A Coach Is a Leader: 10 Ways to Connect Better With Clients

Mike Dewar
Strength and Conditioning, CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting

Clients come in many shapes, sizes, ability levels, and mental states. Fluctuations in lifestyle factors can either inhibit or amplify training outcomes. These ten coaching practices will allow you to unveil potentially detrimental issues and create a deeper connection with your clients.


1. Encourage Regular Sleep Habits

The average adult sleeps less than 6-7 hours per day, which is a recipe for disaster. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep, with more active adults and athletes at the higher end.1 These recommendations correlate with the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, which suggests 7-8 hours of sleep to repair organs and recover from stress.


Your Role as Coach:

  • Recognize signs of sleep deprivation. Showing up late, lackluster motivation and focus, and diminished training outcomes are all red flags.
  • Talk with your client and address the root of the problem. Maybe they are stressed about something outside the gym or have poor time management skills.
  • Offer your own deeper insights and guidance to help them succeed.


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