Being a Coach is more than being a PT. It takes more than just a Cert III and IV and turning in to a glorified rep counter. It takes continual drive, further education and a client first approach to ensure you’re actually making an impact.
Anyone can make someone sweat. Anyone can write a generic weight program. Anyone can play the tyrant that so often Personal Trainers get labelled as. Our industry is full of mediocre PT’s who rock up, count reps, make shit up based on what equipment is free, pocket the cash and say see you next week.
It takes more to be labeled as a coach. The question that needs to be asked, is how much value are you adding to someone’s life? This goes beyond the session itself.
Are you able to educate them first and foremost. If you’re not educating them, you are not a coach. Education leads to understanding, which leads to adherence, which leads to habit and lifestyle changes, which leads to results.
Are you actually working out strategies for them and only them. For what fits their lifestyle and not what will make you the most money in the shortest amount of time.
Are you continually up skilling to ensure you’re on top of the latest research and methods to help you add more value to your service as well as dispelling all the bullshit that swirls around social media, sending people down the wrong and harmful path.
These things are only scratching the surface of what this profession means and what the difference is between a PT and a coach.
Don’t be a rep counter. Enrich people’s lives, educate them, make them feel amazing, make them feel confident, get them results and create unbreakable life changing habits for them off the back of your own drive and desire to better yourself. The flow on effect is real!
Shout out to a few local coaches I know or follow who are the epitome of this and show it on a daily basis with their actions and results!