As with most things in life you get what you pay for, that will definitely ring true when choosing a trainer or coach for any type of sport or activity. In regards to competing, it is so important to check into all the details before hiring a trainer and even asking for recommendations is a good idea. Below are some of the top reasons why the investment is worth it.
Every person is built different and bodies react differently, so what you don’t want is a cookie cutter process, meaning the same diet and workouts for weeks on end. Our bodies need changes to bust through plateaus, so it’s important to have a coach/trainer that is willing to change things up a bit for you.
Finding a coach/trainer that offers multiple services is great for many reasons. Upfront the cost of a good trainer may be expensive, but it goes back to the details what do they offer? For example a coach that offers training, diet, post-show advice, posing lessons, all the details to get ready for a competition, and a few other additional bonuses that come with being on a team is well worth the money.
This is important because let’s say you pay multiple parties to do certain things to prep you for whatever sport or event, it can be frustrating and confusing. By choosing a trainer that does more than just nutrition or workouts for you, you can be sure that you will have balance in your prep and the convenience of it, is worth every penny.
If however you decide to hire multiple parties, it’s good to ask a lot of questions to make sure you aren’t damaging any area you are trying to improve upon ie: diet, strength, etc. The key is all the sources must line up to achieving your overall goal.
Look for someone who has your best interest at heart. My coach is Brandan Fokken, Bodybuilding.com athlete, owner of Fokken Strong Training, and a well-known individual in the fitness industry. He has always told me from the beginning that “life” and safety come first. Not only do I agree with that, but it also fits well with how I view life and the passions we live for; so it’s great to train with someone who wants the best for me.
I feel I am fortunate to have found a trainer who invests in me as much as I invest in him as a coach/trainer; and he looks out for me and my best interest. Brandan is not only a teammate, trainer and coach but he is also my friend, and I have trained under him since my very first competition. I did my research, asked the right questions, and made a good choice when choosing a trainer and I hope you do the same.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013