Mentoring Tips for the Triathlete Trainer

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For anyone who has competed in a triathlon, you know what the satisfaction of finishing a race feels like. For some, it even inspires them to become a coach for aspiring triathletes.

There is nothing quite like teaching someone to do something that you love. Whether it's a school subject or a sport, seeing someone get the hang of something gives you a feeling unlike anything else. For anyone who has competed in a triathlon, you know what the satisfaction of finishing a race feels like. For some, it even inspires them to become a coach for aspiring triathletes. The following is a guide for how to best serve your potential triathlete students. 


Have Patience


This is the most important skill you can learn as a trainer and teacher. Your trainee isn't always going to be able to do exactly what you ask of them, so it's important that you're able to remain calm and supportive even when they are struggling. Try to remember what it was like to train for your first triathlon as you think of what would help them stick to their training.


Listen


You need to be able to listen to what your student is saying. If they tell you they aren't ready to do something, it is up to you to determine whether they are truly not capable of doing it or if it's just a mental block. Either way, you need to listen to what they are saying so you don't lead them to an injury. 


Track Progress


There is nothing quite as satisfying as being able to look at a chart and see how much you have progressed. Sometimes when you're training it feels like you're at a standstill. Having some sort of chart to show your student their progress will help keep them happy and motivated. You can refer to this chart from time to time so that your trainee can see their growth and progress.


Find What Motivates Your Trainee


Not everyone is the same. Some people are motivated by material things like money to achieve a goal, while others are motivated just by hearing vocal support. As the trainer you have to figure out what exactly pushes your client to take the next step.


Have Fun


Even if your client is training to be competitive, it's important not to lose sight that they got into this sport because it's fun. Make sure to add in some fun activities to lighten the mood. As long as it keeps them exercised and motivated, don’t be afraid to assign them to do it to give variety to the training process. 


As a trainer, you're responsible for helping an athlete reach their goals. They look up to you for advice and inspiration, so it's up to you to go out and find the best ways to motivate your client. If you find that you like being in a leadership role, there are many online athletic administration graduate programs you could look into for more tips. Perhaps you could consider a career in teaching, coaching, or sports administration. Helping someone else reach their athletic goals is a rewarding and satisfying way to pass on your knowledge you and your trainee won’t soon forget.

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date: September 29, 2016

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