Cool Down & Stretch
We’re all familiar with this set up.
In fact, we’ve taught it so often (or a variation of it) for so long now, we could probably do it in our sleep.
But did you know that there are some under-the-radar tactics you can use DURING this standard set up, that will not only skyrocket your clients’ results, but breathe new life into this stale old routine for you too?
Here’s 3 KILLER coaching tactics you really need to know…
1. Don’t waste time on mobility & stretching
Don’t get me wrong, improving movement is fundamentally important to improving your clients’ performance, but there’s no need to spend any extra time on it during your sessions. With a bit of clever thinking, you can actually use the movements in your warm-ups and cool-downs themselves to improve movement…while your clients are actually training!
Watch this video to see how it’s possible (and much quicker than foam rolling & stretching):
2. Challenge coordination for maximum performance results
When we’ve performed the same movements in the same way thousands of times, our brains learn to anticipate what’s coming (a bit like walking up steps). Our brains create the perfect response for what is anticipated, and this response becomes automatic.
But when the anticipated response doesn’t match the situation (like the step is higher or lower than usual), there are consequences. At worst, we fall over and hurt ourselves, and at best we’d simply be surprised by the difference in step height.
In both these situations, we would be far more focused on the job of walking up the stairs AFTER the mismatch.
Because the brain no longer knows what’s coming and must be more alert.
The result is a brain that is more focused and a body that is “switched on” and ready for anything.
We can capitalise on this improved focus by including movements in our warm-ups that challenge coordination.
By giving the brain something different than the norm to do before our workouts, we are putting our clients’ bodies into a more “switched on” and ready state, so that they can produce better results in their workout.
And besides, challenging the brain like this, makes our sessions way more fun and varied, for both us and our clients!
3. Encouraging laughing in the cool-down
It might sound ridiculous at first, but one of the main jobs of the cool-down is to allow the brain to switch the nervous system from “fight or flight” (during exercise) back to “rest and digest”.
One of the best ways to trigger the production of relaxation hormones is to laugh or do something fun.
Doing this during a cool-down, or even just before we start the cool-down gives the brain a very clear signal that the need for being ready for action has gone.
Since most of our clients live busy lives and are often dealing with pressures in life that we know nothing about, many of them are likely to be over-producing stress hormones just to get through their day.
When we add intense exercise to this, we are pushing their bodies further into producing stress hormones.
This one simple tactic can help with our clients’ emotional and psychological wellbeing as well as boosting their metabolism (which will help with weight loss and digestive disorders) and their recovery (which will help with their quality of sleep).
These are just three under-the-radar tactics that Certified SMARTT® Coaches use to produce outstanding results for their clients and breathe new life into areas of their sessions where they were previously just going through the motions.
If you’re ready for a challenge, open to new ideas and keen to deliver better results for your clients with less effort, then I’d like to invite you to check out my “Injury Prevention Decoded” course, where I’ll reveal more tactics like these and a whole new world of new opportunities to take your coaching to the next level…and beyond!