If you’ve been a trainer or coach for any length of time, you know that your clients’ success is never linked to just one aspect of their training or coaching.
It’s an integrative approach that gets the best long-term results.
Here are some examples of integrative coaching/training:
EXAMPLE #1 – Your client is experiencing stress, lack of quality sleep and tight muscles.
Obviously, you will want them to see a doctor for evaluation. After you learn what the doctor says, and get medical clearance, you will want to help your client learn stress management tools and strategies. You will want to teach your client about sleep protocol to improve duration and quality of sleep. And, although the tight muscles are likely related to the stress and lack of sleep; yoga or other flexibility training will be very helpful.
You cannot just “wing it” and try to help your clients. You need the skills to offer this integrative approach.
In this example, you will want the the Stress Management Coach Certification, Sleep Science Coach Certification and the Sport Yoga Instructor Certification. Then you would have the knowledge and credentials to help them properly.
EXAMPLE #2 – Your client is a college athlete who wants to make it to the pro level of her sport.
You realize simple sports drills, motivational talks and basic strength training won’t get her to the pros. It will require more specific skills on your part, and focused effort over time on her part.
She’s already had multiple extensive physical exams and she is cleared for advanced training protocol.
You need to first ensure she has the right mindset, motivational strategies, techniques for distraction control, the ability to get her set in peak state for competition and the ability to manage competition-related stress.
You also need to improve her movement patterns so she can out maneuver the competition.
Finally, You realize she should improve her agility and ability to change directions quickly.
Based on her needs, and your assessment of these needs, more specialized training is required on your part.
In this example, you will want the the Sports Psychology Coach Certification, Functional Training Specialist Certification and the Speed, Agility and Quickness Coach Certification. Then you would have the knowledge and credentials to help her properly.
There are endless examples of integrative coaching/training.
Think about it now….
What are you missing to best help your clients?
What skills will make the biggest difference to your clients?
What skills/credential will make you more appealing to clients who need help?
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The NESTA/Spencer Institute Team