Harnessing Self-Determination Theory to Become a Better Coach

May 12, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Instagram @jespermunoz | Athlete: Angelica Bengtsson

In the fitness and nutrition world, coaches spend a lot of time optimizing programs and approaches to maximize adaptation and results by focusing on the quantitative components of training and eating. 

Rightfully so, there is an abundance of science that supports the importance of reps, sets, volume, carbohydrates, and protein, to name a few.

Adaptation and performance however rely equally on the client or athlete’s attitude when striving towards a goal. Good coaching extends beyond spreadsheets and numbers as the coach/client relationship ultimately influences the subjective experience of the client.

Coaches have an excellent opportunity to enhance the client’s experience, and indirectly their results, if they understand the tools and methods to use.

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