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Online Coaching – What’s Expected?

Online Coaching – What’s Expected?

Even though online coaching has been around for some time in the “new normal” many are considering hiring an online coach. There are a few things you should look for and expect from your coach but similarly, there are also things that your coach will expect from you.

What you should expect from your online coach:

  1. A clear training plan. Build around your schedule, time, needs and goals. An easy-to-follow plan and a purpose to every workout.
  2. Your coach is there to support you and hold you accountable. Your coach should be someone you can confide in, be honest with, and trust.
  3. Your coach should know his/her stuff. Basic credentials and qualifications are a given. Level of experience in programming, coaching and racing included.
  4. Your coach should be the one that picks you up when you’re feeling down. Sometimes an honest talk is needed to get you back on track but the coach will always be in your corner.
  5. Results and success come in different shapes and sizes. For some it is to qualify for an event, for others, it might be to lose weight, run pain-free or achieve a race goal. Whatever it might be the role of the coach is to get you to the starting line, fresh and ready to perform at your best.

What your online coach expect from you:

  1. When the coach shares the training plan with you he will know how it went based on communication from the athlete. With no feedback your coach will assume training is going well or maybe it’s not going well and the athlete doesn’t feel like sharing that information.
  2. You signed up because you feel the coach will guide you to better results based on his field of expertise and experience. Trust the process, ask questions yes, but respect your coach’s reasons, training advice and plan.
  3. Hard work. There is no substitute for hard work and consistency in training. Your coach expects you to do the training. Stay with the plan, don’t ditch sessions in secret or take shortcuts during workouts. If you have a legitimate reason for not being able to train communicate this to your coach who will then modify your training plan.
  4. Online coaching is one-on-one time and the coach blocks out a specific time in their schedule for you. Avoid last-minute requests to change the training plan or workout. Coaches have different policies on scheduling and flexibility, but be considerate of their time.
  5. The relationship between an athlete and a coach is a two-way street. After a race or a hard training week, feedback is necessary to plan and move forward. This provides valuable information that will allow the coach to design a new training plan and ensure a successful season.

Online coaching works. There are some key expectations on both sides but when acknowledged and adhered to it can work in much the same way as in-person coaching. A key difference, and an important one, is that you have access to potentially a far better coach that might be available in your local area. In this respect, most certainly yes, your online coach can help you get the results you want and better.