Coaching or Individual Practice: Know When to Cut the Cord

Bob Takano
Olympic Weightlifting

Here at the Takano Athletics gym, we host individuals who might be in town for a day or two and need intensive coaching that isn’t readily available to them. For these people, we set up one-on-one sessions. 


However, some people inquire about being coached one-on-one on a daily basis. For some reason, they have been led to believe that one-on-one is the best way to achieve their goals. While I may be cutting my own throat in terms of business, I’d like to discuss this issue of being coached versus practicing, as some people are not quite clear on the distinction between the two.


The Impact of Coaching

One-on-one coaching can be very valuable, especially early in the career, but not necessarily on an everyday basis. There is a great deal for the athlete to learn, and much of it can come from being in an environment with experienced athletes. Coaching in a group setting is just as valuable as one-on-one. Interacting with other athletes allows for insights that are not as well understood in the coach-athlete dynamic.


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