Coaches largely write programs based on people’s goals and what they desire.
Sounds right? No?
The issue comes when people can’t adhere to those programs. The client blames the coach or the program and the coach blames the client and their commitment.
Some of the major issues:
They’re not progressive or based on their previous training or activity. The coach has guessed what he or she thinks the individual needs instead of basing it on facts or data.
The coach has assumed the time and days per week the individual has available to exercise and assumes they will just fit with what they tell them. Disregarding family commitments, work commitments and personal commitments. Not even a conversation.
The coach disregards contraindications and fails to consider ‘ability’ as a major factor in compliance.
The coach assumes the individual prioritises exercise in the same way they do. Until they see value in training (why they’ve probably asked for a program) exercise will remain where it presently is in their hierarchy of importance. Your role as a coach is to provide value and to help people move exercise up those rankings.
Coaching should be a diplomatic relationship between the coach and the client.
It is not a dictatorship.
The coach must lead though, they must instigate and direct the conversations to obtain the necessary information to make programming effective. In failing to do so and failing to listen to things outside of basic goals programming becomes non effective.
Article adapted from the ACA Program Design module.