You've taken the plunge and signed up for your new remote coaching programme. You've completed your test week, received your first week of programming and you are eager to get started. But how do you make the most of remote coaching? We have put together a few tips to help you make the most of your training programme and reach your full potential.
1. Record your results.
It goes without saying that recording your various lifts, WOD times and gymnastic benchmarks is important, but it is even more important when you are working with a coach remotely. Recording your results lets your coach know how each session went, which then allows them to adjust the following weeks training accordingly. The more information your coach has, the more they can make the plan specific to your needs.
2. Video your lifts and gymnastic movements.
Weightlifting and gymnastics are technical sports. Raw strength will only get you so far before you start to plateau. By recording your movements and sending them to your coach, they can give you cues and technical drills to help improve your technique. The more videos your coach has to watch, the more effective the cues and technical drills will be, and the more your technique will improve.
3. Talk to your coach.
Recording your workout time is good, but giving your coach information about how the workout felt, which movements you may have struggled with or how you broke up the movements can give your coach valuable information about your weaknesses which can then be targeted.
Letting your coach know if you have a niggle is also important. If you know there is something not right and you keep pushing through eventually you will get a far more serious injury. Your coach will be able to programme around any injuries you may have, keeping you moving and giving your niggles time to recover.
And finally, if you are unsure about the direction your programme is heading or have any concerns, talk to your coach. They will be able to tell you exactly what stage you are at and their expectations for you. Communication really is key and the better the relationship between athlete and coach, the greater the success!