What is Coaching?

The coaching process facilitates the exploration of needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes to assist the individual in making real, lasting change.

In the past the term “coaching” often referred to performance training for remedial purposes.   Today coaching is embraced by both the high achiever and those individuals who feel stuck and want to grow beyond their current limitations and reach their objectives within a short-time frame.

As there seems to be no end to the paths, methods and protocols to personal achievement, coaching provides a dedicated and trained professional to act as a facilitator for growth and achievement. Coaching sessions are generally between 20 and 40 minutes in length, and clients speak with their coaches on a weekly basis.

The client will be the one to determine the goals that need to be accomplished.

The coach observes, gives objective feedback, teaches, helps to develop a plan and holds the client accountable for taking action. The coach helps the client clarify and address issues that may be holding them back. The coach uses creative tools and techniques, personal experience, expertise and encouragement to assist in bringing their behavioral changes about.

Coaching has similarities to consulting. However, the distinction is that coaching uses questioning techniques to facilitate the client’s own thought processes in order to identify solutions and actions in a consistent on going relationship, helping implement change, develop new skills, and reach goals.   The focus is on assisting them to discover the solutions on their own.  Consulting is usually a wholly directive approach often dispensing advice and telling people what they should do in a given set of circumstances.

Coaching is not therapy. Therapy typically is used to help clients resolve the issues of the past that still affect the client in the present. However, coaching is focused on the future, achieving personal growth by setting goals and changing self-defeating or non- productive behaviors. If it becomes apparent that a client is wrestling with issues that are more appropriate for a therapist, we will make a referral to a qualified professional.

Depending on the goal of the client, a coach may also recommend and administer an assessment at the start of a coaching relationship. There are several types of assessments that help clients identify their own behavioral styles, preferences, goals, strengths and challenges.

Lifestyle Fitness Coaching , or Fitness Integration relies on a protocol of dialog and  to help the client discover what they hope to achieve, the resources they are willing to invest, and the paths they are likely to commit to in order to reach their goals.

We no longer have the luxury of leaving physical activity to the athlete or the laborer.  Society is becoming more and more sedentary.  The generic goals of “losing weight” or “getting fit” are losing ground without either intervention or collaboration with a mentor or guide.  The key is accountability.

The Personal Trainer is of the intervention model.  I train very few people personally anymore.  It can be very effective when the personalities are matched well and goals are clear and reasonable.  It is an authoritarian model though and generally does not bode well with my natural, more collaborative teaching style.

As a LF Coach, I help bring out the true aspirations of the individual.  The “why” is just as important as the “what”.  In fact the “why” may very well determine the definition and application of the “what”.  Do you work out alone as opposed to with a partner or a group?  Why?  Is it better to steer a client who is shy and subdued into an animated group class, rather in a one on one with a trainer?  Is it more productive to steer a loud and boisterous client to a quiet yoga or Tai Chi class rather that a noisy hard core gym?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  That’s why dialog and the collaboration are so important.

There is more to an active lifestyle than shedding bad habits and developing constructive ones.  Depending on the activities one may engage in, there are mental and emotional processes, engaging unfamiliar muscle groups, building new musculature where it may be At-Home Strength Training lacking, develop new central nervous system responses to unfamiliar stimuli, et al.  It can overwhelm a strategy strictly based on habit reformation.

The key goals are core changes in physical, mental, social and maybe even spiritual well being.  A head above a flatter belly or bigger biceps.

In any fitness coaching or training program, the PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) must be completed by all clients prior to engaging in any other assessment.  Regular physical activity is fun, invigorating and healthy, and more people are choosing to become more active every day. Being more active is relatively safe for most people. However, some individuals should check with their doctor before they start becoming much more physically active.

If you are between the ages of 15 and 69, the PAR-Q will tell you if you should check with your doctor before you start. If you are over 69 years of age, and you are not used to being very active, check with your doctor first.

People face tremendous pressure today as they try to juggle career or business and family issues. Many times the well being, nutrition and physical conditioning of the individual is subordinated to the immediate demand.  Over time this breaks down the core energy that we all need to function and thrive. As your coach I will work with you to find the best path and passion for strength, agility, endurance and especially energy.

Individual Fitness Integration Coaching packages are designed for one on one regular coaching with clients and include at least two assessments. Individual coaching greatly increase the chances of a successful transition from the point of frustration or desire to fulfillment of the goal, dream or lifestyle. Typically, this type of coaching is utilized for a minimum of six months.

Group Coaching Programs employ a combination of one on one coaching, group webinars or teleconferences, and an individual assessment. We offer both ongoing public sessions, where individuals can learn from each others experiences, and closed enrollment, company specific programs. In open enrollment programs participants are free to disclose their name and company or not, whatever is their preference.

Subscription Coaching — This is designed to provide additional tools and resources on an as needed, ad hoc, basis.   Subscription Coaching is administered on a quarterly or annual basis.  Once the goal has been achieved or the desired progress has been made using the Individual Coaching or the Group Coaching sessions, those finding a need for continued support will find this an excellent solution. The focus of this coaching is on development of the new found potentials and skill building.

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