What are the benefits of a coach?
Nowadays you can search anything on the internet, but without a solid foundation of knowledge, it’s incredibly hard to know what is good information.
How many calories should you eat? How should you distribute them? How much training volume should you do? Are you doing too much or too little? How should you periodize your training?
These questions aren’t easy to answer unless you have experience and knowledge, and searching online will give you countless contradictory answers. A good coach will skip all the misinformation and give you exactly what you need and when you need it.
Most people fail because they simply stop doing what’s necessary to produce the result they want, even if they know what they should do.
When you’re doing something on your own, it’s hard to keep yourself accountable. If you have someone watching for you, you now feel responsible for your own actions. You know someone cares about your progress and wants you to succeed, so you feel bad if you disappoint them. Accountability makes sure you stick to the plan and don’t sabotage yourself.
It’s hard to be objective about your training and dieting. This is one of the reasons why it’s common for coaches to also get coached by someone else. Even with all the knowledge and experience in the world, it’s difficult if not impossible to be objective about your own progress.
People often start over-analyzing everything, worrying about every little detail. If their weight isn’t going as it’s supposed to, they’re very inclined to change calories too soon, or if they miss a weight in their training, they immediately think something is wrong with their programming. They do this because they lack objectivity, they can’t look at themselves without their own bias. This is where a coach comes in: they can analyse your progress with detachment, avoiding unnecessary changes that can harm your long-term progress.
Motivation is essential but it’s also limited and temporary. What gets you going on the long-term is discipline and habit. Without it, people are doomed to fail. You can’t be motivated 24/7, it just won’t happen. Some days are just going to suck, no matter what. What makes you keep going on the long term, it’s not motivation, but habit. And where does habit come from? Doing what it takes, over and over again. And to do so, you need accountability.
Since someone is responsible for you, you’re more likely to stick to your plan, even if you hate everything and everyone in that specific day. Overtime, you build a habit of doing what you need to do. With or without a coach, it doesn’t matter. Even if you aren’t motivated or enthusiastic today, you did this 500 times, you will just do it one more without thinking too much about it. This is what gets results: consistency – over a very long period of time.