LAB Coaching Series 1: Demonstration

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In the coming months, I want to share with you some coaching concepts that will help you – regardless of whether you are a coach, instructor or athlete. I will show different exercises performed by different athletes and explain what I see and how I coach these athletes to maximize their performance. I encourage all you LAB Rats to comment and share some of your own strategies for correcting faulty movements.
In this first segment I want to talk about how we communicate with our athletes to teach the movement we intend to implement. Enjoy:

Teaching golf, fitness or proper movement patterning can be tricky business. You have to find the most effective way to get your point across. Using over-exaggerated demonstrations of their faulty movement can help them understand the difference between error and proper motor pattern. I use this technique regularly with my clients, especially with the visual learners.

Here is an example. You don’t even have to understand Japanese to figure out what the instructor is trying to explain:

Thanks Nick for sharing this video with me.

The same techniques can be used with your kinesthetic learner by exaggerating the feeling of a movement. Don’t be afraid to put your hands on your athlete to show them what the movement should feel like. Here is a picture of legendary instructor Bob Torrance using kinesthetic coaching to help me feel weight shift.

It is important that you, as an instructor, can properly demonstrate the intended movement that you are wanting your athlete to recreate. I see this often in screening. Showing the person you are screening what a perfect deep squat looks like or how to properly hinge at the hips is important if you want them to replicate the movement.

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Some practitioners cannot perform or pass the screens they are assessing. This is always an awkward moment when the athlete is performing the screen incorrectly because they are mimicking you who is also performing it incorrectly. If you can’t do it, don’t demonstrate it. Use video, pictures or other media sources to show them what you are looking for. Or just show them funny Japanese instructional videos until they forget why they came to see you!

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