The new field of personal or life
coaching represents a rich avenue for career development for fitness and
wellness professionals. At national and international industry conferences,
coaching sessions are on the rise, and significant numbers of instructors and
trainers are expanding their careers with coaching services. What is this new
field (see the sidebar “What ...
What do the following acts have in
choosing the healthy items at the breakfast
buffet and ignoring the pastries and fried food
smiling and saying, “Let’s see if I can help
you with that,” when an angry client blows a minor issue into a major complaint
sticking to a budget, even after your initial
enthusiasm for impro...
As public interest in slowing cognitive decline grows,
wellness professionals who work with older adults may want to incorporate
mental games into physical training sessions. Some research evidence shows that
training the brain improves mental fitness, but definitive data does not yet
exist to confirm that playing “brain” games translates into bett...
In an age of advanced communication
technology, we believe we are communicating more than ever before, but are we
You may be armed with your cellular network and all the latest technology, but
that won’t help if you haven’t mastered the art of act...
After lining up the perfect coaching plan with your target clientele, creating a sound lesson plan, organizing your packages and procedures and devising great materials and tools, what do you do next? The last step in carving out your coaching niche is often the hardest—supporting clients in maintaining the changes they have made and helping them continue to progress. What should yo...
There’s a wrong way and a right way to do
almost everything. For example, going down a park slide head first, throwing a
paper airplane at your high-school teacher and not buying your twin brother a
birthday present (claiming you forgot) could all be considered errors in
As a physiologist and coach, I often see runners doing the wrong...
Negative thinking stems from internal beliefs formed over time or by a single event. Typical catalysts for the formation of these beliefs include messages from caregivers; a large trauma or a series of small traumas; and unrealistic images in the media. When negative thinking shows up in a client, it is usually because an external event in his current life has caused him to regress to an old...
Social support continues to be a critical factor for
successfully changing lifestyle practices. Turns out, even telephone calls can
be a catalyst to improve dietary habits. Women who received phone counseling to
encourage healthy eating ate ...
We have covered a lot of territory in the three previous installments of this series, from identifying your target clientele to creating a lesson plan to organizing a client’s first experience with coaching. Now that you have established these sound practices, it’s time to pick materials and tools to make your coaching efficient. Investing the time now to select what you want to use in your sessions will make your job quicker and easier. First prepare, and then deliver great coaching.