I wonder how many competitors have a coach these days? What do you think? 90%? When I first started out, it was more like 50%... or less... 🤔
I did my own prep until I turned pro in 2016. Now, I have a coach, and I am a coach. I think there’s a time and a place for a coach, but I don’t think everyone needs one or should have one, especially starting out. Here’s some of my Pros and Cons of a competition prep coach...
- Accountability. Number ☝️ for sure! Simply reporting to someone on a regular basis can keep you consistent. - Knowledge. The basics of losing fat while maintaining muscle are fairly easy to learn, but some competitor’s body’s are a little trickier to figure out. Having an educated coach can help fill in the gaps of your own knowledge. And/or maybe confirm something you may have already been thinking of implementing. - A set of Outside Eyes. It becomes very challenging to assess your own progress. And the closer to the show, the harder it becomes. Most competitors have some form of body dysmorphia. - Feeling like you’re a part of something. Even if your coach doesn’t have a team, it helps not being “in it alone.”
- Minimize the over-thinking, especially during the last week. There’s so many crazy “peak week” strategies out there, it’s super easy to get caught up and think you need to implement one! For me, it helped tremendously having someone there telling me to just keep at my normal nutrition and training program all the way til the end and let my hard work shine through. - You want to impress your coach, and you push yourself beyond what you thought you could do.
- It can take a lot of the responsibility off of you... NOT a good thing! It’s your body! Ultimately YOUR decision, YOUR responsibility. - Many programs can be cookie cutter, which isn’t necessarily a horrible thing at first, but if it isn’t working for you and the communication isn’t there, it can lead to trouble down the road. - Cost. It ain’t cheap! You gotta decide if it’s the right time for you and this added expense.
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