Coaching is hard! A good coach must manage challenging athletes, build a business, grow his or her knowledge, stay on top of new software—in many ways, being a cycling, triathlon, or running coach today is harder than ever before. At the same time, it’s easy to find advice online—though it’s hard to know how good that information is.
At Fast Talk Labs, you can be certain you’re getting beneficial advice from our in-house coaches, who have over 40 years of experience in personal coaching, group coaching, and online coaching.
Every athlete of any ability level can benefit from the guidance of a good coach. We explore the coach-athlete relationship, and offer advice on how to reap the greatest rewards from working with a coach.
Everyone wins when an athlete feels supported. In Module 5 from The Craft of Coaching, Joe Friel and his hand-picked experts share how to best manage athletes and add service providers to extend your coaching capabilities.
No one wants to “fire” an athlete. But there are times when the coach-athlete relationship is clearly not working. Coaches need to reflect on these difficult situations and athletes so they can identify problems before things get personal.
Coach Melissa Mantak prioritizes communication with her athletes above all else, particularly in the onboarding process. Find out more about the different levels of coaching she offers at The Empowered Athlete, and how communication plays out.
Managing athletes requires time management skills. Coach Ryan Bolton balances the needs of his pro athletes, age groupers, and a team of coaches. He talks with Joe Friel about his screening process and the groundwork that goes into a positive athlete-coach relationship.
Over time, client retention comes down to two things: 1) the athlete's longevity in the sport, and 2) the coach's ability to evolve with the athlete over time. Coach Melissa Mantak talks about how coaches can equip athletes to pursue sports over a lifetime and the ever-growing tool box she has relied on to help two very different athletes over decades of training and racing.
It can be helpful to consider things from the athlete’s perspective. Ryan Bolton was coached by Joe Friel for the duration of his career as a pro triathlete. He reflects on what made that relationship work and the lessons he took from it in establishing his own coaching business.
More coaches are seeking partnerships with outside experts to better meet the needs of their athletes. Find out how these partnerships work best, giving even the "maverick" coach a competitive advantage.
Coach Ryan Kohler talks with Joe Friel about how to help athletes navigate the misinformation around nutrition by partnering with the right experts. Nutritionists commonly help athletes improve their daily diet, implement a fueling plan in the lead-up to race day, or address more significant lifestyle issues. The team effort is likely to pay off, both in terms of the athlete's performance and the coach's business.
Forever Endurance provides additional athlete services both by diversifying the coaching talent on their own team and by connecting athletes with experts outside the business. With more ways to deliver individualized training, coaches are well-positioned to reach more athletes.
Many coaches are happy to focus their energy on coaching, not running a business. Some coaches choose to outsource specific tasks like accounting, business management, and marketing. At Forever Endurance, co-owners Cody Moore and Grant Holicky have coaches lean into the services that an MBA and education program can provide.