In an industry riddled with hearsay, speculation and ‘cowboy’ coaches. Here are a few things you should be looking for when it comes to a coach.
If your coach isn’t seeing you in person, they should be seeing pictures of you at the very least.
They should receive logs of your current training and diet prior to ANY changes or alterations being made.
This should be followed up with further ongoing logs.
Your coach should be enquiring about your history, encompassing relevant physical, training and dietary habits for as far back as you can go.
They should be aware of supplements, medication and anything else you may be consuming and considering it and it’s influences.
Your coach should know what you do for a living and how your average day is.
Your coach should be prompting timescales (that are not generic) and the feasibility of your goals. This should be concluded with an honest verdict based on the coaches current knowledge and skills.
Any coach that takes a 2 minute look at you with no knowledge of history CANNOT determine how ‘long’ this will take.
People do not fit into timelines…..timelines fit into people so quit with telling everyone they need 12 or 16 weeks generically.
This should also be cross correlated with not only your goals in mind but with VERY serious consideration for long term aspects and influences this approach and timescale may have on ongoing behaviours, habits and eating patterns.
Good coaches do ALL of this and KNOWS how valuable all of the information that comes from it is.
They know the right questions to ask and correct follow ups to those questions. They understand when to outsource and what is within their own skill set.