Admittedly I’ve never met a perfect coach.
I have seen a perfect match between coach and client.
Unfortunately it is not that easy to find the perfect coaching relationship on the first go. Normally because one or more of these mistakes are being made.
Asking the wrong questions
“What will we focus on?"
If you are enquiring about a gymnastics program the answer will and should be the same no matter where you enquire.
Joint health and stability, body weight control, upper body strength, coordination, core strength, locomotion, body weight skills and balance.
If a gymnastics program didn’t focus on those things, it wouldn’t really be a gymnastics program. Therefore it is a useless question to ask because you still have no idea how these people are different to their competitors and how or if they can help you.
“How much is it?"
Again this is a useless question to lead with because you still don’t know how to justify the price. How will you know if its too expensive or too cheap if you don’t know what it is?
Is $500 expensive or cheap? Is $100 expensive or cheap? It is impossible to answer that without context.
Don’t get me wrong, this question is important, but ask it LAST.
Ask this instead.
“Who is it for?"
If the answer is “everybody”
then this provider has no idea who they are serving.
Re-phrase and ask
“Who did you create this for?"
If they answer “everybody” a second time, it means that they really aren’t clear on who they wish to serve and therefore it will be impossible for them to promise that your needs will be met.
They may meet your needs, but if they do its just by chance.
Why is this so important? Lets go through some case studies..
If I google "Adult Gymnastics Sydney” here are one of the top results
Sydney Hills Gymnastics
Funnily enough their homepage says
“Gymnastics for all”
As I mentioned above.. of course it is not for all.
Digging a little deeper, it is obvious that their main focus and purpose is tiny tots and young development squads. Yes they have a once weekly open gym for adults and any one can just show up casually.
If you are an adult serious about results- its not for you.
If I was looking for an online body weight program I would most likely consider one of the most 'famous' online programs. Either Gymnastic Bodies or Ido Portal.
In fact Kat and I have both had some experience with both of those and they were awesome, but still not for me.
In my opinion, this program is for some one who
-Is learning to use and control their body for the very first time.
-Has endless amounts of patience
-Is willing to re- do the same course content (in some cases for years) until a movement or strength roadblock is overcome.
-Ready to adopt body weight training as their main form of training.
I to believe that slow is best and agree with a lot of Christopher Sommer’s philosophy even though it can be dogmatic at times.
At the same time, I know what it is like to train as a gymnast. It is intense, extremely time consuming, progress is slow and it’s not for everybody!
Most of the adults I know love gymnastics and want to get involved, but also love CrossFit and want to progress as all rounders instead of pure gymnasts. They probably won’t train for 10— 20 hours a week purely in gymnastics.
If your intent is to get better at gymnastics for your CrossFit pursuits, I believe you will lose interest in this type of program quickly.
This one is for people who want to move better, get strong, do awesome stuff but completely and 100% adopt and absorb Ido’s philosophy.
Believing that there is only one coach/program/gym that is ultimately "the best."
The best doesn't exist in coaching. It's just about finding the best fit for your current needs, expectations and goals.
Who is it for?
We started out as many start ups do “to scratch your own itch."
For Kat and I, we needed a mixture of what we used to do and love
and a new found love of ours
We wanted to tell you who we exist for. Someone who..
LOVES fitness and CrossFit. Likes a local comp here and there. Wants to do the Open Rx. Committed. Goal orientated. Women and Men. 25- 40 y/o. Willing to do extra work. Looks after body. Focuses on nutrition. Rarely misses training. Frustrated by lack of progress in pull ups. Body weight strength is a weakness. Confused about technique. Keen to explore new Gymnastics skills and tricks. Open minded. Long term focussed. Will work towards Regionals one day. Values coaching.
We are also well aware that our approach is not for everyone.
Our program is not for someone looking to become a competitive gymnast or someone who wants 20 hours plus of gymnastics per week.
Or Someone who wants to rush into skills they aren’t ready for.
Or Some one who wants to skip the foundations.
Lately we put lots of thought into this as we are finally creating an online version of our program.
Who is our online program for?
Exactly the same as our niche described above- the only difference is that this person doesn’t live locally therefore we cannot coach them face to face.
Before we put all the final touches on the program, we want to hear from you.
1. What do you want and need from us in an online gymnastics program?
2. How can we best help with you with your goals?
3. Have you tried a gymnastics program online before but found it wasn’t for you?
Help us create this program for you, exactly as you want it.
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