One of the best decisions I could have ever made was hiring a coach after placing 13th at my first Nationals…
Being a personal trainer and figure coach, I spent an enormous amount of time helping other athletes–so my own training had begun falling short. Having a coach allowed me to focus on getting the work done vs. creating the path.
AND the coaching relationship accountability was the key to me going pro!
Whether you are looking for a figure coach or currently have one…
Here are 3 signs you DON’T want to ignore:
1. They don’t take any initial or ongoing assessments. The first step in the
coaching relationship is to take some initial information about you. IF you have
paid for a coach to work with you and all they did was send you out the printed
program, this should raise a huge red flag!
A quick questionnaire about your current health & fitness level should be completed
prior as part of the the process and photo included for assessment. I also provide
a complimentary phone call before I begin working with a client.
2. They ask you to do things that are not healthy or safe. I want to share a quick
excerpt from a Facebook message I received from a prospective client about her
nightmare experience with a coach. It’s heart wrenching and speaks for itself :-/
“The trainer had me on 2 hours of cardio a day (sometimes I did this sometimes
I didn’t because I didn’t have the energy), no more than 1000 calories a day and
a diet of only chicken and broccoli, then fish and grapefruit and spirulina…Some
of my teammates were only on spirulina water and a grapefruit a day. I trained
for over 6 months, while I lost some weight–I don’t think I gained muscle, gained
the weight back, lost a love for working out, and had to deal with a host of
psychological issues. My trainer would constantly give negative motivation
pointing out the fat in my stomach, saying I wasn’t losing enough (even though
I was losing 1-3 lbs a week) put me on a fruit only fast…”
A fruit fast???
Bottom line, listen to your gut instincts. If it doesn’t sound right to you, ask questions.
You should be able to trust your coach and the information that is given to you.
3. They don’t respond to your emails or calls. As part of your program, there should
be scheduled calls and/or emails weekly to track your progress and ensure you are
making the right adjustments. If you can’t get your coach to answer your questions or
give productive feedback, there is no way you will end up with a stage ready body!
I’ve been been blessed to work with some of the best coaches in the industry and help
hundreds of women realize their dreams of winning figure competitions. I hope these
tips help you choose the best coach for your needs.
If you’d like me to help you prep for a show, my coaching calendar is now open
for new clients. I’d love to help you! Reserve your prep now 🙂