Choosing a Coach can be a frustrating task...
Consider what makes a good coach (and they are few and far between). I am always surprised when people do not directly ask a coach/ trainer what qualifies them as an authority, but instead simply accept whatever is currently available. Your coach should have attained a high level of ability to do well in what they coach.
If you need someone to repair your pipes, would you trust the plumber or some guy who read a book about plumbing? These examples could go on and on, and I hope you get the point.
So how do you choose a coach?
- Consider real athletic results, not pieces of paper
- Consider who they have trained and what those people have done
- Become an informed consumer/athlete and understand if your potential coach is actually good, or simply better than you at the time
- Understand at some point, you may outgrow your current coach and need to move on.
- Do your homework and go in prepared with questions
When buying a car consumers are always somewhat prepared with a set of questions:
- How many miles?
- Any accidents?
- Any wiggle room on price?
- How many owners?
- What year/make?
- How is the gas mileage?
However, when we walk into a gym, we freeze and simply say "Okay, his shirt says coach. Where do I sign?"
The first interaction with a potential coach should go something like this:
- What is the number of athletes per class and coach?
- Is there enough equipment for each group?
- What are your field qualifications? Have you won anything or produced anyone who has?
- Are you National level in your sport?
- Do you offer anything that sets you apart from similar businesses and programs?
Always be aware that some people simply want your money and will pack you into a sardine can with 300 members sharing 30 bars. Always ask, "What have you done? Who have you produced?" I know this seems hard and callous, but you deserve better. Coaches should earn your admiration and money.
Beware of credentials that can be purchased, and coaches that have a long list of academic achievements but an empty trophy case.
//Coach Marcus Mucheck
Re-Post from Marcus' Blog.