Q: Which fitness coach/personal trainer should I train with? -John
A: We started AskFitnessCoach to help people get educated about losing weight and getting fit. The challenge for the consumer trying to find a weight loss solution is that there are so many voices giving drastically different advice. Many of these voices have been created just to sell a product or service, with no regard for what the consequence is to the end user. Our goal is to help you find the right voices to listen to. That will allow you to break through the clutter and get reliable, experienced help with your questions. We want you to be able to make wise decisions about your health and wellness. Many of you will decide to try a product or work with a fitness coach, and we want to help you make the best choice possible.
A fitness coach can be a key component in accomplishing your goals, but there are certain steps you should take to find one who is qualified. The first step when hiring a fitness coach/personal trainer is to make sure they have experience helping people with goals like yours. And do they have a sound program to follow? A sound fitness program should include nutrition counseling and planning, strength training and cardio.
The nutrition program should teach you basic tenets that you should follow regardless of whether you are trying to lose weight or just maintain your health. The key to nutrition during a weight loss phase is eating less than you’re burning, but the food should provide ample nutrition. No grapefruit and carrot only diets or cleanses. We have outlined other key nutrition component throughout this site.
The strength training program should include vital components like foam rolling, active stretching, pre-hab, weight lifting and core strengthening. Most likely you aren’t seeking a coach or trainer to turn you into a body builder, so make sure they aren’t doing body building workouts. Every good trainer will help you increase flexibility and stability, and master basic movement patterns to prevent injury.
The cardio program should develop all the energy systems. Once you are firmly entrenched in the program, you should be doing intervals most days.
Fitness coaching and personal training have become fad industries over the past few years. Everyone wants to be a trainer and thinks that, after some personal success, they can teach other people how to get fit. The problem is that coaching and training involve a lot more than just showing up at the gym and telling people what to do. Some coaches have spent years researching how to train the body and get maximum results with nutrition and exercise. Good coaches have spent many hours with clients keeping them accountable. Some kid with an online certification probably isn’t going to get the job done. It’s your money and your effort, so be selective. Learn the keys to weight loss and fitness the first time and you will enjoy results for the rest of your life.