Not too long ago I received an email that contained the following quote:
“If you want to be OK at something, do it on your own. If you want to be best at something, get a coach.” – Cardigan Mark Schneider
How long have you spent doing it on your own?
How many hours have you been stuck in analysis paralysis looking for the perfect program to bring you the weight loss results you want not even realizing that what you need is right there in front of you?
Yes, I'm very serious.
Think about it this way:
How long have you been trying to get visible results you can show off to your girlfriends or purely just to feel better about yourself, your body and become more confident in who you really are?
“Too effing long Michelle!”
Why do you think it hasn’t happened for you yet?
I'm sure you have lots of reasons. Let me assure you that it wasn’t an easy ride for me either. I went through all the phases of diet hopping, gym memberships, trying various online training plans. None of them took me anywhere near my fitness goals.
Luckily for me I am not one to give up till I get what I want...err...I mean achieve my goals. Eventually I discovered I don’t know as much of this as I should to make changes happen and that I needed expert help.
But don’t take my word for it, let’s see what the numbers have to say.
The population of the U.S. in 2016 was 323.2 million, out of which 249.5 million are adults, 18 years and over (77%). In that same year the number of members in health and fitness clubs were 57.2 million (#1 in the world in this but only 23% of the adult population).
According to the 2016 National Health Interview Survey only 21.7% of adults met the Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic and strength training, 51.7% met the aerobic exercise guideline only.
Can you see where I’m going with this?
There are a whopping 125 million adults living in the U.S. that simply don’t exercise the minimum, and another 60 million who only do cardio and if you’re like me, I bet you’re NOT one of them.
See I knew you were special.
However, if you’re not seeing the results you desire, despite your endless purchases of Beachbody programs, you might want to consider these 5 reasons why you should hire a fitness coach to sort things out.
1. Goal Setting
A coach will help you identify your goals, break them down into smaller steps and identify specific metrics to that goal so you are able to track your progress regularly. Wishing to “lose some weight” is a good start, but without being specific as to what exactly you want to achieve (lose 10lbs, become a size 10, etc), where you are starting from (measurements) and how to know when you achieved it, it will be hard to see results even when there are some.
2. Program Design to Your Unique Needs
When you follow a generic workout routine you downloaded from the internet you have a fifty-fifty chance it will work for you. It will either work or not, but you won’t be able to identify the reasons behind those results either.
When you work with a fitness coach, the workout plan will be designed in a way that meets your individual needs, available resources and equipment will be considered. Not to mention if something doesn’t work for you or doesn’t feel right, you can contact your coach and s/he will be able to adjust.
This is more important than people think. Someone in your corner who will know when to ask the right questions, how to nudge you to get you off of the couch and follow-up regularly to ensure you are not slacking. Being held accountable will give you that extra push on days when you don’t feel like following through with your plan.
Of course, if you get all the accountability you need from those DVDs collecting dust on your TV stand, feel free to ignore this. Sarcasm intended.
As I mentioned above, you call the doctor or a specialist to receive expert help when needed. Naturally, we can’t be an expert in EVERYTHING (even though that’s what I tell my kids all the time). We thrive in areas we nurture and develop and we may have some knowledge in some things, but when it comes to technical details to a problem, we trust the expert to fix it for us. Why would this be any different with your physical fitness?
Trainers and coaches picked the human body as their field of expertise and we continuously develop our knowledge and skills so we can help you find the shortest route to achieving a leaner, stronger and healthier body.
When you’re working with a coach you basically have your own personal cheerleader who will do everything and anything to get you closer to your fitness goals. That support may mean virtually holding your hand while you’re shopping for groceries, personally messaging you regularly to see if you understand your daily tasks, following-up on your challenges and providing the shoulder to lean on when it comes to letting the worries out.
Besides all of the above I also believe it’s important to choose a coach who can relate to your situation, have been where you are now or simply has amazing empathy skills. I did just that when it was time to pull in an expert. Since then I have dedicated my own life to learning, improving, training and coaching like-minded women like you who need to be understood, empowered, supported and encouraged while providing them with an expert service that will make the fitness journey shorter, the workouts efficient and lifestyle habits suited for your unique needs.
Feel free to check out the Success Stories of my clients for some inspiration.
Before you go, ask yourself this question...ARE YOU TIRED OF GOING IT ALONE?
If so, then it's time for you to go to the Next Level. It's your first step in taking back control of your fitness goals. I like to think of it as dipping your toe in the water to see what working with a coach is all about.
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I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.