The problem is, you don’t know what you don’t know! So it can be hard to identify if your coach is telling the truth and/or coaching exercises and techniques correctly and effectively. You should ask your coach questions if you don't understand and be sure to say, if things are too complicated. However, there are some telltale signs that your coach doesn't value you, your goal, your time or your money - Here are a few things that you can look out for.
1. A COACH SHOULD ALWAYS BE ON TIME
If you are often waiting for your coach and the session begins after the agreed time through no fault of your own - that is not a good sign. You are paying for their 1:1 service - they can't provide it if they aren't there. They could be ultra knowledgeable, but if they are unreliable - you will never get the most of that knowledge.
2. NO MOBILE PHONES
It would seem obvious that a coach should not be texting during your session. That been said, I have seen it happen countless times (though never at the gyms we currently coach in). A coach should have their attention on you. Don't be afraid to slap their phone out of their hand! As a coach that uses an iPad to log clients workouts I'm extremely conscious to have any additional features switched off!
3. NO SITTING DOWN
I hate seeing coaches slumping around and parking their arses! It looks lazy! Standing and squatting down/taking a knee should not be a hard task, even for multiple hours.
4. THEY SHOULD HAVE A PLAN
You can walk in a gym and select your exercises at random - don’t pay someone to do it for you. Sometimes, they may have to adapt (when the gym is busy and equipment is unavailable) but this should only really become a change in exercise order or performing an alternative/variation of the exercise.)
If these issues raise suspicion with your coach. Have a chat with them and outline your concerns/expectations.
Now that we are in the process of hiring personal trainers to work in The Cave, we have some basic rules and guidelines for coaches that venture beyond their knowledge of training and nutrition. They are just fundamental factors that every coach must adhere to at all times to be even close to fulfilling a service worth peoples time and money.
All BearWolf coaches are punctual, attentive, active and organised. We need to be, and we want to be.
Basic elements that many don't apply! Demand a higher standard!