“Training” vs. “Coaching”

Training and coaching by definition are fairly similar. But, when applied to teaching goal orientated fitness modalities these two become very different animals. Vern Gambetta had a blog post years ago that I really enjoyed reading so I wanted to revisit and share with you all. Vern did a quick breakdown of “Training” vs. “Coaching”, defining what it means to do one versus the other. If you have ever worked in the fitness industry you will completely understand the angle from which this was written. It really defines the difference between a good/not so good trainer and a great trainer. The good trainers can get the results for their clients, but it is the mode in which they do it that separates them from the great trainers. Does the trainer accept bad form, or do they work with the client till it is 100% correct. It is not just the end result, rather, it is also the means by which you get the people there.  Enjoy.

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1) Training – Focused on the result. Just get it done.

Coaching – Focused on the process, how it is done, making sure it is repeatable.

2) Training – Self centered, all about the trainer, the athlete can’t do it without the trainer.

Coaching – All about empowering and teaching the athlete. Creating self-sufficiency rather than dependence.

3) Training – Has all the answers.

Coaching – Always gathering data from the training, fine-tuning and learning.

4) Training – Lots of screaming and yelling, ”motivating.”

Coaching – Purposeful, meaningful feedback and cue’s, communicating and teaching.

5) Training – Focused on equipment, needs machines and apparatus to train.

Coaching- Focused on the athlete and the sport they are preparing for and coach accordingly. Use what is needed and         necessary, not bells and whistles.

6) Training – Scattered, all over the place.

Coaching – Focused on the task at hand. No cell phone!

7) Training – Follows the latest fads, listens to gurus.

Coaching – Knows best practice and follows it. Stands on the shoulders of giants. Has a mentor.

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Posted on December 19, 2013, in Bodybuilding, Coaching, CrossFit, Powerlifting, Strength and Conditioning, Strength Training and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Clear post, I want to be a personal trainer and it was quite helpful thanks!

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