you train with no music, you have nothing to distract you from your thoughts so the ability to stick with it there, makes it a hell of a lot easier to do it when you have music or other people around. On some weeks we might only have time to train alone and it becomes a lot easier to complete an awesome session if you have a strong enough mindset to get on with it. A lot of people can end up dependant on other people to have a good session, or they won’t put the same amount of effort in when their training partner isn’t there.
Listening to your body can be one of the best ways to determine sessions. Having people alongside you to push you further is a great motivator but having the mindset to be able to push on when things get tough is essential to training as a coach.