a key element to successfully helping others
Does your trainer or coach have patience with you ? or are they the army drill type that are all up in your face screaming and shouting for you do do what ever they want you to do.
This approach is flawed and does not work, having a coach or trainer that is a dictator will end like all dictatorships do, with rebellion.
You must have understanding that people want what's best for them, what's the best way for them to make progress and achieve results and for any coach or trainer this should always be at the forefront of what you are doing, its about helping the people that come to you, not doing what's best for you, just to fit in with your training methods or schedule.
Can you understand people, can you communicate with people on their level, do you have the patience to deal with people and what they bring ?
Some need more patience than others, but then when you have been coaching for any length of time you understand immediately that everybody you meet will be different, how you approach them, speak with them, ask them, educate them, the approach and methods will be different, coaching is patience, not everybody is going to progress at the same rate,
I've recently just met a lovely guy inside of my Personal Training program that needs a little more time than others, he's a proper gent, polite, well spoken, will give you 100% every time, yet after speaking with his mam found out that she had approached others about helping to train her son and as soon they found out that he requires a little more time and patience they didn't want to help.
This doesn't surprise me but it does disgust me if you in a position of calling yourself a coach or even a trainer, but like i did tell his mam, it speaks more about their lack of ability than it ever will about her son an they really are in the wrong job.
And this isn't the first time this has happened, i had a mam tell me how her son was turned away from other Hartlepool gyms after he had brain surgery, yes i said after, after when he needed help with his health as his weight started to increase.
Our Hartlepool gym is open to everybody that needs help, and if there are those that need help on a level that may require other types of professional help, then we will help you seek such help, you wont just be left to struggle on alone.
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