Alena Luciani is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with a Masters of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences from Ohio University, a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Alena grew up surrounded by sport and learned through her experiences as an athlete that she wanted to be able to. Alena has coached athletes ranging from professional athletes to weekend warriors.
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Alena learned from influential coaches teaching her at an early age that coaching could lead to having a larger impact on her community and environment. “I’ve always felt like I have had natural-born leadership which turned into a natural progression into becoming a coach.”
It’s important to understand new perspectives and how there are different ways to do things. There is a core skillset within leaders such as listening, when to use your voice, connecting, that I find that some people have those natural skill sets but that being said, I do know people that have adapted to their climate and have BECOME a great leader. We have the chance to lead in a way that works with our core values - you can lead in a beautiful way by example and still have an incredible effect on others around you.
10:20 It’s incredibly important to be cognizant of who you're leading and how you’re leading. We should surround ourselves with people who have that growth mindset. We don’t know everything or that this is the only way, we are all constantly learning and we gravitate towards people that understand that. It's a great way to develop your skills.
11:00 - What's your why behind Training2XL?
Your why comes from your past. Your why can represent everything that you’ve come from and have learned from. It doesn't represent an end goal.
Stemming from Alena’s father - Alena thrives on building a legacy of growth and engraining her core values through her coaching patterns. By resonating and caring for the people around you, we see a ripple effect through our way of living. This is where impact over influence comes in.
Impact to me means action and integrity. Influence, you can show off all you want but it can all be for show. When someone comes back to you and says “I changed this part of my life and continue to create a better version of myself because of what you taught me" - that's impact. We should be asking ourselves, what are we doing off of social media when the camera isn’t there to create change?
The Purpose and Importance of a Title:
Nowadays the title coach can be thrown around very easily. I want a coach to be in my title because of the coaches I come behind. I think the title holds so much impact and power, but unfortunately, it may be utilized in a way that is being monopolized instead of using in an intentional way. I want to showcase my title with leadership and the power of example for my team and in the end create a legacy.
29:00 - It's exhausting to be anything but yourself. It wasn’t until I was taking ownership of my strength and my style for my natural connection and coaching skills to get exceptionally better. If you shy away from tendencies that come naturally to you, it's going to feel uncomfortable and you’re going to get tired of it.
While creating a shift we make a much more comfortable approach for ourselves AND the people around us. Establishing trust with our true styles creates a much more beneficial way of coaching and leadership.
“Instead of complaining about what's lacking, I’m trying to add what I wish there was more of”
Building Trust within Athletes and Coaches:
How is it adapted to the different styles of learning??
We discuss learning styles in a way that covers everything, writing it down, visually demonstrating, giving tactile feedback, and more. I find that this part of coaching is extremely important but overlooked. If you’re using an auditory cue, is your client responding to it properly? Or are they going to respond better to a visual cue?
“You can be the juiciest, ripest peach, and there's still going to be people that don’t like peaches”
Advice: it’s unrealistic to think that everyone is going to like you. You’re going to work with a huge amount of people and at the beginning, some are going to be there for your style of coaching, some won't agree with you, but there should be an exchange of respect.
"Athletes don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care”
Owning your program but also taking the time to get to know each person as a human being rather than another client will get you so much further. You can say all the
How poor leadership can affect an entire organization:
So much has changed and we need to be open to understanding that there are new ways of learning. Leaving “this is how we’ve always done things” - We can take time to communicate to solve a lot of problems. Take the time to understand, compromise, and work with
We get caught up in trying to do everything at once rather than making sustainable progress throughout our daily habits. It can be difficult and uncomfortable but that's how you can acknowledge the good growth that we need throughout
If someone listening is wanting to break out of teaching classes at a gym, being tied to a schedule, or working for someone… What advice would you give to them to break free from that?? IE: become their own boss, and create their own business in this industry.
46:00 - experience. It's one thing to get certified but as you’re learning, put yourself into situations and experiences that you can get a hands-on feeling where you can get more out of the opportunity. You can’t rush it, no matter how badly we want to.
48:00 - Learn from different leaders. It's amazing to see how much things differ but also great to see similarities between different people and industries. Learn from people that are out of your “box” that will give you different perspectives. Open yourself up to something that you’re not normally focused on.
You can learn from a dysfunctional place. Finding out what does not work, saves you a lot of time finding your pursuit and true style of working.
49:00 - Just because you’re in a bad situation you can’t shut down because there is always something to be taken away. It builds resilience. There's nothing you can do about bad situations that happen to you, its about what you take out of the situation and use it to grow.
Look at the big picture and understand that it did teach you something.