As an athlete myself, I know and value the role coaches can support our lives. And now as a coach myself over the last 10 years I have a positive bias towards that.
Here are four reasons I feel each and every one of us should have coaches in our lives.
#1 – For Their Expertise
The most obvious reason to seek out a coach is to find someone who is an expert in his or her field.
Even with the suspect of internet information overload nowadays, no one knows everything. And that’s the worse place to seek information along with youtube videos.
As a coach, I expect myself to be an expert in the world of coaching.
But on the other hand, I’m also a business owner, which leads to an entirely different set of skills I need to develop.
However, I outsource a lot of the business side of things because my skill is in coaching…not business.
The same could be said for your training.
So here’s something to consider: If you found someone who was a better coach than you are right now, and hired them to write your programming, how much could you fast-track your skills as a coach?
It’s definitely something to think about.
#2 – To Increase Accountability
You are instantly more accountable.
I’ve coached athletes for over 15 years now, and I’ve written more programs than I care to remember.
But when I write my own program? It’s like the laws of biomechaincs and physiology change.
Just because I know what a certain exercise or modality is supposed to do, I can rationalize a reason for myself not to do it.
It’s a well known fact, but the bulk of your success when it comes to training (and life) is simply showing up and putting in the work.
A coach, then, is essentially a way to “buy” accountability. If you write a program for yourself, or simply take one off the Internet, there’s no accountability built in.
But if you take some of your hard earned cash and actually hire the services of a coach, you’re immediately more likely to stay true to the program and put in the work.
#3 – To Provide Objectivity
Let’s be real here – it’s very easy to lose objectivity when it comes to your own training.
Again, I can use myself as an example: I’ve trained myself so long, and can get so stuck in my own head, that it limits my ability to program effectively for myself.
Here are some questions we should ask whenever we design a program:
What are this athletes goals?
What are their needs, both with regards to movement quality and capacity?
What do they need in the short term? What do they need in the long term?
Chances are if you’ve been training yourself for any extended period of time, your answers to these questions are not nearly as clear as they should be.
Or even worse, you’re stuck in the same rut, doing the same things month after month, year after year.
This is another great time to hire a professional. A quality coach can give you objective feedback on where you’re starting at, and what you need to do to get going in the right direction.
#4 – To Lighten the Load
With all the daily stuff to do inside and outside the gym…lives with family, job, kids activities, whatever … the answer is Easy – get a coach to lighten the load.
When life deals you a chaotic schedule it’s hard to manage time and your training roadmap hiring a coach to take some of that burden and stress off you would be a solid decision.
I think if you’re serious about achieving goals in your life, you should heavily consider hiring a coach to help you get there.