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What to Look For in a Pickleball Coach

by Connor Derrickson on

Finding a pickleball coach who aligns with your goals and playing style is akin to discovering a secret weapon in your arsenal.

In this article, we delve into the essential criteria that make a pickleball coach stand out.

A good pickleball trainer or coach should have the following qualities:

Knowledge and Expertise: A good trainer should have a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, and exercise science, and be able to apply this knowledge to develop safe and effective workout programs.

Credentials: They should hold a recognized certification from a reputable organization, such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Good Communication Skills: Pickleball coaches should be able to clearly explain exercises, offer encouragement, and provide feedback in a supportive and non-judgmental manner – just like a good on-court partner, really.

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Adaptability: They should be able to modify their approach based on the individual needs and goals of each client, and be able to adjust workouts as needed.

Professionalism: A good trainer should be reliable, punctual, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.

Passion for Fitness: They should have a genuine love for fitness and a desire to help others achieve their goals.

Positive Attitude: Trainers should have a positive and encouraging attitude, and be able to inspire their clients to reach their potential.

Results-Oriented: A trainer should be results-driven and help their clients achieve their fitness goals through consistent and challenging workouts.

In addition to these qualities, it's also important to choose a pickleball coach who you feel comfortable with and who you can build a positive working relationship with.

That won't always be easy to identify early, so don't feel bad if you find yourself wanting to switch.

Read Next: Getting Started with Pickleball Strength Training

A good trainer can play a critical role in helping you reach your fitness goals and stay motivated.

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Connor Derrickson

Connor is a certified Strength & Conditioning professional. He has trained some of the top pickleball players including Catherine Parenteau, Anna Bright, Federico Stakstrud, and many more.

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