People will say that there is an oversaturation in the health and wellness market. There are too many products and too many coaches. I disagree a little. Health and wellness is such a personal journey and many of us have tried numerous protein powders, sports bras, personal trainers, etc. Itâ€™s all about finding what works best for us. To start the journey and stay on the right path, we need to form a connection with not just ourselves, but a coach as well.
You may not go to a gym to workout with a trainer, but you most likely look up to someone in the industry and follow their advice whether youâ€™re conscious of it or not. Many of us need to consciously choose someone to keep us motivated and to teach us new things. Yes, even me. Iâ€™m a tough cookie when it comes to connecting with coaches. I want someone nurturing, but I also want someone that knows how to kick butt. Wipe the floor with me during boot camp and then give me a hug when itâ€™s all over! Hehe! I look for a coach that is not only going to change my body, but help me change my mind. So ask yourselfâ€¦ what do you need from a coach?
Coaching can happen via the Internet these days, but itâ€™s up to you to do the work. Here are some tips on how to pick a wellness coach thatâ€™s right for you!
- Do you need face-to-face time with someone? If youâ€™re in need of personal accountability, scour yelp or ask friends about trainers theyâ€™ve worked with and why they liked them. Donâ€™t get locked into one person though. Many trainers offer free or discounted first sessions, so test them out. Remember, itâ€™s about a connection. If you donâ€™t feel a spark with your coach, you probably wonâ€™t continue going to them.
- What do you need help with? Physical fitness, nutrition, or both? Always looks for someone who isnâ€™t a one-trick pony. All coaches has basic nutrition education, but if you need someone to tailor a meal plan to you, make sure youâ€™re finding a coach that can help you eat and workout!
- Are you #beastmode or are you #takeiteasy? So many times Iâ€™ve heard that trainers/coaches go way too hard on you the first time, but itâ€™s up to you to set boundaries to begin with. A coach is there to push you, but if you donâ€™t want to be pushed, you have to tell them. Make sure to ask your potential coach about their techniques.
- Wellness is mind, body, and spirit. Do you need a coach that has an inner hippie inside them? Someone that emotes love and gratitude? You might be laughing, but itâ€™s important that the vibe between you and your coach donâ€™t clash. If the energies donâ€™t match, the coaching becomes counterintuitive.
- Are you strong-willed enough to receive online coaching and put in the work? Weâ€™re all busy in this crazy world and sometimes itâ€™s nice to get an email with your workouts, meal plan, and motivation. You read it, do it, and achieve. Even though this type of coaching is digital, you still need a connection and understanding of the person trying to help you.Â Â If an email is all you need to be motived, then an online coach is right for you!