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Wellness Pro Podcast with Cate Stillman

Sep 7, 2021

The skill of leading a successful Coaching Gym is a keystone to being an effective coach and leader. As we find with most things we want to learn, building the structure around the skill will give it the most stability! With Coaching Gyms being only 15-20 minutes, it’s important to figure out a proper structure so that there is enough time to get through everything needed for a successful gym. 

In this podcast, Cate guides the Paths to Leadership team to troubleshoot how to run an efficient and effective Coaching Gym. Here Cate and the team build the structure for a coaching gym, then dissect and discuss each step within the structure. It’s one thing to plot out this structure, and it’s another to deeply understand what is needed during each step. 

In the conversation with the Paths to Leadership team, real questions from real coaches with real experience are asked; For instance, while asking the member what their burning question is, what do we do if they just don’t have one? What structure do we build within the structure to get them to figure out a burning question or goal to head towards?

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

  • How to structure a Coaching Gym- the dos and don’ts
  • The number one thing that doesn’t work in coaching gyms
  • How to ask clarifying questions
  • Knowing the difference between clarifying questions and coaching
  • Structures for effective storying telling
  • How to give action steps toward goals

Show Highlights:

  • How to do a Coaching Gym
    • what to do
    • what not to do
    • why structures work
  • Effective Speaking
    • Liberating Structures for speech
    • Giving action steps


  • 1:15 - Laying out dos and don’ts of coaching gyms 
  • 6:36 - The number one thing that doesn’t work in coaching gyms
  • 9:06 - Asking open ended vs. closed ended questions.
  • 11:36 - What to do when there is no burning question
  • 20:37 - Asking clarifying questions
  • 22:55 - Working with peak performers
  • 31:02 - Storytelling
  • 32:29 - Establishing action steps


  • Make structure work for the relationship.
  • Structures seem awkward at first because they are different from casual conversation.
  • Overwhelm comes from a lack of preparedness.
  • The function of clarifying questions is diagnostic.
  • Public acknowledgment goes a long way to action steps