Why would you pay for a coach?

Following on from my previous post, about what you should look for in a quality coach, I thought I’d follow up by covering why it’s worth hiring a coach.

We’ll start with probably the most common reason you might want to hire a coach, and that is for motivation and accountability (a kick up the bum).  This is a great reason for sure, but it only scratches the surface of what a coach can help you with.

The second common reason for hiring a coach is for improving your technique.  This isn’t just limited to beginners who want to learn movements for the first time, but is great for anyone along the spectrum of training experience, who either want to learn an advanced movement, and/or hone their technique on some movements currently in their training.  Again, this is a great reason.

Those are probably the main reasons that come to mind when you’re deciding whether to hire a coach.  If you’re motivated to train and feel comfortable with your technique, then a coach may seem unnecessary to you, but there is one very important part of the service that a coach provides that gets overlooked, and that’s your programming.

When you hire a coach, they’re going to look at your goals, and provide programming specific to that goal.  Your body doesn’t know what you’re trying to achieve when you step into the gym, so it’s important that your programming is geared towards what you’re trying to achieve.  A hypertrophy (muscle gain) program is going to look different to a strength program for example.

A coach will also provide progression to your programming.  One of the most common things I see when someone isn’t getting results from their training, is that they’ve been doing the exact same thing (not just exercises, I mean loads, reps, sets, rests, tempos) for an extended period (sometimes months on end), and can’t figure out why they’re not getting stronger, fitter, etc.

Another part of the programming process, is making sure that you gain or retain postural balance.  This is crucial to ensure that when you are moving (in the gym or not), you are moving well and are minimizing your risk of injury.  When putting together a program, there’s a good reason that your coach is making you do those horizontal rowing (upper back) movements when you told them you wanted to get a bigger chest.  And those unusual warm-up movements your coach makes you do?  They’re in your program for good reason too.

Often, I’ll write a program for someone, and when I follow them up to see how it’s going, they proudly tell me how they’ve swapped out the exercises they didn’t like (the ones they needed the most), for ones they enjoy more (that are easier or working a completely different movement pattern).

While it is important to enjoy your training, it’s also super important that your program is going to achieve the desired outcome, and that means your program will have been designed very deliberately with the three things listed above in mind.  If you’re not enjoying a program then speak to your coach who will be more than happy to adjust where possible, or give a good explanation as to why particular movements are necessary in your program.

And just like that I’ve blown through my word count for this post.  If you have any thoughts or questions about this topic, leave them in the comments below, and if you know someone who would find this post useful, please feel free to share!

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