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When coaching is confusing

Nicole Cowell coaching


Coaching is a tricky business. Sometimes different coaches see different things in what someone is doing. Sometimes different coaches see the same thing in what someone is doing but describe or correct it in a different way. Everyone is correct, no one is wrong - they are just different.


When you are an athlete being coached it can be confusing. One coach tells you one thing. Another coach tells you to work on something different. One says try this. Another says try that. Both are correct, no one is wrong - they are just different.


Whilst there may be a generally regarded best way of doing something, there is no such thing as the best way to explain something. Every single person responds to different cues. Some of us learn by hearing, thinking and processing. Some of us learn by being shown. Some of us learn by watching ourselves on video. There is no one best way to coach and this is why you will see and hear different things from different coaches all the time.


The challenge for the athlete is to work through and listen to all the advice to find that gold nugget that clicks with you. It may be that one coach just explains things in a way that makes sense to you. Or it may be that one coach that sees something no one else has seen or mentioned before. Or it may be that one coach that has gone through exactly what you have gone through and so just knows what to do. 


So if you find yourself confused by different advice, don't see it as a bad thing. Look at it as a great thing. You are actively being coached and being coached by different coaches who can help you in different ways. Challenge them if you don't understand, ask them to explain it again or in a different way but in the end be grateful that they are trying to help and trust that one day everything will click and you will get it!


Happy training everyone.

Liberte Lifestyles Director Owner Nicole Signature

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