By Shawn McQueen, Mentor for Two-Brain Group Coaching Course
Have you ever seen a coach talking or briefing a movement and there’s those 1 or 2 people who jump ahead of them?
Or a member loads their bar with a weight they have no business doing?
Or chatter or talking during the coach breaking a movement down?
How easy is it for that to get under a coach’s skin?
We can’t fault the members, they just want to move.
But they do need to listen.
What helps eliminate these issues is an effective communication method tool I like to call:
Here are a few framing examples:
“In a moment you’re going to (blank)”
“I am going to set the clock for 4 minutes and you will (blank)…”
“As we move together here as a group on my call… you will squat and pause for 3 full seconds in the bottom, when I say up, you press the bar overhead and hold overhead for 3 full seconds….”
With framing you’re telling them exactly what you want them to do before they do it.
You’re using ‘in the future’ phrases like, “in a moment” or “in your first set” or “when I say.”
This tool provides a level of clarity, direction and guidance that every single person wants and can easily follow.
Human beings crave structure.
Framing eliminates guesswork for them and increases their adherence to following a Coach’s leadership.
Let’s expand on an example to see the clarity and guidance:
Let’s say a Coach rallies the group before a breakout and says:
“In a moment,
you’re going to pair up with a buddy.
You two will claim a squat rack.
The shorter athlete will set the J-Cups to their height.
The taller athlete will get the barbell.
Once that’s complete,
We will circle back up around squat rack #3 to review points of performance in the back squat and how I’d recommend getting to your 5RM today.”
What do you think happens from this?
The brains go…
Am I the taller or shorter one?
Complete the task assigned to me for my height.
Then reconvene at #3 before moving forward.
Classes are way more enjoyable for the coach AND the members when everyone flows together.
Framing gets us there.