Everyone needs a coach- yes, even coaches themselves.
This statement begs the question, do I have a coach? Well, let me answer that with a resounding “YES!” I absolutely do. While I am highly capable of creating my own meal plans and workouts (and I certainly do from time to time), I, just like everyone else, need that extra accountability to keep me pushing myself in the gym (and at home…where I am faced with a pantry full of toddler treats every.single.day!) My coach and I collaborate on my programs and nutrition specifications, and I check in with him every two weeks (although we text quite often, as I myself am what most trainers would call a “high maintenance” client). I provide Jon with my food log, circumference measurements and body composition analysis via email, and we make adjustments as necessary to keep me moving in the right direction. Now, could I do this for myself? Of course! But would I be more tempted to miss workouts, eat poorly and generally not give a sh*t? Probably. Even highly self-motivated people like me can benefit from having another person to maintain high expectations for gym performance and diet adherence. This is also why group training (if the groups are small enough) is also quite successful in getting people their results. It has been my experience that we will let ourselves down long before we will let other people down (which I believe is particularly true for us wives and mothers).
…like I said, even coaches need coaches=)
I remember (back in my pre-trainer days) when I finally reached my breaking point at the gym, and decided that I needed someone to help guide me toward my goals. I chose to get a personal trainer because I was sick of putting in all of the hours (on the treadmill to nowhere) and not seeing any results beyond merely maintaining my weight. The truth is, I really didn’t know exactly what I wanted, and therefore I could not get myself there. Sometimes it is simply a matter of getting an assessment done, and having an objective outsider analyze the results (as well as your medical history, lifestyle and exercise experience) in order to help you set realistic expectations for yourself and your body. Other times, it is a matter of programming. While there is an obscene amount of fitness resources available both online and in print, it is difficult to weed through the crap and find what actually applies to your specific background and goals. And then, even when you do, performing the exercises safely and effectively often becomes an issue. Also, for me personally, I would always end up getting stuck in the gym for hours trying to do the routines I looked up, when in retrospect I now realize that I could have been getting twice the results in half the time by simply having someone tell me exactly what to do and how to do it. For those of us with busy lives and schedules, I think that time is the most valuable resource of all. By working with Jennifer, I saved myself a lot of time, and ultimately I saved a lot of money, too because I learned to prioritize my health and my body, changed my lifestyle and probably avoided a slippery slope of poor habits that would have eventually led to a host of medical problems (and thus medical bills) down the line.
So…here is my (non-exhaustive:) list of the benefits of working with a coach/personal trainer:
- Accurate fitness assessment (to establish a baseline for your program)
- Exercise safety (through ensuring proper form and adequate rest)
- Optimize your workout time (great trainers get you better results in less time)
- Accountability (you will stand yourself up before you will stand your trainer up- harsh reality)
- Motivation (everybody needs that extra push to reach their goals)
- Personalization (programs should be designed to meet your specific needs)
- Realistic goal setting (sometimes we fail because we simply have unrealistic expectations)
- Everybody benefits from a trainer, even trainers (the top athletes in the world still use trainers, so “knowing enough” to workout on your own is not an excuse)
- A trainer will push you beyond your comfort zone, while keeping you within your personal physical limits (you won’t push yourself beyond your comfort zone)
- GREAT coaches provide continuing education (BEWARE- if you train with me, you will be my fitness student for life! My previous clients will attest to this=)
- MissFIT niche specialties:
- Pregnancy preparation training (get your best body before having children!)
- Prenatal training (proper technique, proper nutrition, exercise modifications etc.)
- Postnatal training (get that baby weight off… and keep it off!)
- Body fat loss (this is different than total “weight loss”!)
- Muscle gain (increased lean body mass = increased resting metabolic rate and thermic effect of exercise!)
- Easy access to a community and support system (because we can’t do it alone!)
- Customized nutrition/meal plans
- Family nutrition education