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Why use a coach?

April 18, 2018

In our latest blog post we try to outline some of the bigger advantages of why using a coach can help take you up to the next level in your sporting path.


1. Focus

A coach brings focus not only to the training itself but also to the key aspects outwith the purely physical effort of training. They will analyse vast amounts of data that an athlete provides and work with them to identify areas where improvements can be made such as nutrition, recovery and strength & conditioning. Their focus is on providing the groundwork and support for the athlete to deliver their best performance(s) when it really matters.


2. Structure and Self Discipline

A lot of athletes will openly admit that training to a structured programme results in more commitment to the training sessions. Knowing that a coach is analysing and planning the training programme on a regular basis as well as providing feedback directly to the athlete tends to lead to more athlete self-discipline. The old mantra of 'getting it done' comes into play as athletes are more inclined to complete the training whereas previously they may have had a plethora of excuses to skip that particular one.


3. Motivation

A good coach should be a good motivator. Whether it is motivating an athlete to complete a tough session on a day when the athlete isn't at their best or picking them up after a poor performance ready for the next one, a coach is there to help the athlete be the best they can be. A large part of this is the mental training and support that allows an athlete to get the best out of themselves on a near daily basis.


4. In-depth Analysis

A lot of athletes when starting out on a self-prescribed training programme will reach for a plethora of websites, articles, podcasts and books to learn as much about their data as possible. Whilst this is a positive approach to see it can snowball very quickly and become overwhelming in terms of the sheer volume of information, advice and tips available. A coach allows for this to be taken out of the athletes hand saving them time and stress whilst providing the specific feedback, advice and planning needed for the athlete to continue their development.


5. Knowledge

Coaches sacrifice time and money to learn their trade. Their knowledge is built up over a vast array of training courses, on-the-job courses, examinations etc. A coach has a passion for their sport(s) and the development of their athletes to perform to the highest of their ability. They have a thirst for knowledge and a drive to share this with their athletes to get the best from the people they are working with.


At Soper Performance Coaching we are driven by a passion to see our athletes deliver to the best of their ability which is why all of our athletes are on bespoke training plans specially designed to their needs. You won't find us prescribing generically made training plans.


Interested in finding out more how we can help you become the best cyclist you can be? Feel free to get in touch for a no obligation call.


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