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Why I Needed a Coach

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

Irish dance strength and conditioning, Ellen G Waller, Irish dance mindset

Coaches are common place when it comes to athletics (soccer coach, baseball coach, cross country couch etc). The United Kingdom Coaching Strategy describes the role of the sports coach as one that "enables the athlete to achieve levels of performance to a degree that may not have been possible if left to his/her own endeavors”.

But coaches exist in many different arenas outside of organized sports. There are business coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, life coaches, fitness coaches, leadership coaches, financial coaches etc. One of my favorite descriptions of the role of a coach comes from business coach Barry O’Reilly. He describes, “coaches facilitate the development of personal or professional objectives. The coach doesn’t provide you with the answers to a challenge or even tell you what to do. Instead the coach acts as a facilitator to help you ask better questions, and explore your own answers. They serve as a guide while you create a plan, define outcomes, and experiments to move your thinking forward. Think “facilitator” and “action-oriented.”


When I started Target Training, for a while I thought, “I don’t need a business or fitness coach, I have experience and knowledge. Surely I can figure this out all on my own.” But there were areas where I wanted a different perspective on a situation or another set of eyes when problem solving. So I wrote a list of reasons why I wanted to begin working with a Business Coach. See if any of these resonate to areas of your life.

  • My skills were good but I wanted to be better.

  • I was feeling stuck and as if I had lost some momentum.

  • I was going through a transition and needed help gaining clarity.

  • I wanted to invest in myself.

  • There were some limiting beliefs holding me back.

  • I wanted to improve my efficiency.

  • I was ready to step out of the comfort zone and address some intimidating challenges.

At the end of the day, I was ready to get out of my own way, take action and achieve my goals.

I first began working with my Business Coach and through our work together, I was immediately reengaged, I reestablished my curiosity and love for learning, I took a big ol’ step out of my comfort zone, and it changed not only my business life, but my personal life. Shortly after, I also began working with a Pilates based Fitness Coach. The human body is miraculous. There is new research surfacing daily and I want to consistently provide the most effective modes of training to the athletes I work with. My Fitness Coach is involved in the fitness world in a totally separate capacity than I am and sees the human body so differently than me. What I’ve learned from her is invaluable both personally and for the TT athletes that I work with.

I have been a coach for all of my teenage and adult life. But through my years of working with these two incredible women, I have become a better coach and leader by adopting some of their techniques and strategies. I’ve learned that a coach is...

Irish dance strength and conditioning, Ellen G Waller, Irish dance coach, Irish dance mindset, Irish dance advice

As a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Irish dancers, I would love to help you in 2020 to realized your goals. I hope you can join me at one of our upcoming classes or through 1-1 training. Check out some of the offerings we have in 2020 and find the best fit for you. Let's commit to ourselves and our goals in 2020!

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