COVID Coaching: Tailoring Your Coaching to Fit the New Client Type

COVID Coaching: Tailoring Your Coaching to Fit the New Client Type

Athletes are undeniably different people than they were at the start of 2020—their priorities, goals & availability have shifted. Assure that you're coaching with this new client in mind.

Doing anything well in life – work, parenting, and marriage, to name just three – requires time, effort, and persistence. Being a caring and committed coach is no different. When done right, the coaching craft can have a profoundly positive impact on people’s performance and their ability to function as capable, confident, and competent human beings. The need for what you do has never been greater, but the pandemic has complicated matters, to say the least. Even the most driven athletes are finding it hard to focus on their training, despite the fact that it will equip them to be more physically and mentally resilient. Here are some ideas to help you tailor your approach so you can better meet your clients’ needs.

Breaking Out

One of the biggest challenges your clients are facing is cabin fever. While many might’ve initially embraced the working/schooling/everything from home shift, it’s likely that the sheen has now worn off and that rarely leaving the house is getting old, fast. More than ever before, you’ve got to help your athletes break out of their funk and shake up their largely static COVID-19 routines.

正如Peloton自行车,跑步机和其他家庭锻炼设备的销售激增所表明的那样,大流行的出乎意料的加上是,许多人正在重新训练,而那些已经承诺的人在寻求疑问,因为他们寻求疑问,而他们正在训练。fears, and frustrations that we’re all feeling right now. However, training at home while also doing just about every other darn thing there too can make it feel like the walls are closing in.

幸运的是,跑步和骑自行车等户外活动提供了独特的机会,可以逃脱,改变风景并收获health benefits of being in naturewhile also staying relatively safe from coronavirus. So if any of your athletes have been training exclusively indoors, encourage them to venture out and hit the road or trail instead. They might feel uncomfortable at first, but as long as they’re observant, pick low-density areas, and have their mask at the ready, they’ll likely experience a big boost in their mood, remember how much they like training outside and be more likely to stick with your program.

作为一个作者study on outdoor exercise conducted a大学的tsex in England put it, “outdoor natural environments may provide some of the best all-around health benefits by increasing physical activity levels with lower levels of perceived exertion, altering physiological functioning including stress reduction, restoring mental fatigue, and improving mood and self-esteem and perceived health.”

促进连接 +社区

In a world in which more than three billion people are now connected via globe-spanning social media networks, it’s amazing just how disconnected and isolated the pandemic has made many athletes feel. Competitors are also struggling to reconcile with disruptions to their training schedules and canceled events resulting from COVID-19. This isn’t merely anecdotal – a study of Italian athletes published in theInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthnoted that 35.8% of participants were upset by pandemic-related changes to their routine. The researchers recommended that athletes get more support from social connections, particularly those with their training group and coaches – to help improve their emotional state.

To foster community among your clients,您可以安排每周的Zoom或GotOmeeting Call,该呼叫实际上将所有人聚集在一起。除了讨论培训,最新装备和其他特定于运动的主题外,您还可以要求每个参与者分享一个最近的低点和一个高级。当得到支持和鼓励时,这种脆弱性将帮助您的运动员在彼此的生活中进行更多的投资,并让他们有一个感觉,无论他们面对什么,他们都有一个支持团队来帮助他们。您可以通过安排时间来补充此内容,以每周几次发短信或给每个客户发送电子邮件,或者如果您知道他们正在尝试应对病人家庭成员或最近失业。这样的接触点似乎并不多,但是它们会在帮助您的运动员受到赞赏和照顾方面有很大的影响。

Setting New Challenges


为了使事情有些振奋并鼓励他们重新参与,您可以开始像健身房的老板,应用程序设计师或两者一样思考。The reason that 30-day weight loss, 60-day muscle gain challenges, and other short-term fitness initiatives are so popular is that they’re highly focused on an ambitious yet achievable aim, involve people coming together as a group to celebrate each other’s progress, and provide a series of small wins. The same goes for apps and online platforms that increase user engagement by gamifying their experiences.



It’s easy to view the pandemic as one persistent set of problems. Yet as real as the health, economic, and psychological difficulties that we’re all facing are, there are also some unique opportunities to embrace. You can help your clients find these by reframing the situation for them. Let them know that one of the key differences between a contender and a champion is that the former makes excuses while the latter always looks for a competitive edge.


Be proactive in suggesting a book, course, or podcast that will help lay the groundwork, or if you have some expertise in an area like sports psychology or soft tissue work, share some of the basics and suggest how your clients can build on these. Looking back a few years from now, your athletes will want to say that while getting through COVID-19 was difficult, they made the most of the chance to become more skilled and resilient and came out the other side stronger. And they had a great coach that helped them do so.