What to Look for When Looking for a Fitness Coach

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There are many reasons someone might be looking for a fitness coach. One could be that they don’t have the knowledge to put together a program to help them reach their goals, nor do they know how to properly exercise and need some guidance. Others might have gotten as far as they can by themselves and now want someone to push them to the next level. Then you have those who just need someone to hold their hand and keep them accountable. Whatever the reason, there are certain things you should look for when looking for a fitness coach. You are essentially making an investment into your own personal health. Therefore, we want to give you some things you should definitely take into consideration during your search. Here are four of them.

1. Qualifications

We hate to say it, but these days everyone who competes in fitness competitions thinks they can call themselves a fitness coach simply based off of their looks – sorry, it doesn’t work that way. The business and liability side of fitness coaching as well as getting people in shape (safely) goes way deeper than that. Yet, gyms hire competitors (for reasons we’ll never understand) without any qualifications. Always make sure the coach you are considering has a certification and/or a college degree in kinesiology. If they aren’t certified, keep looking.

2. Comfort Level

If you are looking for someone who has empathy and will guide you, the last thing you want when looking for a fitness coach is a drill sergeant. They will be in your face, sometimes yelling and screaming, and simply the model of a fitness coach you are not looking for. You want to be extremely comfortable with your fitness coach. If you’re a female, you might not be comfortable with a male coach or vice versa. You don’t want to dread going to the gym or interacting remotely with your coach. So, make sure it’s someone you are ok working with since you’re going to connect with them regularly.

3. Specialization

If you are looking to drop body fat, would you want to go to a fitness coach who trains strongmen competitors? Or, if you are a male looking to get into bodybuilding, would you train with someone who specializes in geriatric group classes? Probably not, right? When looking for a fitness coach, vet each coach and make sure they specialize in what you are looking to accomplish. Ask for testimonials or credentials that show their specialization.

4. Availability

When you are looking for a fitness coach, you need to consider your availability and theirs. Don’t hire a coach if the time you meet isn’t really conducive to your schedule. For instance, if you are not a morning person, and they want to meet at 5am each morning, do you really think you’re going to want to get out of bed that early if it’s not something you do regularly? Maybe over lunch or after work/at night would be a better time for you? Make sure your calendar and their calendar are synced and that you can schedule a time that makes the most sense based on both of your schedules.