10 Jan What Remote Training Program Is Best For Your Youth Athlete?
Before the pandemic began, I was deep in the remote training world already. Of course, when I began coaching online I had no clue what I was doing, and I was definitely winging it, to say the least.
I took payments via PayPal. I had nothing automated. I wrote programs on Excel sheets. I didn’t have a phone app that made writing programs easier. I had no expectations of my clients. I didn’t have a progress tracker. I didn’t conduct Zoom calls. I was totally disorganized.
Now that I’m several years in, I have systems in place that make the remote training process more smooth, more productive, and more results driven. I have expectations for my remote athletes as much as my in person athletes. I have several program offerings that suit different audiences, so everyone can find what works for them.
Because the truth is: remote training isn’t for everyone. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach as everyone has different motivation levels and schedules.Because the truth is: remote training isn't for everyone. There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach as everyone has different motivation levels and schedules. Click To Tweet
This is why I want to shed light on how to find the right program for your young athlete, so I’m going to divide this into two categories because remote training requires various levels of time and money investment.
Let’s dive in:
1. You Are Time and Money Tight
If this isn’t you, skip to #2.
If this is you, keep reading.
Very rarely, are quality remote programs free. I recently engaged with legendary track coach, Tony Holler, on this when someone on Twitter asked him for free speed programs. He replied, “high level speed programs aren’t free.” Then, another coach chimed in and said, “if you want free, peruse YouTube, Google, and Instagram and put together workouts in your own time.”
And it’s true.
You are paying for the craftsmanship of an experienced coach writing out a progressive program with specific sets, reps, and work-to-rest times, as well a supplying video demos and tutorials.
This is why I wrote The Total Youth Soccer Fitness 365 electronic program. It is priced at $199 for a one-time fee (now on sale for $159 for this week). Honestly, this is cheap for what you get, but I wrote it for people who want a year-round workbook with general in-season and off-season workout templates (2-5 days a week of workouts written out). Keep in mind, these are super general templates and not customized to the individual player’s practice and game schedule.
You have unlimited access after this one-time purchase, and can come and go as you please. However, if you want the best results, the time you put in will have to be a priority, making sure you complete over 90% of the workouts each month.
Not everyone who has gotten this program has been money or time tight, and they just simply want to “try things out” or start simple. Totally okay.
You can get it HERE.
2. You Are Time Abundant and Money Abundant and Motivation Abundant
This is for people who are ready to rock, and this is why before I meet with online leads, I have them fill out a form with a series of questions.
I’m screening ya’ll too. ;-O
I do it out of genuine intent because the last thing I want is for someone to say they’re ready, when they’re not. Worse yet, they end up spending money they’re not ready to spend, and they end up missing workouts left and right.
For my High Level Mind Body remote program, one of my most crucial questions is, “are you willing to stay consistent with a minimum of 2x a week workouts for 3 months to see results?” Anything less than this won’t do much for speed, strength or agility improvements, let alone, cultivating healthy habits for a lifetime.
Actually, there’s another question I have that weeds out the half-in folks:
Purpose is a big part of training – wanting to improve your speed, strength and agility for reasons greater than yourself and not just because the parent is pushing it on the kid.
If an athlete isn’t motivated to train on their own, I won’t be of much help. Though my remote coaching involves weekly Zoom group check-ins, once a month one-on-one calls, weekly motivational quotes and messages on nutrition, recovery and confidence, detailed programs based on player’s schedule, and access to my super awesome workout phone app, I still need the athlete pulling their weight and completing the workouts. This isn’t a hand-holding service.
My high level clients now are expected to attend all remote calls, complete over 90% of workouts each month, communicate with me any schedule changes, re-assess every few months to track progress, and bust their butts without me there:
In fact, here is a testimonial from an amazing current remote client on what it takes:
So which category do you fall into?
Money tight? Time tight? Money abundant? Are you somewhere in between? Perhaps you’re hesitant about the investment of both, so check this out:
If somewhere in between, I would check out my Standard Coaching for those of you who are lukewarm, and who want to see what performance training is all about. Here is a testimonial from someone doing this program:
I hope this helps and sheds light on remote training expectations. It is all about your intention.
There are a plethora of programs out there, and all of it depends on how much you’re willing to invest as well as what you want out of the experience.