Coaching methodology

We’ve heard time and time again about it’s all individual.  Nothing is more true about coaching athletes than this.  For certain races there are specific sessions you will want to be hitting, but its how you get there that differs. 

Your lifestyle
A big variable impacting training is your lifestyle.  Are you a shift worker? Do you travel for work? Do you have a family and children?  Is your job very demanding?  Etc.  Answers to questions like these will vary from athlete to athlete and will determine to a large degree what kind of training path you take to better performances.

Your Training Age
Not Chronological age.  What history of fitness/sport do you have?  If you’ve been playing sport or have been active from a very young age, than as an adult you are going to be able to progress along a lot quicker than someone who doesn’t have a history in sport/fitness.  On the other hand, if you are new to sport than there are a lot of skills you are going to need to develop before you will ever be able to reach your potential.  Understanding these issues as a coach is important but even more important is understanding them as an athlete. 

Your story so far
What kind of life have you lived up till this point?  Were you in the military? Are you a housewife?  Did you live a comfortable life to this point?  Are there significant issues that have affected you to this point?  People draw on motivation from various sources and understanding the athletes’ background is a great source of knowledge for a coach and something that can be used to help the athlete perform and also gives myself the information to know if certain programming methods will work or not.

Some athletes’ are shift workers and having been a shift worker myself for 8 years I completely understand the challenges that this holds.  This is where I really pride myself as a coach in solving the individuals’ rubix cube.  Even in my group training sessions rarely is each athlete doing the same set as everyone else.  I take the time to carefully plan my group sessions so that each athlete is having a workout that suits his/her individual goals.


It’s a game of energy, both physical and mental.  Making the right choices around what to worry about, what to disregard and what to focus on.

My approach to coaching is grounded in the ‘Smart Energy Management’ approach to training.  This approach was founded from over a decade of experience in triathlon and is something which lines all of my programs and coaching methods.

We all have limited amounts of energy and resources at our disposal.  What the ‘Smart Energy Management’ approach to training does, is allows you to divert this energy in the most effective way possible to yield the greatest outcome for your efforts.  In the information age we now have access to a vast knowledge base at the tip of our fingers (literally). 

I believe this creates more problems than good for athletes and distracts us from the elements of training that really make the big difference.  For example, what’s the point in wearing an aero helmet if you can’t even motivate yourself to get out of the bed at 5am (or earlier) to train?  Which will yield the better results? 

There’s no secret that you’ve got to get out there and do the hard work, but what the ‘Smart Energy Management’ approach will do is ask you the really tough questions and get you to breakthrough once held limits on your ability.


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