Do you think that hiring a trainer or a coach is just a luxury? Or do you feel that maybe you are motivated enough and don’t need a coach to push you through? Sure motivation is great, accountability is great, but a good coach doesn’t just yell at you to get going. A good coach gives you a specific strategy and educates you on exactly what your body needs. A good coach will help you avoid injury, accelerate your progress, and up level your training like never before.
Would you go on a long road trip without a strategy of how to get from point A to point B? There may be 20 ways to get to the same destination, wouldn’t you want the most efficient and safest way?
The biggest mistake people make with training is........ going at it alone!
A wise African Poverb:
If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together
According to MoneyTalksNews, “if you really want to get the most out of your workouts, a trainer is a great investment. The improvement in your health and fitness levels can have long-term payment in quality of life, and even decreased health care costs.”
Coaches or trainers can really accelerate your progress and make sure you are doing what is right for your body, whatever your goals may be. This way you don’t waste time or money on the incorrect way and end up frustrated or down right injured.
But how do you know you are choosing the right coach for you?
- Do they have the right experience? How many years of experience is comfortable for you. Do they know the human body. Can they offer alternative exercises if you have injuries or structural deficiencies? Sometimes the smallest tweak of an exercise will change the muscle that is targeted or keep you from injury.
- Do they practice what they preach? Can your trainer walk the talk they are asking you to do? If you were looking for a nutritionist, would you choose one that eats only fast food? Do you want your doctor to be a smoker? What about your fitness coach? Can they mimic the proper form needed for your training? Proper trainers can personalize your workout to your body and goals.
- How about the saying “proof is in the pudding?" Find out their track record and then try them out. Do they offer any free classes or learning seminars you could test to feel them out? Think about the things you have tested in life such as an OBGYN or a new school for your kids. You don’t just go to it, right? Perform interviews, ask around, do some research to make sure it's a great fit for you!
- Now let’s talk testimonials. Some people don’t review or submit testimonials until they are completely overwhelmed with emotion, be it good or bad. Check their success stories and see if other people recommend them, especially if they have common goals or concerns.
- Lastly, make sure the format fits you. Do you want a peer group to hold you accountable, pick you up when you are down, encourage you or commiserate with you? Similar to what I offer with Lauren’s Playground and my free challenges, many people want a community. Or, do you prefer one on one instruction? Or both? Especially now during a worldwide pandemic, your choices may change a bit. If you want to feel safe, look for something that will work for you in your home, either zoom, live or recorded.
I hope this helps anyone on the fence to getting a little extra tweak, accountability, strategy and the right push. Why don’t you test ME out for yourself. I can confidently say that I nail all 5 counts above. If you want to see for yourself, check out some testimonials just from the squat challenge alone, at the bottom of the sign up page, and sign up for the FREE 21 Day Squat Challenge starting January 1st, 2021. I will have ever level of fitness covered.