Our coaches are here to help you improve and to achieve your training goals. However, a coach can't help you unless you are willing and open to being coached. This page outlines the key attributes of coachable athletes.
Coachable athletes are committed to their own progress and development. They have a greater purpose, or "why" behind their goals. They are able to keep this big picture in mind during the day-to-day grind of training, be it a good day or a bad day. They are consistent in attendance and attention, and are focused on always giving their best effort, regardless of situation or outcome.
Coachable athletes are always looking for ways to improve. They come to class or a training session prepared to put in meaningful work. When appropriate, this means doing the research and being informed. Here are some concrete examples of what it looks like to be proactive:
- Checking the whiteboard before asking a coach what the workout is.
- Reading the athlete resources before asking about specific movements or progressions.
- Working on what you already know you need to work on before asking for more.
Being receptive means being humble and open to new information. Here are some of the qualities of the most receptive athletes:
- They look and listen. They pay close attention to coaches when they speak, and try to understand their meaning, not just hear the words.
- They accept feedback well. Just saying "Thanks, got it!" when a coach gives you a cue on a movement does not cut it. Receiving feedback well goes beyond just nodding or politely acknowledging the coach and preceding to do whatever you were doing before. Coachable athletes don't just hear feedback, they accept it. They listen carefully and ask questions if they do not understand. After that, they apply that feedback by trying it with the aim to integrate it permanently into their training IQ. Coachable athletes see feedback as a gift, and they do not feel attacked when given movement corrections or advice. When you demonstrate that you take feedback well, you attract more feedback, which gives you more opportunities to get better.
- They are not afraid of looking or feeling stupid. We all have thing we don't know, and areas where we can improve!