Have you asked yourself this question before? You should. It’s important to know the nature of the individual(s) who you train with.
Recently (twice in the past 8 months) I have been on the ‘trainee/athlete’ side of the equation which got me thinking about this topic. First off, before snowboard season began last year, I wanted a new perspective for my pre-season conditioning. Second, I was looking for expert feedback in creating the first portion of my off-season training that started in April, where I’d be focusing on gaining size and strength (a phase I’m currently working through). The bottom line with both these training goals was that I didn’t want to create another program for myself and I didn’t want to use an old one (even if it was an effective routine).
The old saying that a person legally representing themselves in court has an idiot for counsel came to mind (not that I’m an idiot) but it occurred to me that more experienced coaches than I were letting colleagues develop training programs for them, so why shouldn’t I do that? I also might be able to learn something new in the process.
“Coaching” Characteristics to Avoid (Red Flags):
- Trainer talking on phone/texting during training session
- A coach who does not ‘walk the walk’
- A trainer who tries to squeeze me into their template (does not consider my specific sports needs and goals)
- A coach who just looks at training people as a way to make money vs. being an interested partner in clients' physical efforts and progress
- Has no concern for your exercise form
- A trainer who expects you to know how to do everything (even if it’s your first time with it) and doesn’t explain/demonstrate the movements (no learning)