Six Things You Should Be Telling Your Fitness Coach
At Results Only we always want our clients to feel as if they can tell us anything. Well not your priest or hair dresser anything. Think more like the type of things that will help you and your body succeed “things’.
Good communication is a key factor in being successful in many aspects of life. From your career to your personal relationships, knowing what to say and what to ask can mean the difference between victory and defeat. With that in mind, it’s important to keep communication lines open and clear with your fitness coach.
So, to help you get started, here are three things you should be telling your coach.
- “I feel _______ today.”
Telling your coach how you’re feeling before each workout can have a huge impact on the intensity of your workout, the intensity of the coaching, and the overall effectiveness of your session. The more your coach knows, the better he or she can assess what’s best for you that day and adjust accordingly. If you come in all fired up, they should know. Exhausted after a long hard day? They should know that too. Just make sure you LISTEN to what they recommend, you’ll get better results that way!
- “I would like to start training for__________.”
Decided to enroll in a half marathon? Going for a hike this weekend? A bike ride? Getting prepped for the NFL combine? Again, this is all about data. Coaches love that sort of stuff! The more data they have, the better they can adjust each session (if only a little) to accommodate what you want to accomplish. Don’t just think of your coaches as general fitness instructors. The best coaches, like the ones at Results Only, can actually help you prep for specific events or help you “dial it in” to look your best at weddings, parties, and family get-togethers.
- “I struggled with/succeeded in ________ this week.”
Some weeks just aren’t awesome. Long days at work, needy family, getting over a cold, shoot, even bad traffic on your commute can throw a wrench in your fitness routine. Your coach should know. It may mean a little extra time spent on your warm up or some TLC with a foam roller. The bottom line is, your coach can help get tension out of those muscles and stress out of your body. The best coaches can even help with your mindset and get you back on track to feeling and thinking great.
Of course, some weeks ARE awesome. Your nutrition is on point, you’ve been consistent with your workouts; you’re ON FIRE! Your coach should know this too. Give them a chance to stoke the flames and take you beyond what you thought was possible. This could be a goal shattering moment!
Get the picture? TALK TO YOUR COACH! It will improve your session, your day, even the rest of the week; and ultimately lead to faster and more profound success!
- “Am I taking the right supplements to support my goals?”
sup·ple·ment- noun- /ˈsəpləmənt/ “something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.”
Supplements do exactly as they are described. They complete and/or enhance your fitness routine. The right supplement for the right goal can accelerate your results dramatically. Want to be lean and sexy, move without pain, get “jacked” or perform like an athlete? There is a myriad of supplements that can help. Your coach can help you to sort out which supplements are right for your goals. Hey, Results Only members don’t forget to ask your coach what you should be adding to your post workout shake. It’s one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting the supplements you need!
- What’s the right workout schedule for my goals?
Pick up any magazine and the cover will say
“All you need is 8 minutes a day!” –
Or “If you really want results, 7 days a week 3 hours a day, all cardio, all day long!” or
Or “weight lifting makes people big”
There is so much conflicting information out there, it’s easy to get confused! Don’t sweat it…it’s not your fault. The REAL answer is easy…it depends. An effective training schedule has many variables. Personal schedule, goals, capability, injury programming, all of these can have an impact on how often you should be training and what you should be doing each day you do train. Don’t guess on this one, you could be overtraining and ruining your results, or not putting in enough effort to make a change. Guess who the perfect person to ask is? Your coach! With their years of experience with a variety of clients, and multitudes of certifications, your coach can help you find a practical and effective training schedule.
- Can you help me find the biggest obstacle in the way of my goals?
This questions ties in with #2 quite nicely. The world of fitness has so much information that trying to absorb it all at once would be like pouring a gallon of milk into a shot glass. It’s important to have an expert tell you what to sip and when to sip it. They can help you decide what changes you need to make first and what challenges can be put aside until you’re ready to tackle them. Opening this door will also give your coach the chance to ask specific questions. They can help sort out nutrition, sleep pattern, stress load, and other factors that can keep you from achieving what you truly desire.
All in all, the big secret to success is good, honest communication. Make sure you take the time to truly check in with your coach, and if you’re lucky enough to be a member of Results Only, you have a team of coaches anxious to listen to what you have to say, who pay attention to what you need to give you the help you deserve.