When I introduce myself as a fitness coach, people typically share the struggles they’ve had with losing weight and inquire about fees for personal training sessions. While I am confident in my ability to train one-on-one, I always share that personal training is not my passion. More often than not, the person’s response is “then…what DO you do?” It’s a fair question. Coaching is relatively new and if you don’t understand what it is you may think it isn’t for you. So let’s clarify shall we?!
In the end, personal trainers and fitness coaches have the same goal – to get their clients healthy and fit – but the approach is very different.
To sum it up succinctly:
A personal trainer is a fitness professional that specializes in exercise prescription and instruction.
Characteristics of a Fitness Trainer:
A coach with a fitness specialty focuses on needs exploration and problem solving.
Characteristics of a Fitness Coach:
To sum it up….
When You Would Benefit from Hiring a Personal Trainer:
If you are ready to start a fitness program and want a customized program that outlines how much you should exercise, how long you should workout, how often, how intensely, or what you should do (aerobic vs. weight training) OR you want to an expert to lead the workouts and push you throughout to give 100%.
When You Would Benefit from Hiring a Fitness Coach:
If you struggle with motivation and consistency and find developing a holistic action plan on your own overwhelming and demotivating. A coach can inspire change and help you navigate the difficult decisions to balance all the parts of your life in a way that moves you from existing to truly living.
So, how can I help you? Hiring a fitness coach could be a game changer for you!
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40-something who loves food, fitness, and fun!