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Why do I need a coach?

March 21, 2010

I’ve been thinking about the benefits of having a coach vs. self programing.  Over the past few months I have started to coach a few athletes and have seen the benefits of them getting out of their heads.  While the majority of the workouts you do with me are running, I would like to share some of my thoughts about why having a coach/trainer are beneficial.

#1 Motivation:  Self programming can mean that only you know what you are supposed to do.  You know you need to do certain things, but usually you will procrastinate long enough that you won’t be able to put the proper amount of effort into your workout.  If you miss something, don’t put up the weights you originally planned to, hit the distances or time you intended, you can simply modify the program mid-way thru the workout or even rationalize and excuse your performance.

#2 Accountability:  This, hand in hand with motivation, are probably the two largest contributors to your success and progression. When you write your own program, you are more likely to either make it to easy, slant it to the things you like to do most, or flat out not do everything you set out to do.  For example if i were to program 4 rounds of a half mile run, and only got 2 rounds done and then i felt tired, i might just move on to something else.  For some of us the internal motivation may carry us through, but almost guaranteed you will not do that again if you didn’t like it.

#3  No outside perspective:  As athletes or even weekend warriors, to our detriment we get focused in on what we need to improve on and most likely have a hard time seeing the big picture.  I believe that when we analyze our own performance, we often see what we want to see, however when someone else looks at you and your performance, you can’t really mask anything.  This is especially important when things like form and function come into play.

#4 Outside Expectations:  When someone else believes in you and knows you can accomplish something, you will try harder to make it happen!  Over the past few months as I have had the opportunity to work one-on-one and in small groups, I have seen the improvements you’ve made and I’ve witnessed you trying harder when I’m watching.  Many of you have accomplished things that when we started you never thought you could do.

Bottom line, find someone you trust to work with.  Let them help you, tell them what you need, be honest and open and take your fitness to the next level with a coach or trainer that cares!

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  1. Ashton permalink
    March 21, 2010 12:18 pm

    I completely agree… I have only been working with you for a few weeks, but it is so motivating to come and have someone to help me get better, and push me when I think I can’t push anymore! Thanks for everything Paul!!

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