When I let my students know that I also have a trainer, they often react with surprise. And I am often asked something along the lines of “but can’t you train yourself?” Whilst this can hold true to some sense, the main reasons why I don’t tend to do this are as follows:
Having someone else review your movement patterns can help you avoid injury, temper your ego (for example pushing beyond your skill level) or boost your confidence (say when learning something nerve wracking like the handstand).
I personally find that the main benefit is injury avoidance and greater skill acquisition, as a good coach can help you hone in on the key points for each new movement pattern.
2. Purpose, structure, motivation.
This is a huge topic. But in short a coach helps you create a structure for each of your priorities, and helps you refocus and maintain discipline so you are not reliant on motivation.
In my experience as both a coach and a student, having someone else design a structure around my priorities helps prevent me from solely focusing on my strength’s and creates a clear path to develop my weaknesses.
Do you change through pain or inspiration? Quality coaching should inspire, fortunately the coaches I work with embody the values of consistent action, dedication to their craft, movement diversity and creating strong, intelligent and capable bodies.
This has helped me to create diverse, bespoke and rewarding programs for clients who come to me as beginners, professional athletes or with physical impairments.
My coaches are Joseph Bartz and Sam Tyson; look out for my next blog about these two inspiring and enlightening individuals.
Founder and Trainer at Fitness Renaissance.