The Cambridge dictionary defines the word “coaching” as “the job or activity of providing training for people or helping to prepare them for something”.
In essence, at ION we are giving members the opportunity and the environment to learn, and grasp the idea of physical movement and mental preparation. And that is a privilege in itself. A privilege to both coach and member.
The questions we now need to ask are:
- How we do enable an individual to experience high level coaching in a group training style environment?
- How do we make them feel like they are a part of a small group, whilst also being recognised as an individual?
Well…. it’s simple (in theory!) by using our “artistic” or “coaches eye” as we like to call it.
The coaches eye is the unique ability to observe with both mind and eye. The coaches eye sees, feels and observes a great deal. Within those moving parts we are “decluttering” what we see with our eye, how the trainee feels and what we see from this.
Our mind then places this in order of preference. A hierarchy of actionable items that we can pass on to each individual. This takes place over many seconds, minutes and hours per day, multiple times per week!
This is where the art lies within. The art of creation.
The most difficult but satisfying part is to apply the art of creation to many individuals at any one given time. Solving problems and potential issues in real time.
There are no boundaries or constraints when it comes to programming for the individual, more an open feedback loop which offers experience and education for both ourselves and the trainee.
The coaching process is far from a paint by numbers algorithm. I like to think of it as more of an abstract piece.
We need to be mindful with each individual there are a lot of moving parts. This isn’t a one size fits all approach. We need to be flexible in our delivery.
Rhys Pritchard, Training Director and Head Performance Coach