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Tips to Creating Winning Coaching and Training

Creating wining coaching and training products is not difficult if you understand the basic steps needed to create high ticket products and programs that are effective and do what you say they will do. What would be professional suicide would be to offer a coaching program and then provide a hastily rigged up series of presentations or eBooks with little substance that failed to help your customers achieve what they set out to learn.

You must plan ahead, and here are some tips to help you succeed, whether you are involved in life coaching, reiki, spiritual counseling or any other healing field.

  1. Honesty and Integrity

Be honest: never lie to your customers and never say ‘this worked for me’ when it didn’t. Integrity is of extreme importance in the training business, and once people see through you then you are finished. You may also have their future in your hands, so respect that and give them what they deserve for trusting you.

  1. Determine the Objectives

You must determine your objectives: what is your coaching intended to achieve, or who are you training to do what? You should determine your overall objective, of course, but also the objective of each part of the course as explained below. Have a clear realistic goal that your customers understand and can work to attain with milestones along the way so that both you and your customers can judge their performance to date. Set one single objective for each lesson or each part because multiple objectives can confuse people and mislead them into a false sense of achievement if they attain only one.

  1. Break it Down

Break down the ultimate objective into a number of steps needed to attain that. All training products consist of a number of parts or steps, and each step will have its own objective. Each part of the winning coaching and training products you are creating can be presented using different training methods and media if relevant.

  1. Concept Analysis

Some concepts are easier to understand than others, and you should analyze the concepts you are trying to present. Video or audio might be more appropriate for one part than written instructions, while for others written explanations are often easier to follow. More difficult concepts are often presented in the written form so your students or customers can read your explanations several times in order to understand them.

Concepts that involve physical steps, such as how to create a squeeze page, can be shown on video with an audio overlay. Perhaps live teleseminars might be included, or even one-on-one telecons with yourself for those that need extra help.

  1. Plan Ahead

Draw up lesson plans for each coaching session or training lesson. Decide what the content will be for each part/week/month so that both you and the trainee know what subject matter each lesson will cover. Don’t publish details – just the headings for the topics you will be discussing during each session. This is an important step because it keeps everybody on the same wavelength. To create a coaching program you must plan ahead.

  1. Measure Performance

This is where most online coaching and training products fail. There is no performance measurement, and without that your customers are not being given a fair chance to succeed. An online coaching program involving real-time communication can easily resolve this by providing flag posts along the way, each of which must be reached before the trainee can proceed further and you can identify those that require more intensive training.

However, eBooks and other written forms of training are not so easy, but there are ways to build in performance checks along the way. You can set tests, failure in which will offer them the chance to contact you personally, or simple links within documents to lead the trainee to the correct answers or procedures in the event of failure. It’s up to you how you construct performance measurement, but without it many of your customers will fail – do you want that?

  1. Get it Together

You should now have the overall objective broken down into individual sessions, each with their own content, means of presentation, objectives and performance measurement. You now have to put that all together into one package, and then consider the final element of any winning coaching and training product:

  1. The Content

Only you can provide the content of your coaching or training product. The above advice applies to any type of coaching program or training product, but it is the content that makes it unique to you. Focus on your objective, and target the content towards achieving that. Do not try to train people in all aspects of your healing techniques because it will be too much for them.

Hypnotherapy is easy to break down. The same structure as above can be the template for stopping smoking, fear of spiders, self esteem and so on. You have a massive range of problems that you can use to generate training programs. Life coaching is another: a wide range of coaching products can be devised for that and other professions such as reiki. Reiki masters also have a large number of possibilities open to them, and each can be fitted into the same coaching and training product template.

Creating winning coaching and training products is not easy, but by following the principles above you should be able to create a template that will enable you to generate winning products using the right content. Never forget, though, that your customers are depending upon you, so don’t cut corners for expediency, and get that content right – and test, measure and improve whenever you can.

Choosing the Best Soccer Fitness Training

There exist many reasons why the soccer fitness training aids are so very essential for any soccer player. The fitness of a player decides his capacity to last till the end of the match. The young players are just too impulsive while choosing the appropriate soccer training aids.

If a player chose a wrong one, they he will obviously end up with a wrong routine of doing things. To maintain a good fitness level you have to learn the right things from the best players in the field. This definitely assures your success to put yourself playing with them and gives you a competitive edge over your opponents.

Usually the one who chooses these training modules are the players, parents and coaches

The players choosing on their own soccer training aids are making a big mistake and have few downsides because they are inexperienced and go behind products which lure them. So the players should seek their coaches or professional players advice regarding what best suits them.

The parents most often gift this soccer training aids to their kid as surprise while you do this please do some research and observations of the product before buying your kid a sports material like the one above.

The coaches before recommending this product to the players please make sure to consider the reviews and testimonials of the products which will give you the cold hard facts of the product which you wish to recommend?

The Myths Regarding Male and Female Players

Strength and Fitness Training has always been a point of contention among soccer players and coaches, alike. For years the argument went, “Soccer is played with the legs, and we run enough. Nothing else is necessary!”

Well, to that I say, “Beans!”

As you are by now well aware, the contention regarding whether soccer players should engage in soccer-specific strength and fitness training goes much deeper than whether soccer players need strength training or not, the argument as to whether female athletes would benefit from such training has also been hotly debated. Their can be little doubt, given the findings of several recent studies by such prestigious institutions as the Cleveland Clinic, that the benefits are many and there are really no disadvantages whatsoever!

The fact is, the belief that soccer players were fit enough and strong enough without soccer-specific strength and fitness training was completely wrong. It has been proven, not only in the lab but on the pitch, soccer players play better, are more fit, are a more formidable force on the pitch, play with more confidence and assertiveness, and can do things they couldn’t do before a strength and fitness program was integrated into their training routine; and, they are less injury prone!

It is a well known fact that female soccer players suffer a greater number of knee injuries than their male counterparts. There are myriad reasons for this difference and we will address many of them as we progress. The interesting thing about this, as it pertains to this article, is that female athletes who have engaged in a regular, supervised soccer-specific strength and fitness program were 73% less likely to sustain a career shortening or career ending knee injury! The statistic, supported independently by several studies, is staggering and puts to bed once and for all the notion that soccer players, male or female, need not engage in regular strength and fitness training.

The data supports the notion that sex-specific and soccer-specific strength and fitness training not only helps the athlete develop into a better athlete but it keeps the athlete playing longer by significantly reducing the incidence of injury. There can be little doubt that such a training strategy benefits the players, the coaches, and even the fans by keeping their favorite players on the pitch that much deeper into their careers.

Specific Strength and Fitness Training Part III

I want to admit to you right up front that I know this article is a bit long but this is probably one of the most important aspects of the entire soccer-specific strength and fitness training program. Like diet and nutrition, if you miss this, you will not perform at peak levels. And that is what this is all about, optimal performance on the soccer pitch next season. So, take the time to read this, weigh the information, apply what you need and what will serve you best, which I believe will be most of this, and look for the next article in the series on stretching and flexibility. Keep in mind that as you implement this program, you should be journaling everything, not only to track results but so you know what to adjust and what to work on. In other words, so you know what is working and what isn’t. This is your program and your soccer career, regardless of level of play, so make it your best!

We have reviewed the first ingredient required for an effective off-season, soccer specific strength and fitness training program…nutrition and diet. While they are two separate and distinct subjects, they are inextricably linked, you can’t have one without the other. It is important that, if you haven’t reviewed the introduction into diet and nutrition, and the first article, an overall introduction to this soccer-specific and sex-specific strength and training program, you do so before going any further. The next step in designing and implementing an effective training regimen, the next ingredient, equally important to diet and nutrition, is an understanding of just how crucial hydration is; and, not only hydration but optimal fluid intake and replacement. If you wish to have a real performance edge, peak performance in training and competition, you must be properly hydrated before, during, and after strength and fitness training. A proper hydration strategy is a vital component in any sport, in any region of the world, and in all climate conditions. In fact, proper hydration may be more important during conditions not thought of as being related to, or linked to, hydration. An example of such a condition is cold weather. During cold weather training and competition fluid intake may be neglected or even ignored, yet it is just as important to be well hydrated during such periods. Ultimately, hydration is crucial in any situation, during training and while competing.

Performance and hydration have been linked in study after study; and, there is a positive correlation between hydration and performance, a causal relationship. There can be little doubt as to the importance of hydration, neglecting it can lead to diminished performance and, in the severest of instances, death. We have all heard stories of athletes who have died crossing the finish line or after an incredibly brutal training session. I have personally witnessed the catastrophic effects of severe dehydration. I have watched as athletic trainers and EMS personnel attempted to save the life of a young soccer athlete who had taken salt pills, a terrible “old school” strategy, while failing to drink fluids, a recipe for disaster. The young man died, a boy actually, and all because of inadequate fluid intake combined with the loss of electrolytes. What we don’t hear about, because it is so difficult to track and quantify, in any athlete is diminished performance, the performance that “could have been,” if only the proper hydration strategy had been suggested and adhered to.

Hydration is the Key! Hydration is not only important in the waning moments of an all-important soccer match, it is also important for peak performance during training and to regulate and even enhance the body’s overall capacity to work. The body is made up of approximately sixty percent water, it is very important that an athlete and his or her trainer and/or coach be aware of the need for proper fluid intake. The body requires water for a number of functions and processes, including the proper uptake of nutrients, as an aid in the breakdown of food (digestion and absorption of nutrients), making food available for energy and muscle building and rebuilding, as a transport mechanism for various materials throughout the various systems, eliminating harmful waste material and toxins, regulating the body’s temperature, and for energy, both production and output. In fact, there is not a single system in the body that doesn’t rely on water. Hydration is required for life!
How Much? For Whom and When? Many authorities propose the average person consume a minimum of eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day. The amount varies from one individual to another, with size, activity level, weather, and athletic performance all affecting daily requirements. Ultimately, water intake should be based on size, activity, and atmosphere, with more being better, within reasonable limits, of course. Women also carry more water than men, thus requiring more per pound of body weight than men. However, for our purposes and during strength and fitness training, the average athlete, male or female, should increase fluid intake by at least 15% and more if training outdoors and at high temperatures. Wet bulb also should be considered; and, at high wet bulb readings, a high temperature and humidity combined to set the reading, care should be taken to replenish fluids often.

Water Intoxication and Hyper-Hydration! Because we here in the States have a culture of “if one is good, ten is fantastic,” I must at least touch on two conditions, inextricably linked, often mistaken for one another, that may have catastrophic results. I will speak to these conditions as they may relate to athletes, not to the general public. The first of these is known as “water intoxication,” or “hyper-hydration,” also known as “water poisoning.” Most individuals with water intoxication are completely asymptomatic, meaning they present with no symptoms whatsoever. However, hyper-hydration or water poisoning may be fatal, the result of an osmotic imbalance and a drop in electrolytes. The condition usually occurs when individuals consume water large amounts of water, while failing to take in inadequate amounts of electrolytes lost during extreme exertion. This is why, in certain circumstances, various electrolyte replenishing drinks can be a good thing.

Hyponatremia! Interestingly, a related condition also caused by taking in too much water, any fluid for that matter, may contribute to a condition known as hyponatremia. Hyponatremia is also attributed to an electrolyte imbalance, one that may result when sodium levels in blood plasma drops too low. Symptoms of hyponatremia may be mistaken for drunkenness, diabetic complications, and/or even being “on something.” The symptoms include: muscle cramps, particularly of the feet and legs but also of other large muscle groups, and even the hands and fingers; nausea and vomiting; confusion, disorientation, fainting, and in severe cases, blacking out; slurred and rambling speech; and, inappropriate actions and behavior out of the norm. As with water intoxication, its sister condition Hyponatremia is often more dangerous, more life-threatening than dehydration, it is vital to balance water and electrolyte intake. The balancing act between hydration and hyper-hydration is one every athlete needs to be aware of, taking into consideration the risks of both dehydration and hyper-hydration; and, achieving a personal water and sport drink intake balance in order to reach peak performance on and off the pitch.

To Drink or Not to Drink! It must be noted, in preparing you for a soccer-specific, sex-specific strength and training program, particularly when dealing with hydration, you must also recognize what not to drink. While some of the sports drinks may have their time and place, and I do mean some, the newly emerging sports drinks with protein are definitely worth considering, particularly after training sessions. Significantly, many of the current quick energy drinks are nothing short of pollution to your system, contrary to your goal of peak performance. While I won’t mention any of them by name, you know certain drinks claiming to do everything from keeping the away the doldrums to allowing you to fly. Remember one thing, when you are flying and run out of fuel, you will most certainly crash, wings or no wings. The so-called energy drinks are loaded with chemicals and caffeine, combined with various herbs and unknown ingredients, almost every one counter to a good training program. Other drinks you should consider avoiding include carbonated beverages or all kinds, that’s right pop (soda if you are from back east) is out, coffee and tea as well. Juices are good but only in moderation, and any other sort of empty calorie, high-sucrose, is inappropriate; and, caffeinated beverages not covered above are out, too. Yes, you can treat yourself once in a while, we all need our little bonuses, but ask yourself this first, is the person competing for the same spot you are hoping to own next season “cheating” or are they totally committed to making it, with that serving as the ultimate reward.

The fact is, every athlete, and your soccer-specific, sex-specific strength and fitness training coach, if you are fortunate enough to have one, should monitor their own hydration program. There is a balance that must be achieved between too little and too much. The challenge is that what is too little for one athlete is nowhere near enough for the next. And, as stated above, sex, size, weight, atmosphere, and even musculature and previous training habits will all come to into play and should be considered. Water versus sports drinks is an issue and when training hard and/or under extreme conditions, sport drinks that replace key electrolytes and minerals may enhance performance. Various sugars, namely glucose, fructose and sucrose, along with various electrolyte minerals, particularly sodium, are necessary and even vital, in the true sense of the word. However, water is still the most important ingredient, and one every athlete should make sure they have plenty of. There is a debate raging right now as to just how much, when, and even if water, as opposed to other drinks, should be taken in. This debate while interesting is not really all that important to the overall program, which is to get you into shape, into peak performance through a soccer-specific sex specific strength and fitness training program.
Water: The Essential Nutrient! As stated above, water is and essential nutrient for the transportation of vital nutrients, ease of digestion, ridding the body of toxins and waste products, proper function of joints and connective tissue, and even thermo-regulation, the regulation of your body’s internal temperature. Soccer athletes should maintain proper hydration for normal body function, optimal physiology, and also for peak, competitive performance. Proper hydration during training also helps to regulate and control the volume of blood in the body, circulatory function and cardiac output, muscle hydrodynamics and blood flow, skin condition, tone, and blood flow, and core physiology. Significantly, proper hydration, and fluid intake generally, is crucial for anatomy, physiology, and performance. The duration of individual training sessions, how intense the training is, determine how much to drink, the proper amount and kinds of fluids.

Dehydration! Current research on peak performers indicates that decreasing blood volume due to intense exercise and sweating causes an athlete’s heart rate to accelerate. An accelerated heart rate, combined with sweating the the resultant loss of bodily fluids may result in fatigue, dizziness, and muscle cramps. Dehydration and its symptoms can be avoided by replacing body fluids lost during training. Dehydration is often caused by improper and/or inadequate fluid replacement; profuse and excessive fluid loss, sweating; neglecting to replenish fluids lost during and immediately after training; training in arid, high temperatures; and, drinking when thirsty rather than on a specified schedule before, during and after training sessions. The degree of fluid loss and dehydration is made worse by intensified heat stressors, length of training sessions and the amount of time between sessions, and training severity or intensity.

The Ultimate Hydration Program! Most soccer athletes should use this program, follow the guidelines above and below to replenish and replace fluids lost, and modify it to meet your individual requirements:
Hydration Prior to Training
* Take in 15 to 20 fluid ounces 2 to 3 hours prior to training sessions.
* Take in 8 to 10 fluid ounces 10 to 15 minutes prior to training sessions.
Training Hydration
* Take in 8 fluid ounces of your favorite sports drink, I prefer Gatorade for a number of reasons (try a 1 to 3 ratio Gatorade to water) 3 to 4 times per hour during training.
Post Training Hydration
* Take in 20 fluid ounces of fluid, preferably water, but a mix of 1:3 Gatorade to water is OK, for every pound of body weight loss to sweat. Make sure you weigh yourself prior to and after training in order to track the number of pounds lost and fluid replaced

The Key to Success? Implementing the strategy laid out for you above; and, making sure you are taking in adequate amounts water and sports drinks prior to, during, and after training sessions. This will reduce the risk of dehydration and may be the easiest and most direct strategy for maintaining and improving bodily functions; and, increasing performance levels. Next? We begin stretching and flexibility training!