You’ve splashed out on your shiny new gym membership, scored yourself some new gear, and even some new kicks.
You’re ready to go! However, knowing what you want to achieve at the gym, and knowing how to achieve what you want are two hugely different things.
Not to worry, you’re paying your $15-$25 fee per week, so you’ll be able to ask one of the trainers you see cruising around the gym for some direction.
20mins later, armed with the knowledge that all your weekly fee gets you access to is the ability to pay upwards of $80 per hour for personal training to get some advice on achieving your goals, or you can hit the group classes…..with 50 other people.
You decide the internet will be your new personal trainer. You set out trying to find the program that suits you. You jump on T-Nation, Bodybuilding.com, or maybe Huffington Post has an article about weight/fat loss that you can follow.
You settle on a free 2 week program that promises to get you ab’s/help you lose 20kg’s/save the whales, and ensure world peace all in one hit! Three weeks later, you’ve been to the gym a couple of times and your new kicks look barely broken in.
But it doesn’t need to be that way!
A sign that your gym membership is working hard for you, is that you get coaching every time you visit the gym. The coach knows your name, maybe the name of your partner and even the names of your kids. They show an honest interest in you, and how you’re going before the class starts.
Once you get going, they make you aware they know your ankle is an issue for squatting, or your shoulders are super tight so overhead movements need a little more preparing for. They make sure you understand what they want you to achieve during the workout, and how it will help you achieve your goals.
Now you’re up to speed and the workout is in full. You hear a voice “Elbows up”, “Great work, keep your intensity up”! Next thing you know you’re high-fiving your coach as they celebrate your performance and you walk out with a big smile on your face!
Coaching isn’t hard to find – you just need to know where to look!
Have a great weekend Coach Paul