Have you not been able to achieve your health and fitness goals? Or have you been training for some time and hit a plateau? If you answered yes, consider getting a coach. There will be a point where you've gained a certain level of knowledge towards a goal, but still miss the target. That is where a coach comes in.
Here are 3 reasons why I have one and you should too.
1: A coach will assess where you are at, and point you in the right direction. It depends on your goals. A good coach will make sure you are ready for exercise. They will spot weaknesses, imbalances and strengths and then help formulate the right plan to get you where you want to be. For example, I love teaching the kettlebell swing. It's a simple movement, but not always easy. At Wah Lum FIT, we base correctives on the individual client. What works for one, won't work for all. Below is a video with some swing basics. This could be just what you need to clean up your kettlebell swing technique or a waste of time if you already meet certain movement prerequisites.
2: A coach will hold you accountable. This may be the best reason to work with a coach. Having someone hold you accountable makes it much more likely for you to follow through. Having to report back what you've done or haven't done will keep you consistent. Your coach will also help establish the right mindset to help move you to the next level.
3: A coach will share a lot of the unwritten rules. I was having a conversation with my friend Bob Elder. He is an expert in Japanese Swordsmanship and I said something about the surplus of experts on "You-Tube University." He replied, "You can learn a lot online, or you can go learn from an expert in person and they may save you 20 years of frustration." When trying to learn how to use really sharp Japanese swords, it sure can be frustrating every time you cut yourself.
Sometimes it may be that you don't even want a coach. You just want better training or better education. What is the best format for this? Books, videos and podcasts are a great choice, but a coach is the best option because of the reasons stated above. Most people want justification to continue doing what they have been doing. A good coach won't let you hide behind excuses! They will give the gentle (or maybe not so gentle) nudge needed to started. A coach's job is to make you do what you need to do not what you like to do. Ask yourself if you need help and then be humble enough to go get it. Or when playing with swords, make sure to have plenty band-aids.