If you’ve been coaching for any length of time, chances are you’ve heard the phrase that you should ‘be a shark’ while on the coaching floor. Its said with good intention.
The idea behind it is pretty self-explanatory – you shouldnt be a statue while you are coaching. Move around your space. Look at people from different angles; front, back, side, high, low. The more that you see movement from different view points, the better a coach you’ll become.
Really though, if you’re just moving around for the sake of moving, you are missing the point. I don’t care what animal you choose to be, just don’t be a spectator. That’s the difference.
There’s a time and place for stopping and watching an athlete do something in class, but it should be done with intentionality. You should (usually) have something to say to them after a quick watch. Even ‘good job’ or ‘that’s better’ are good options to go with.
I know what you’re thinking: “how long is it ok to be standing in one spot?” If I’m in class and I’ve seen you not move while I’ve done three rounds of a workout, either I’ve gone delirious (which is entirely possible) or you gotta get to stepping.
And just because I want this to stick with you, how many of you know the ‘Baby Shark’ song? (If not, check it here) You’re welcome for the ear worm!