Everyone could use a coach. Regardless if you are a professional athlete, little league player or a sporty senior citizen. Especially for a non-competitor, a coach will secure continuity in the training. Aside from focusing only on improving sport performance, a coach will provide longevity, accountability and motivation. The key is to keep the interest up by being creative.
Especially at an older age, when sport activity is not linked to the possibility of a handsomely paid profession, it is important to find attributes that ensures that training itself remains fresh and interesting. Regardless if it's a supportive or abusive coach, the content of the session has to be captivating.
Instead of tweaking existing exercises, you can introduce elements from other sports. An example would be bringing a volley-ball to a handball practice. Even if an exercise may not be sport specific, there is always a carry-over effect. Usually it comes indirectly as improvement of muscle balance or co-ordination. Especially the warm-up part of a training session is well suited for playing an unrelated sport softly. It can also boost confidence in the weakest players if they can perform well in the warm-up sport.
In the Fit Businessman Outdoor Edition DVD and media package you can see the tools we use in our Explosive Mode training sessions. The video contains several ideas on how to use equipment, such as medicine balls and rubber bands, for general speed and strength training.
A creative coach will find a way to spark everyone's internal competitive drive. Even if the goal of the training is perhaps not to participate in a competition, the training itself can be intensified by head-to-head duels. This may require that the weaker athlete is given a head-start or a handicap. The most important thing is that the competition phase is not announced prior to the training session. When it's brought up as a surprise it's more likely to be taken as a playful game then a bout of survival.
The social aspect of training is abundant in team sports. The social role of the coach is especially pronounced in individual sports where training in a team is not possible. Even the most knowledgeable coach will be dumped unless the athlete is content with the training session. By always adding a touch of creativity, there will always be something new to discuss and joke about. The small talk is extremely important. As they say, a silent locker room is a sign of bad team spirit.
I was on the track yesterday with my family. My daughters lead the warm-up drills based on what they have learned in rhythmic gymnastics. Just like in track and field, we did 30m repetitions of various movements. The kids were excited to be the coaches and wanted to go through every single drill they knew. They had me and my wife do some ballet jumps at times as well.
When it was my turn to coach, we did a shuttle run relay with a ball. Even though we were all on the same team, you could feel a competitive atmosphere pushing everyone for additional rounds. I guess including small competitive elements brings out the best of everyone, regardless of age and company.