Different coaches for different folks. The diversity of coaches, their expertise and their coaching techniques transforms lives at work or at play – and in many cases both.
Coaches inspire, motivate, lead, mentor, guide, shape, educate, train, and teach. Some coaching is planned and methodical, while other coaching is on-the-fly. Regardless of the coach or the coaching technique, coaching is a selfless act of genuine care for others. It’s a responsibility where the coach shoulders the role of transforming an individual to achieve their goals.
The role of a coach goes beyond simple tuition
Having coached more than 200 athletes since 2008, Coach Katherine Karrick Gianini has been an integral part in helping athletes to change their lives through sport. She knows all too well what it takes to compete in events. In addition to coaching triathletes and personal training, Coach Gianini is a six-time Ironman competitor, USAT All American, and recently competed (and coached U.S.A. Triathlete Pat Brooks) in the 2019 Triathlon World Championships in Switzerland. As both a Triathlon Coach and Personal Trainer, Coach Gianini leads her athletes to beating their goals. Whether applying her coaching techniques for a specific event or for personal growth, Coach Gianini goes far beyond teaching someone how to just do something. And, for many athletes, participating in sport goes well beyond competing to win.
Nurturing progress – the art of goal-setting
She explains that “Usually In the first couple months, we see significant improvements from where we started. Increased confidence is the first sign of progress which turns into a snowball effect, motivating that person even more towards achieving those performance goals. Simultaneously, those underlying reasons for exercising in the first place are exceeded and the result is a healthier, happier, and more confident individual.”
This progress doesn’t come from nowhere and the act of planning out your road to improvement is key. When it comes to preparing for a big event, Coach Gianini offers this advice on goal-setting:
“Know what your ‘A priority’ is. Plan its timeline and strategically include a series of smaller ‘B and C’ priority goals/events along the way. Succeeding at these smaller goals makes the bigger one seem much more achievable. Progress shown regularly keeps motivation high over the course of a year or more. Breaking it down to even smaller ‘mini goals’ each week creates a sense of accomplishment when the ‘Big Goal’ is still months away.”
In-person or virtual?
Gianini suggests that “Virtual coaching may be more challenging to make that personal connection which could be reflected in client motivation or lack thereof. It is imperative that good communication from both the client and the coach is established early, whether it is through regular phone calls, Facetime, video demonstrations, or emails. However, in my experience from both personal and virtual coaching, the athletes I am most physically present with are the ones transforming their lives and adhering to their programs the most”. Regardless of the channel, the value in coaching, whether in sport, work or your personal life, won’t just teach you how to do new things. The relationship and sharing of wisdom can bring significant improvements to your mindset as a whole.