Who needs a coach anyway.... YOU!!
Whether you're pretty savvy on the health front or need picking up off the floor here's some valuable reasons for seeking the help you need to achieve effortless health and productivity!
A coach is having someone who’s world is borderline obsessed with wellness, nutrition, posture, mindfulness, confidence, stress resolving and resilience. I say borderline because it's important that a coach remains grounded and connected with real challenges and problem. They do the research so you don’t have to like having an investment manager for your finances or doctor for your knee op.
You want a trainer who is real, that you can evolve with! They should always be further down the road than you but never fully there (no one is!) They should be curious, always learning, someone to bounce your wellness ideas goals off without being shut down and judged. A coach is a mate that you can talk to, spend time with, learn from and be inspired by.
Being educated while exercising is essential in maximising effectiveness and reducing risk of injury. A good trainer will teach you everything you need to know about exercising not just facilitate and watch you do burpees. They will put together the perfect routines to help you achieve your goals, demonstrate the correct posture for each exercise. From a nutritional perspective education is even more important as understanding your diet will make you far more likely to adhere to it the opposite of blindly following a meal plan. A better understanding of your wellness journey will 100% lead to better long term achievements.
Motivation: Exercising can be a hassle and at times it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s difficult to find the motivation to work out. Theres a stark difference between motivation on a lovely summer morning with a beautiful sunset running along the beach and discipline which is required to drag yourself out of bed, move the coffee table and smash out some squats on a dark February morning. A trainer may give you the boost you need and having someone in your corner to push and encourage you can be rewarding. Sometimes all we need is a little more support. I see varying degrees of motivation needs. Some clients need to be picked up off the floor completely and others need that tiny nudge to keep them on track. A few years ago I hired a personal trainer myself believe it or not, I wanted to be pushed and challenged. Even though I knew what I was doing you never stop learning. I benefited from having someone keep my rest times honest, give me a little form correction every now and then when I got lazy and it also gave me some accountability which often drifts as a trainer.
Avoid injury: I have just recently sent out a blog about this and the importance of building foundations and a springboard to catapult your fat loss and fitness goals from. This is where a trainer can push you forward or steady your charge and keep you near the edge so that you notice improvement but not over the edge where you crash and hurt yourself. In the event of niggles and injuries however it’s vital to have someone to hand who can facilitate good effective rehab as well.
Accountability: Accountability goes hand-in-hand with motivation. Throw the “I’ll go tomorrow, I’m too tired, One piece of carrot cake” excuses out the door because a personal trainer will ensure that won’t happen. Sticking to a fitness schedule gives you incentive to follow through and is the best way to achieve your goals. A good bond with your coach is vital in keeping this accountability.
Personalised strategy: A common misconception is that coaches are high energy, in your face, and work you to exhaustion or starve you. This is far, or should be from the truth. Be sure to tell your trainer what you’re looking for and together you can develop a plan tailored to you. Then we can set realistic goals based on your abilities and make adjustments where necessary, like if an old injury makes a certain exercise difficult. This will help you remain effective while keeping your body healthy. I see so many clients crowbarred into the body building space by trainers that are bodybuilders (of which there is a lot!!) and see bodybuilding as the answer to fix all. Now as it happens bodybuilding is an almost full proof methods to creating a desirable body composition and burn body’s fat however there are other methods that use similar principles that will also work and doesn’t require complicated calorie counting, 3h’s in the gym and chewing through chicken breasts and broccoli 7 times a day,
Challenging: It’s easy to get bored with your fitness routine. Maybe you’ve plateaued or aren’t seeing the results you want. A coach will challenge you and take you to the next level. They will implement exercises to keep you off that plateau and introduce new exercises to keep your workouts fun and fresh. Plus, it’s always rewarding to succeed when challenged. It’s important however that the Goldilocks effect is adhered to. Too hard and you risk getting hurt or burnt out but too easy and you will lose motivation and not see results. Both of which I see in people that try and train on their own or ‘eat clean’ especially in January!!
Contextualisation: This is one of my favourite words! Ask my training buddy Ben Claypole. Basically a good coach can take the overwhelming information and contradictory advice thats on the internet, in magazines and NETFLIX!! and put it in to real terms and context so that it makes better sense for you and your goals! There is real value here and this is where having a nutrition coach that is still current is vital to avoiding those rabbit holes. I still encourage my clients to be curious and explore wellness methods that interest them but I offer a structure and strategy that they can slot into.
More Than Fitness
Your personal trainer and nutrition advisor is much more than just a coach. You will spend so much time with your them that he/she can become your unofficial therapist. Yes, they are there to help improve your fitness but they also care about your well-being. Trainers can help you improve nutrition and even your mental health by giving you exercises aimed at relieving stress. I was fortunate to be involved in Professional sports for over 20 years and have found that dealing with the stresses of elite performance personally has certainly been a transferable skill in helping many of my executive clients.
Don’t let intimidation hold you back! Be brave and let yourself take steps to improvement. The benefits of personal training outweigh your fears by a long shot and can really help you achieve your goals. I am passionate about all things wellness and want to help maximise everyone I meets fitness experience. If you need help, would like a nudge or could do with an overhaul of your fitness and nutrition then visit www.scottkeepingfit.com