10 Things You Need To Know About Finding And Working With A Fitness Coach

5. What kinds of qualities should I look for in a fitness coach?

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A good coach or trainer should have both experience and solid academic and professional credentials. He or she should also regularly take continuing education (CE) credits to stay current in the field and keep their professional certification up to date.
Be sure that he or she has current liability insurance and is trained and certified in CPR.

5. What kinds of qualities should I look for in a fitness coach? (continued)

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A good fitness coach or trainer should be professional and courteous, with a pleasant personality and approachable as well as committed to keeping you motivated with meeting your goals. You should be comfortable asking him or her questions and getting clarification and assistance if you aren’t sure about or disagree with their instructions or methods.

6. What are some ‘red flags’ to avoid when looking for a fitness coach?

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If you feel that the coach is trying to ‘sell’ you on a particular program, especially if it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’, or you are being rushed into signing on with a particular individual or club, or the trainer gives advice that he or she isn’t qualified to offer, such as treating specific medical conditions, it’s time to back off.

7. What are the best ways to find a good fitness coach or trainer?

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Word of mouth recommendations from friends and others can be a one way to find a fitness coach. Many health clubs and gyms employ qualified trainers or coaches who are able to provide you with the guidance and motivation you need; these are often included in your membership dues. .A doctor of sports medicine or physical therapist can recommend qualified coaches or trainers, as most have good working relationships with qualified trainers or coaches with whom they’ve worked over time.

What are the best ways to find a good fitness coach or trainer? (continued)

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A doctor of sports medicine or physical therapist can recommend qualified coaches or trainers, as most have good working relationships with qualified trainers or coaches with whom they’ve worked over time. The ACSM, NSCA and other professional groups have lists of certified members – check their websites for more information.

8. I’m just starting an exercise program. How can a fitness coach help me?

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If you are new to the world of fitness, be aware that it encompasses more than just an exercise routine. A good trainer will consider all aspects your health and fitness, particularly if weight loss or other special concerns, such as managing diabetes, are involved. Some trainers work closely with doctors of sports medicine and/ or dieticians in determining which dietary changes may need to be implemented to help you achieve optimum fitness and wellness.

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He or she will also develop a realistic and achievable plan that can help you gradually become more active and fit while minimizing the chances of injury. Getting hurt early in the process can set your progress back by days or weeks, so a good trainer will usually take things slowly at first.

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If you are recovering from a serious accident or illness, your coach or trainer will usually work closely with a certified physical therapist as well as with your recommending physician to ensure that the exercises and other modalities are appropriate for your specific needs.

9. I’m already in pretty good shape and exercise regularly. Do I need to work with a fitness coach?

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If you are looking for more specific assistance with certain areas, such as strength or agility training, then a fitness coach can point you in the right direction with appropriate exercise recommendations and guidance. A trainer can help you stay motivated to push yourself to keep working out to stay fit.

10. What’s the difference between a fitness coach and a wellness coach?

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A wellness coach offers more specialized lifestyle help, such as in-depth nutritional knowledge, and is concerned with your day-to-day wellness.Unlike a fitness coach who may just help you work on the finer points of a golf swing or weightlifting, a wellness coach can help with safely losing weight, improving nutrition, guide you with setting career goals, quitting smoking or coping with stress.