Are you coaching them or training them?


There is a clear cut difference between coaching someone and training someone. I have been to training sessions all over the world in the past few years and this distinction is clear in any language and in any culture. Those who are training the athletes are counting reps, looking at the stopwatch and shouting out times. Those who are coaching are closely observing the athlete, commenting on technique, encouraging and correcting. You can teach a anyone to yell out times or to spot to someone, it is much harder to coach, you have to be fully involved have a plan, see the big picture, understand the context of the exercise or the drill and the training sessions. It takes experience and is very mindful. When you are coaching there are not any quick fixes or magic exercises or training toys that go bing. Coaching is a high touch total involvement process. Training is showing up and posting or reading the athlete the workout and turning them lose to go for it. Those that are trainers, not coaches are looking for the magic bullet, the secret workout, the short cut to the championship. Coaches understand that there are not any shortcuts and secrets. Coaching is just hard, planned and directed work that accumulates over time to produce the desired performance. Building athletes and teams is an incredible long term commitment that demands total focus and concentration. You need to ask yourself are you coaching them or training them. Are you in it for the long haul? Many are called and few are chosen, because when it comes down to it many people are unwilling or unable to make the sacrifice or commitment necessary to truly coach.
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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