Whether you’re transitioning from in-person to remote coaching or setting new goals for your online coaching business, keeping athletes engaged will be your line to success.
Above your expert programming, it’s your coaching efforts - inspiration, motivation, and accountability - that provides your competitive edge.
Bellow are 5 tips to re-engage your athletes:
1. Encourage Daily Competition
Athletes on a team hold each other accountable, and the Leaderboard plays a big role here!
While you may traditionally coach athletes 1:1, we encourage you to consider team or group training. Think of 'Teams' as a virtual gym, where athletes can train toward a common goal. With this, you’ll be able to efficiently program for a group of athletes, and more importantly, create a sense of community.
We encourage you to program daily Leaderboards for friendly competition, so athletes can push themselves to place on the Leaderboard, and compare their results against their teammates.
This isn't necessarily just a competition, it's a way for athlete to see some friendly faces, and feel like they're part of a larger community.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to mix these up, so everyone gets a chance to play to their strengths, whether that’s time, reps, or weight.
2. Check-in Regularly
Schedule routine check-ins with your athletes and regularly monitor their training. Touch base with your athlete anytime you notice a change in their behavior, whether it’s a low readiness score, missed session, or fistbump-worthy effort.
Show them you care and that you are available to help support them throughout their training journey. Encourage your athletes to share progress photos or technique videos through TH Chat.
The real foundation of coaching is in your communication. Keep your athletes connected, while also holding them accountable. You can have fun with this, and keep this process simple for your athletes, too!
Use Session Comments to post demos or motivational videos for a particular session, or prompt questions:
Use TH Chat to guide group discussions around training, nutrition, and general wellness, or to conduct check-in's with athlete's 1:1.
3. Provide Immediate Feedback
Your athletes are driven by positive reinforcement and constructive feedback. Set goals, celebrate achievements, and provide immediate feedback based on their training results.
Coach Home is your pocket tool for providing immediate feedback to your athletes. This is your daily activity feed, so you can easily view each athlete's completed training session, reply to Session Comments, or Direct Message your athlete if you notice anything in their training that's deserves affirmation, or sounds an alarm.
Is there anything in their readiness, duration, or intensity scores that doesn't add up in comparison to other athletes at similar abilities? Perhaps there's an opportunity to request a video for form check on a particular lift or movement. How are they progressing toward their goal?
4. Switch Things Up
No need to reinvent the wheel here! Stick to your foundations while keeping your programming challenging and exciting for your athletes. Whether that is changing up your rep schemes with 'time' or 'MAX' reps, swapping out accessory movements, or diversifying the mode and stimulus of conditioning, be sure to challenge your athletes week to week so they stay engaged.
Use the filters on the right to narrow your search, when looking for new movements.
5. Support the Whole Athlete
Athlete wellness extends beyond the weight room. Support the whole athlete by reading into their Readiness Surveys, and providing nutrition guidance, or tools to recover from a tough training session.
Your arsenal of custom Exercises in your Library does not have to be restricted to your core exercises alone. Enrich rest days with meditation and yoga, programmed directly into their session.
Request meal photos from your athletes over TH Chat Direct Message to easily track their nutrition, and make suggestions that will improve their overall health and wellbeing, and help them be their best.
Like your athletes, you’re going to have to put in the reps to see results. Your coaching efforts should be a continuous endeavor, and you’ll need to find a routine that works for you, and stick with it!