Picking the Right Fitness Coach (Step 1/4)

There are a metric ton of personal trainers, and now, thanks to CrossFit, fitness coaches who can help you break your unhealthy cycles and see results faster.

“A Wild Coach Appears”

That’s a recent problem for our generation. In the ’90s and early 2000s, you walked into a gym, asked for a trainer, and viola! The person behind the counter “knew a guy!” If you were a girl who didn’t want your trainer to hit on you, they “knew a girl!” 

That’s changed. Now, you can compare trainers on location, price, experience, and reviews from the convenience of your Blackberry or Palm Pilot. I’m kidding; your iPhone.*

That’s a lot to consider. So, this week, I’ll give you the fastest four steps to find the right one.

  1. Ask yourself, “What do I want?”
    1. Coaches have specialties. My former nutrition coach worked with bodybuilders and pro fighters. That was perfect for me because I wanted to keep muscle but still last through a Ju Jitsu match. Others spend their time mastering fat loss. Some focus on fitness-defined (capacity to move and live well). Others teach clients to break bad habits and self-destructive patterns. Instead of starting with “Who looks the best?” Start with “What do I need? Who looks the best for me?”


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