I want to talk about what you look for in a coach. I want to explain where I've gone wrong over the years - on everything from working with a coach to buying running shoes. But before I do, let me explain why this article is important to read...
It often feels, as a PT, that my options are limited in terms of how I should look and what I offer. Fundamentally, there's an assumption that your PT should be ripped, or muscley, or super athletic.... I get why - we should be aspirational. However, it's worth asking, do you want to look like that? Or rather, do you think it's realistic that you look like that?
For sure, practically anyone can get into incredible shape - 6 pack, pecks, boulder shoulders - but for most people, the goal isn't quite that extreme. For most people, a bit more muscle definition and a little less body fat is all they want or need. I guess what I'm saying is that if you wanted to learn about physics you probably wouldn't want or need someone like Albert Einstein teaching you. Someone at that level is so incredible advanced that you're not really using them to their full potential, more just scratching the surface. Moreover, you absolutely don't need someone who sits at the absolute peak of physics for you to learn about it to a basic or intermediate level.
Ok enough about physics, but what I'm saying is that by looking for a coach that exists at the peak of their respective field you're essentially taking what is a recreational interest in health and wellness to the Nth degree... You don't need Dwayne Johnston; you need someone that relates to you, that listens to you and can work with you to achieve change.
This is something I've done many times before - for example, when I bought running shoes last year, I spent twice as much as I needed to. I bought the ones that athletes wear instead of the ones that guys running 10km once a week wear.
The lesson? Find a PT that you can relate to. And that probably isn't Dwayne Jonston.