When a person decides to take the step towards improving their health and fitness, it can be quite daunting and even confusing to embark on this challenge alone. Not only that, but a coach will be able to provide you with long-term guidance.
Here are my top 5 tips as to why you NEED a coach to help tick off your health and fitness goals:
- Technique instruction and coaching
One of the most important services a coach can offer is the knowledge and ability to teach proper form and function when it comes to exercise. This is especially important for complex moves like squats and deadlifts. It’s also imperative for beginners, novices and younger individuals. Knowing how to properly perform these moves can prevent injury and improve results exponentially.
- Periodisation and program design
Any coach that is proper educated by a reputable organisation should have knowledge on periodisation and program design. This is important for progression, improving performance and progressing a client in terms of exercise selection. Without proper progression and program design results will be slow or non-existent and the potential for injury is greatly increased.
The number one reason people don’t exercise is they claim they don’t have time. When you have a coach, you are accountable not only to yourself but also that person. Accountability can help force you into managing your time better and creating an “opening” so you don’t miss a workout. Even the most motivated and committed people have days they want to skip the gym, having an appointment with a coach will not only force you to show up, but also help you switch your mindset to continue downtime path to your health and fitness goals on even your most lacklustre days.
Being motivated on days you feel less than stellar can be hard, and staying motivated over the course of months or years can be almost impossible. A coach will assist you in with this. A good coach will be able to ta into their clients mental and emotional needs. This ability can only increase your motivation and improve results.
- Goal setting
Many people don’t fully understand how to set proper goals. Coaches are educated on how to set specific, measurable and attainable goals. Furthermore, they have ample practice setting goals for eclectic demographics. A good coach can help customise your personal goals and align them with your lifestyle. Most people enter the gym with either no plan or a vague plan. They sleep walk through same exercises with no specific goals and wonder why they haven’t lost weight or gained muscle in the last 6 months. When you set specific goals and put them on paper, the chances of you reaching those goals improves dramatically.