Starting your first coaching job can be a bit of a drag, especially your first day. Imagine standing on the training floor and watching your new client or a group of athletes that you’re supposed to train.

The first reaction is usually one of uncertainty. You’re not sure of what to do exactly; whether to fold your arms or put them behind you or observe from a far distance. You wonder what to say or whether to clap, yell or correct anyone.

The worst part is you’re not even sure of who or what exactly to address first. Well, don’t be alarmed, it’s a common feeling that hits almost every new coach.

The question is how do you deal with such feelings? How do you approach your first day at work without messing up and still end up earning your stripes?

I’m going to show you 3 basic skills that can help you get through your first day as a coach or trainer. It has helped many of my interns get through their first day a trainers and I’m quite certain it will help you too.

  1. SPOT EM’

This is what most people do easily with their buddies during workout. Spotting is the act of supporting another person during exercises, with the aim of encouraging the person to do more than they would normally have done.

So do what you would normally do for your friend. Spotting helps to foster a bunker mindset. The clients see you as one of them and you are able to easily build trust and a good rapport.

When your clients see you as attentive and not just out to push them for the sake of results, they will feel safer under your training.

Here are a few examples of when to apply spotting:

  • DB Bench Press
  • KB Overhead Press
  • Squats