During the early part of this week my girlfriend Annie and I spent some time at Cressey Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts. For those of you that don’t know, it is a facility owned and operated by Eric Cressey, Tony Gentilcore and Pete Dupuis. We had a great experience there, mainly because Eric, Tony and Pete are down to earth guys that know there stuff and are willing to help people as much as they can. They took the time to talk with us about business, training and let us in on all the shenanigans that take place at CP. Eric even took the time to take a look at Annie’s shoulder that she injured playing rugby in college. All in all, they are some legit guys.
Keeping on the theme of being legit; Tony, Annie and I were having a conversation yesterday that took the inevitable turn towards coaching and training. Throughout the conversation there was one resounding theme that pissed all three of us off: trainers that just collect money from their clients without actually doing any coaching! Talk about un-legit!
On the drive back to New York from Boston, as well as this morning while I was scrambling up some eggs, I was thinking about what would help a potential client identify a trainer that is worth spending the money on – a trainer that is legit and gets results. Despite the fact that they need to be knowledgable and actually understand what the exercises they prescribe are designed for, there is one over-arching skill that a great trainer needs to have. That is the ability to coach.
Coaching implies that someone is receiving an education; that they are being skills and tools, rather than being strung along for financial purposes. If you are client of a personal trainer, think about your programming and the time that you’ve spent with your trainer. Have you learned anything? Do you feel confident that you could perform the exercises in your program by yourself? Has your trainer helped you to understand why your program is designed the way that it is? If you can’t answer yes to any of these questions, or aren’t on the path to being able to answer yes, it’s time to find a new trainer.
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