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Helsinki, Finland

Do I need a coach?

Amateur sport has changed. It used to be that serious physical training was the preserve of professional athletes only. In recent years, however, the line between those who are paid and those who are not has blurred. Amateur sport is highly competitive and the athletes who compete are required to dedicate more time, money and effort into meeting the demands of their sport. That's where the coaches come in, to help cross that line between playing to get fit, into the reality of getting fit to play. Having a good coach can make your training more efficient and specific to the demands of your sport to make sure you're not wasting your precious time in the gym or on the track. Here are a few other good reasons to start working with a coach.

Do the right things

There are so many different styles of training that it can be a confusing thing to try to blend them all together and do the right exercises. Working with a coach will help you to streamline the process and focus on the exercises that are right for you at the right time.

Accountability

A good coach will push you a little. They'll encourage you and help you move through your training at the right pace. They'll help you to understand how important it is to show up and get the work done.

 

Having someone invest in you

Most of the time, coaches are as keen to see your progress and your success as you are. They want to see the seconds come off your sprint times and the kilos go on your squat because they are investing their time and expertise in you. They also want to see you scoring goals, winning races and making tackles. It's a nice feeling to know that someone cares as much as you do about your training.

Injury prevention

Being strong and moving well is imperative to reducing the risk of injury. An Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury will keep you away from sport for 9 months or more, so injury prevention programme that significantly reduce the chances of you losing out on a whole season seems like a worthwhile investment. Simply being able to move efficiently and building stability and mobility around the right joints will help to reduce injury risks.

 

Do the simple things well

Of course it is easy to find downloadable training programmes on the internet and follow Youtube videos or other people at your gym. But so often training can be a case of getting simple things right. Being coached in correct exercise technique will help you make real progress that translates to your sport.