Reasons to Get Additional Training & Coaching Outside of School
As an athlete, there are so many different resources available to you to help you further your sport performance and athletic ability. Most athletes who partake in interscholastic sports fail to reach their full potential, and the sad part is that they don’t even know it. They have all the drive and ambition to be great, but yet they don’t even come close to achieving what they are capable of. That is because the majority of athletes only take part in the training and practices that their school or organization offers. There are so many additional opportunities for these athletes outside of their program. Here are a few reasons why an athlete can benefit from additional training.
The majority of school training programs are not enough
No matter what age, if you are serious about taking your game to the next level, then you need to be doing more than what is being offered through your school or organization. Seeking out a strength and conditioning coach to give you the proper training plan and coaching is the first step. They will help take you where you are, to where you want to be in your athletic career. The majority of school programs significantly lack the necessary year-round training programs needed to help their athletes succeed to the best of their abilities. Getting your own strength coach/trainer will ensure that you are taking the necessary steps to maximize your athletic career.
2. You get the one-on-one coaching that is necessary for you
Additional training is more personalized towards the specific athletes needs. You will receive the amount of coaching and instruction that you need to take your game to the next level. A strength coach is dedicated to help each athlete and takes pride in offering proper programming, coaching, cues, and techniques. A coach will also help keep you accountable all year long on what you need to be doing to keep you on the right path. There will be a lot of speed bumps along the journey and having a coach to be there for you every step of the way will help you out tremendously. Lastly, a coach will provide a proper plan that is needed for you. They will take care of everything that you need as an athlete in regards to strength training, speed, agility, conditioning, flexibility, injury prevention, nutrition, and many others.
3. Doing more pays off
If you want to get better at anything in life, most of the time, all you need to do is more. Seeking additional training will allow you to put in more work. Not only is it “more” work, it is the right kind of work. You will always be doing the necessary things that it takes to elevate your performance. There are so many times in athletics where sport coaches have their athletes doing things during practices that do not make them better in any way. Most coaches know everything about the specifics of their sport, the technique, the drills, the strategy, and the game planning, but sometimes they just don’t have the full background in sports performance training. Now, there are a lot of sport coaches out there that do know their stuff in regards to training, but you can always benefit from doing more and partaking in additional training to fill in the gaps from what you are not getting from your team’s practices or training sessions.
4.You can get sports performance lessons and training
Now to really take your game to the next level, above everything in regards to physical sports performance training, you can also get better in other ways by seeking out additional training through a strength coach/trainer. You can also receive nutrition lessons, meal plans for sports performance, mental skills training for your sport, and character development lessons.
Strength coaches can help you with your nutritional needs as an athlete and get you on a plan that you can stay consistent with. This alone will take your game to where it’s never been before. Food is fuel and it can elevate your practices, training sessions, and your performances in games. Getting to learn what to eat, when to eat it, and how much can get you a step closer to maximizing your athletic potential.
Mental skills and sports psychology is also another way to elevate your game. This portion is often overlooked in the youth and high school levels. The elite collegiate programs and professional teams all have their sport psychologists to help the team perform and deal with certain situations. A big portion of any competition is mental. Learning new mental skills is another way to get an edge over your opponent, and a strength coach can help you learn those skills.
Character development is huge in sports. The main reason anyone should participate in competition is to have fun and help themselves grow to be a better person. You can learn so many good character traits through sports, and this should be emphasized on a daily by all coaches. The top priority should be to help athletes grow to become better people. Sometimes the focus can be shifted too much on the performances, stats, wins, and losses. A good strength coach will always keep the focus on developing the athlete into a person of good character, mainly through positivity, hard work, and consistency.
5.You will actually get the opportunity to maximize your own potential
You should always be looking to maximize your potential and who you are as an athlete. The things mentioned above are some of the top things additional training and a strength coach can do for you as an athlete and as a person. If you are truly serious about wanting to be the best version of yourself, then I highly suggest putting forth more work towards doing so. The best way to put forth more work, is to find a coach who can design the program that is right for you and the goals that you have for yourself. I truly believe that there are a lot of strength and conditioning coaches out there that have a huge passion for helping athletes get to where they want to be in their athletics and in their lives.
B.S. Exercise Science
Compound Fitness Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Coach