5 Characteristics of a Great Personal Sports Coach

The world of sports is more competitive than ever. Athletes are bigger, stronger and faster than decades past. In order to gain a competitive edge over the competition, many athletes contract the services of a personal sports coach to assist with development of sport specific skills.

When selecting a personal sports coach there are 5 keys to look for to ensure you’re making a great selection.

1. They’re Professional

You want a personal sports coach that is professional. Professionalism includes being on time and prepared for workouts. This includes developing a program that utilizes a graduated progression. The program should take you from your current level of knowledge and skill towards positive improvements against predetermined goals.

2. Demonstrated Knowledge of The Desired Sport

The personal sports coach must be extremely knowledgeable of the fundamentals of their respective sport. This includes philosophy, strategy and a holistic understanding of concepts necessary to be successful in the game. Its always a plus if the coach has played the sport at a high level, as you can be sure their knowledge of the game surpasses most.

3. Ability to Communicate Effectively

The personal sports coach selected must be an exceptional communicator to be able to relay sports concepts effectively. A knowledgeable coach without the ability to communicate messages in an easy to understand manner will not ultimately benefit you in the long run as they won’t be able to transfer their knowledge in a way that gets results.

4. Previous Coaching Experience

When searching for a coach, there’s no substitute for experience. One of the most important things to look for in selecting a coach is previous coaching experience. You want a coach with a proven track record of success coaching athletes in your desired sport. Previous experience and success is a tremendous indicator of future success as you begin your training.

5. They’re Passionate

Passion is a common trait that all great coaches possess. You want to find a coach that is passionate about the game and teaching others how to play the game to the best of their ability. Coaches that are passionate are most often enthusiastic as well – which creates positive energy during training sessions. Positive energy and enthusiasm is of the utmost importance when creating a positive learning environment.

While there are many important traits to look for in a personal sports coach, the list above gives you a great starting point to make an informed decision when selecting a coach.

We’d love the opportunity to be your coach. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary fitness assessment to get started.



Nathan Daniels

Nathan Daniels is the owner of Daniels Performance Enhancement, a personal training and sports performance company that specializes in getting you to the next level in fitness. Daniels is a Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a Certified Speed, Agility and Quickness Trainer, specializing in sports performance training for athletes of all sports.

5 Tips to Get Faster With Speed and Agility Training This Off Season


“Speed Kills” is a common phrase heard around the sporting world. And, its no wonder, because in the modern sporting world all elements of movement are dependent upon speed. All athletes are measured for their speed - how fast you can run, jump, change direction, swing and throw. These physical attributes are a critical component of an athlete’s skill set and success on the field or court.

Now, its important to remember that not everyone can be Usain Bolt, who holds 6 Olympic gold medals and the title as fastest man in the world. But, if you want to become faster this off-season, here are 5 ways to get it done through speed and agility training.

5 Tips to Get Faster with Speed and Agility Training

Tip #1: Increased Flexibility

A flexible muscle is a fast muscle. The elasticity of your muscles, the ability for them to contract and expand when called upon is essential when building speed. You can achieve gains in flexibility through a variety of ways, including:

  • Dynamic Stretching – in which muscles are propelled into an extended range of motion.
  • PNF Stretching (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) – that takes advantage of muscle and its increased vulnerability. This method trains stretch receptors to become used to increased range of muscle length.

Tip #2: Core Strength

Superior core strength is vital to elite athletic performance. An athlete’s core muscles are a key focal point within all successful speed and agility training programs. The strength of your core has a significant effect on the ability for transfer energy to limbs – the core is the engine that makes an athlete go. Core strength can be improved by:

  • Abdominal and lower back strengthening exercises that are dynamic in nature and simulate athletic movement.
  • Medicine Ball Drills are great too

Tip #3: Conditioning and Lower Body Fat

Effective speed and agility training is difficult to achieve with an athlete that is not conditioned properly. It is nearly impossible to exert the amount of energy needed to see positive training effects, as Type 1, or slow twitch, must be trained and conditioned to provide a solid foundation for Type 2, or fast twitch, to be tapped into. Conditioning can be improved through:

  • A sound interval running program
  • Lowering body fat to make your body more proficient to increase athletic performance

Tip #4: Improve Elastic Muscle Strength

Improving elastic muscle strength helps an athlete’s ability to contract muscles quickly in order to over come other forces on the field or court. Ways to improve elastic muscle strength include:

  • Plyometric, or jump training, exercises
  • Bungee cord work, tire pulls and parachute runs

Tip #5: Technique

Running is a natural movement but correct form is learned. I strongly suggest you find a speed and agility training coach in your area to help you improve in this area. Proper technique will make your movements proficient and fluid, as well as eliminate poor habits that could be holding you back.

There is simply no substitute for speed. If you work hard on improving in these 5 areas of speed and agility training, you’ll see tremendous improvements in your overall speed and athletic performance.

Good luck!


Daniels Performance Enhancement in Work It Richmond

Daniels Performance Enhancement owner Nathan Daniels was featured in Work It, Richmond. Learn more about his sports performance training background and his secrets to success. Click here to read the full article.

Daniels Performance Enhancement Owner Nathan Daniels was featured in Work It, Richmond.  

Daniels Performance Enhancement Owner Nathan Daniels was featured in Work It, Richmond.  

Daniels Performance Enhancement at Fun N' Fitness Festival

We had a great time this past weekend at the Fun N' Fitness Festival at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. While it looked like it might rain for most of the day, the rain held off and we all stayed dry enough to have a great time. The kids activities were wonderful, as they had everything from bouncy houses to a petting zoo to laser tag. You'll want to add the Fun N' Fitness Festival to your calendar for next year, as it is a great time with wonderful activities and free fun for all ages - especially the kids!

Daniels Performance Enhancement's Booth at the Fun n Fitness Festival

Daniels Performance Enhancement's Booth at the Fun n Fitness Festival

We were happy to be there to promote our upcoming Adult Boot Camps starting on Monday, June 3rd at Brandermill Country Club. Boot camp workouts are a great way to get in shape, as they are challenging and encouraging in a group atmosphere. Click here for more information on our adult boot camps - we hope to see you on June 3!

Daniels Performance Enhancement Now Open In Richmond VA


It doesn't get much better than Spring in Richmond Virginia. A time of renewal, a time for new starts. And, it couldn't be a better time to launch our sports performance company. We have a lot of exciting things planned - from one-on-one personal training to high intensity sports performance training for athletes of all ages.

Please excuse our dust as we work on finalizing this website and our offerings for the spring and summer. However, while you are here, take the time to check out more information on our personal training sessions, as well as our adult boot camps starting in May. 

We're excited about helping folks in Richmond reach their fitness goals - so get ready. We hope to see you soon.