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Picture“The only place success comes before hard work is in the dictionary.” Vince Lombardi

We have been exploring the  3 C’s of great fitness

  1. Challenge
  2. Coaching
  3. Consistency

In the previous Blog we explored Challenge. This time –

Coaching
You may not know this, but when I started running 614Fitness fulltime (almost 2 years ago now) I began working with a fitness business coach. I felt I needed someone with the knowledge and expertise to guide me toward success in running a business in this crowded, complex fitness industry.
I have a Masters Degree in business and have had several successful careers. I could have thought: “I am smart, confident and competent! I got this!”

But getting started right and doing the right thing was important to me.

I met weekly with my “coach” and we developed strategic plans and goals, implemented our strategies and then held me accountable for the results.

Then a funny thing happened…

I was so busy with the business of the business, I stopped working out. So what did I do? I hired a coach.
Now my personal trainer (Elicia) kicks my butt, challenges me to push my limits and keeps me accountable to my weekly routine.

This got me thinking… to make improvements, to grow and excel, we all need a good coach!

When it comes to our physical fitness and health, many people try to do it on their own and, grant it, a few are successful at going it alone.
But most are not.
Think about it:
Most of us take our car to a mechanic…
… our fur babies to a vet…
… our clothes to a dry cleaner…
… our hair to a stylist…
But when it comes to our own health and fitness, we think we can go it alone.

Big mistake!

Here are six reasons that coaching will make a huge impact on your health and fitness:

1. Looking in the mirror
Most of us, when we look in the mirror see only one side of the picture … the front. The same thing happens when we lift or engage in demanding physical activities. We often can’t see what our bodies are really doing. Expert coaching can look at, evaluate and correct those blind spots to make our workouts safer and more effective.

2. Expert instruction
A good coach will formulate a comprehensive workout plan by ascertaining your goals, availability and health history. If you have a medical condition or any other limitation (such as chronic back pain), a coach can recognize the deficiency and design a customized regimen that suits your needs and abilities.
If you’re a beginner, a coach will provide valuable instruction on how to perform specific exercises, engage with proper form and use the equipment correctly and safely.

3. Challenge and Motivation (and Dare We Say FUN?)
As we noted in last week’s article, most of us simply do not push ourselves hard enough in the gym. I know I don’t. But a good coach will use just the right amount of support and brutal honesty to get us out of that comfort zone. After we have worked out for a while, we all feel discouraged at times while at the gym. Your coach knows how to motivate you to get the most out of your workouts. That support can encourage you to push past those self-imposed limits and challenge you more than you could alone.

And FUN!
A good fitness regimen needs variety. Coaching will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge both your body and mind. You’ll enjoy having new exercises and endless variety as part of your program.

4. Accountability
When you exercise on your own, it’s easy to skip a session here and there or fall off the wagon completely. A coach will keep you accountable, urging you to stick with your program. The support you receive may also include a review of your diet and an update on your fitness and/or weight-loss progress.

5. Plateau-busting advice
Plateaus are an almost unavoidable part of a fitness journey as your body falls into a comfort zone from doing the same exercises day after day. If your weight-loss progress has stalled and you’re not seeing any results, coaching can help you break out of a rut. They will mix up your routine to propel you through those obstacles or plateaus.

6. Efficiency
Your coach will implement a fitness plan to help you maximize results in minimum time, increasing the efficiency of your exercise program. This is especially beneficial if you have limited time to exercise. You’ll focus on results and proper techniques, and not waste your time and energy doing ineffective workouts.

<< Test First Name >>, Your health and fitness is important, at least as important as covering that gray hair, getting a little trim off the top or getting your nails done.
Getting good coaching, whether one-on-one or in a small group setting, will pay huge dividends in creating and building the great fitness you deserve and desire.

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