Thursday, December 29, 2011

Choosing a Fitness Coach

If you are serious about changing your body and getting big time results you need to hire a fitness coach. When choosing a coach to guide you to better health, fitness, conditioning and nutritional habits, there are many aspects to look at. The right trainer can help assist you to better levels of performance. When looking for a trainer use these guidelines below to help you make this important decision:
1. Positive and Passionate Attitude. This is the most important trait you are looking for in a fitness coach. “It doesn’t matter how much you know until they know how much you care.” Fitness coaches need to care, be passionate and enjoy coming to work everyday. And the first time you meet with a trainer you must sense this attitude.
2. Education. As attitude matters, being educated is just as important. With so many weekend certification courses available it is too easy to get on line and “get certified”. So beware of the trainer who took a weekend course and began training clients. Fitness coach education is on going and the industry has changed. The degree or certification is just a stepping-stone and your trainer must stay on top of his or her education. Does your trainer attend national workshops and seminars throughout the year? This is a big red flag if your trainer never attends continuing education classes. Don’t be afraid to ask your trainer some important questions: “What was the last fitness book you have read?” “What was the last seminar you attended?” “What college did you go to and what is your degree?” “What certifications do you have?” “How many clients have you trained?”
3. Experience. A true expert in the field has put in 10,000 hours of training clients. That is training at least 25 hours a week for 7 ½ years. You do not want some “person” who read Men’s Health magazine and decided to start training people. Experience is huge.
4. Appearance. Fitness coaches need to look the part. They do not need bulging muscles ripping out their shirt but they must be physically fit, showing that they practice what they preach. You want a coach that dresses nice and clean, stays neatly groomed, is respectful and walks the walk.
5. Workout Design. Does your fitness coach have a system? Or is it just a hodge-podge of exercises thrown at you. A proper workout must have a proper workout flow and design. Your coach should educate you on his or her system and philosophy.
6. Day 1. What you do on day 1 will tell you a lot of about your trainers’ experience. Day 1 should consist of a thorough, health history and physical assessment and education on the trainers’ system and workout design. The first workout should be moderate exertion and should leave you wanting more. A little soreness is ok but if you can’t walk after your first day, find someone else.
7. Fitness Mentors. There are a few individuals that every fitness coach must follow and learn from. Ask your perspective trainer about these fitness innovators: Mike Boyle, Gray Cook, Mark Verstegen, Todd Durkin, Sue Falsone, Charlie Weingroff, and Martin Rooney. These are the top dogs in the industry and if your trainer does not know about them, find another trainer.


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