Written in conjunction with Strength Coach Podcast Ep. ###
In our last episode of Learn To Coach, Kevin Carr discussed Client Communication. This week we’re going to discuss how and when it is best to use internal and external cues.
External cueing: a cue that directs the client’s attention away from the body. The cue focuses on the outcome of the movement in relation to the environment.
External cues have proven to be more effective than internal cues when it comes to coaching complex and dynamic movements. For this reason, I try to use as many external cues and analogies as possible when I’m coaching.
An internal cue directs the client’s attention to body parts and how to move. The cue focuses on the outcome of the movement in relation to the person’s understanding of anatomical terminology and personal body awareness. Internal cues are best used in one-on-one clinical situations.
There is a time and place for everything, and when it comes to coaching exercises out on the gym floor I prefer to use external cues. Your clients will be more impressed by your ability to be brief and use analogies than by your knowledge of anatomy and muscle actions. Anatomical terms are important for your knowledge as a coach, but your clients don’t care for anatomy lectures.
Know your audience and cue accordingly.
Thank you, Coach Nick Winkelman, for your valuable insights on external cueing.
PS check out externalcues.com for more ideas!
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