5 Reasons You Need a Coach
In OPEX Gyms every single client is matched with their own personal coach. Regardless of your starting point and your goals, the fastest way to achieve success is through personalized fitness. Yes, you join an OPEX Gym for the workouts, but more importantly, you do so for the coaching. Here are five reasons why having a coach is a gamechanger.
1) They balance your training with life
Here’s something the fitness industry doesn’t want you to know. Working out hard is not always the answer. There is only so much stress the body can take and you need the perfect balance of stress and rest to adapt and grow. Stress can come from working out, but it also comes from lifestyle, poor sleep, relationships, work, getting cut off in traffic, alcohol and junk food. A good coach will look at all the stressors in your life and give you the correct training dose based on your stress/rest balance. It’s important to have a trusted outside source to tell you when it’s time to push in the gym, and when it’s time to slow down, as it’s impossible to take an objective look at your own stress levels. They will also help you prevent burning the candle at both ends by teaching you how to minimize the lifestyle stressors that are in your control.
2) They hold you accountable
As you are learning new behaviors, such as establishing a regular workout schedule or eating five servings of vegetables every day, it is beneficial to have someone who is holding you accountable. A coach will track your progress and compliance to training and lifestyle prescriptions through the app TrueCoach, to add a layer of accountability until these behaviors become second nature.
We hit on this one on the blog last week, but it deserves repeating. A coach can help you not just workout, but connect to why you are working out. They do this through regular consultation and conversation that digs at the heart of why fitness is important to you. This is the number one factor in long-term success. If you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you will remain inspired and won’t throw in the towel when the going gets tough.
4) They balance challenge and support
A coach is there to give you a pep talk when you need to be built up and to provide high-fives and words of encouragement when you are successful. They are also there to give you honest feedback and a push if you’re not holding up your end of the deal. It’s what makes our coaches special. They are in it because they are passionate about changing lives through fitness. They aren’t cheerleaders–they’re going to tell you what you need to hear, even when it’s uncomfortable.
5) They are experts in fitness
At the end of the day, what is more important than your fitness? When you have a coach, you know you have a trusted source to ask any questions and to help guide you through the minefield of misinformation that exists around training and nutrition. Because they know you, your movement, lifestyle, training history and goals, they can provide you with answers and advice that are relevant to you. You expect professional and personalized prescriptions from your doctor to keep you healthy. Why should your fitness be any different?
An OPEX Coach will meet you where you’re at and give you what you need to find your fitness. Coaching inside of OPEX Gyms, they are part of a global movement to restore honor to the coaching profession. Find out how a coach can positively influence your health and fitness trajectory at an OPEX Gym near you.