What makes a good coach?

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What makes a good coach?

Are you stuck in rut? Want to lose weight? Get fit? Gain core strength, flexibility and balance? Or perhaps need help with a health condition or back injury? Then maybe you need a good coach?

There is no exact blueprint for a good coach, as each coach will have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, there are some distinct qualities that good coaches have in common. A client has more ability to change if they have their own trainer or coach. The trainer or coach should also be using a coach or trainer too.

Mike Tysons boxing coach ‘Cuss d’amati’ used specific mind body objectives, looked at life and lifestyle  and coached Mike Tyson not only the physical skills but also the psychological drive to win – but at a terrible personal cost. “Cus made me believe that I should be treated like a god anywhere I went because I was the greatest,” says Tyson. “Cus brainwashed me with that arrogance and viciousness.” 

As you read this list, ask yourself how you measure up against each of these qualities and identify which areas could use more of your attention. If you have been receiving coaching yourself and feel like it could be more effective, this list might give you a window to a constructive conversation with your mentor to improve the relationship.

When you enter one of my studios you will come in through a consultation of your choice. This ranges from a basic movement assessment of 30 mins to in-depth study looking at everything form the 29 organ systems, back assessments, holistic life style to primal movement patterns and gut health.

Think back to the people in your life who have recognized your potential and used their talents to help you discover and shape your own. When a coach like this is present in the workplace, his or her influence can have a profound impact on the professional development of the entire team as well as the individuals within it. Most people would rather work under a manager who behaves as a coach than one who dictates and directs from above.

Coaching your employees is an important step in developing an internal culture that supports the customer experience. Sometimes coaching can happen “on the fly” when learning opportunities present themselves, but formal coaching sessions provide a great benefit to employees, who get the chance to ask questions, practice skills, and set goals against which they can measure their progress over time.


These are the qualities that I feel every coach should have and use :

  1. Genuine – Be authentic and plane real.
  2. Empathy – Feeling what makes other feel without feeling engulfed.
  3. Potenecy – Channeling positive emotions.
  4. Concreteness – Down to earth and practical specifics.
  5. Respect – Esteem for a sense of worth or excellence towards the self and others
  6. Warmth, kindness, gentleness and promotes relatedness.
  7. Confrontedness – The ability to confront when needed.
  8. Self actualisation – On the path aligned with values.
  9. Immediacy – Here and now (no procrastination)
  10. Self disclosure – honesty, sharing where appropriate


‘Four Quadrants’ – Paul Chek

By | 2018-07-13T18:58:21+00:00 June 30th, 2018|accepting change, pain, Philsophy, stress|0 Comments

About the Author:

Nisha is a certified Chek practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach.Her journey started when a visiting Laban teacher introduced her to Pilates at Dance College during her first year. It's effects were forgotten but she then re discovered Pilates through Michael King eleven years later whilst running her dance school. Her background spans over 25 years with formal training in classical ballet, modern dance, tap, national choreography, stage production and theatre. Her formation includes Pilates, Thai bodywork, Yoga, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and anatomical studies. Her particular interest is fascia, and the connective lines and movement patterns that allow a full moving structure rather than the isolation of bones and muscles. Her fascination with questioning the traditions of modern medicine and fascination with searching for meaningful answers has taken her in many different directions and has offered her an abundance of opportunities gaining a wealth of knowledge. “I tried many movement modalities and extended my search after experiencing fascia, because of its simplicity in movement. Quickly, I noticed my own body changing as well as the bodies of my own clients. In the last 25 years of teaching I’ve developed a workout unique to Yoga Anatomy". Throughout her studies Nisha has done numerous dissections with Julian Baker and Cery Davies and has the opportunity to take lectures and courses from Robert Schleip, Joanne Avisons, Tom Myers, Matt Wallden, Emma Lane, Gary Carter, Paul Chek, Dan Hellman, Peter Blackaby, James de Silva plus many many more Nishas teaching method promotes reflective self-discovery and provides the requirements to integrate a shift in consciousness for attaining individual goals. She maintains that an attitude of compassion, consistency and joyous humor are excellent components to growth and expanded potential. She welcomes all level of movers from the beginner to the seasoned athlete who have a desire to increase their skill potential, also teachers and students. Her specialties include assisting post rehabilitative individuals, injury prevention for dancers and athletes and advanced movement programs.