Coach Conversations: Hunter Allen and Coaching
Three Things Coaches Can Do for Athletes
- Having a coach will get you where you want to go a lot more quickly! Self-coached athletes learn by trial and error. Season after season an athlete will make small changes in their training, but it will take years to improve on their own. Whereas a coach can look at the overall picture, understand the athlete’s strengths and weaknesses, look at the event they are training for and build them a custom plan designed for achieving those goals.
- A coach is a mentor, a friend who will listen to an athlete's needs and struggles. The coach will hold an athlete accountable for getting their workouts done. Self-coached athletes often don’t stay focused on their plan as it’s easy to change the workout to suit their mood. Training your weaknesses are hard to do when you don’t have a coach.
- Coaches, such as our staff at Peaks Coaching, work toward the most efficient training program for their athlete. Power meters give a coach tremendous amount of data which allows coaches to really understand each workout and what happened during the workout. Coaches can ebb and flow quickly to correct problems that they see and make micro changes in the athletes training, saving weeks, sometimes months of training time.
Hunter Allen is internationally known as one of the top experts in the field of power meter coaching. He founded Peaks Coaching Group in 1996 to focus on developing the artful science of efficient power training for which Peaks Coaching Group is still known for today. You can follow Hunter on Twitter @hunterpeaks or over at his blog.