The 10 Types of Coaches and How to Spot Them

Strength Training, Coaching

Over the years, I’ve seen plenty of different types of coaches. Hell, I’ve been plenty of different types of coaches. And I’ve figured out a few things along the way so far.


I’ve figured out that to be the best coach you can be you need to strike a balance between a number of seemingly contradictory principles. Coaching is a journey, full of these contradictions and conundrums. And along the way, coaches tend to drop in and out of different coaching styles.


For me, the mark of an outstanding and experienced coach is someone who has been through this all and is able to balance the different types of coaching to form a style of instruction and leadership that is far greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve always thought it would be useful to come up with a summary of these different parts, so coaches can compare against them, and see not only where they currently sit, but where they can improve and what they need to add to their coaching to become more well-rounded, and therefore better able to serve their clients.


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