Are you always able to achieve the goals you set? When it comes to fitness training, have you ever hit a plateau?
If you answered yes, consider getting a coach. There will be a point where you've gained a certain level of knowledge towards a goal, but still miss the target. That is where a coach comes in.
Here are 3 reasons why I have one and you should too.
Reason 1: A coach will assess where you are at, and then point you in the right direction. A good coach will make sure you are ready for exercise. They will spot weaknesses, imbalances, strengths, and then help formulate the right plan to get you where you want to be.
For example, I love teaching the kettlebell swing. It's a simple, highly effective movement, but not always easy. At Control Your Health, we make adjustments based on the individual client. What works for one, won't work for all.
This swing basic could be just what you need to clean up the kettlebell swing or a waste of time if you already meet certain movement prerequisites.
Reason 2: A coach will hold you accountable. Having someone hold you accountable makes it much more likely for the ever important follow through!
When you report back what you've done or haven't done, the right coach will help establish the best mindset to help move you to the next level.
I'll give you a hint, "What are you ready, willing, and able to do?"
Reason 3: A coach will share a lot of the unwritten rules. I was having a conversation with my friend Bob Elder. He is an expert in Japanese Swordsmanship and I said something about the surplus of experts on "You-Tube University."
Bob replied, "You can learn a lot online, or you can go learn from an expert in person and they may save you 20 years of frustration."
I know what Bob meant! When trying to learn how to use really sharp Japanese swords, it sure can be frustrating every time you cut yourself!
Getting a coach really boils down to getting better training or better education. What is the best format for this? Books, videos, and podcasts are a great choice and mostly free!
If you are anything like me, you probably want justification to continue doing what you've have been doing.
A good coach won't let you hide behind excuses! They will give the gentle (or maybe not so gentle) nudge needed to started.
A coach's job is to make you do what you need to do, not what you like to do. Ask yourself if you need help, and then be humble enough to go get it.
Or when playing with swords, make sure to have plenty band-aids.