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Trainer vs. Coach

While at home during this pandemic, you have three options in regards to exercise:

  1. Do-It-Yourself.

  2. Purchase Peloton and follow their online group classes led by a trainer (or any YouTube video).

  3. Hire a coach.

At RxFIT, we envision a world where you reach your fitness goals because you know exactly what to do and how to do it. Maybe you already know what to do – that lifting weights will actually prevent back pain or eating less sugar will help you drop the weight. Maybe you know how to do it – that activating your lats in a deadlift keeps your mid-back from rounding or preparing grocery lists beforehand prevents you from grabbing the Oreo’s. But our experience over the past five years has told us that few people have both: the what and the how to accomplish their goals.

Let’s go ahead and throw out option one. Doing it on your own will last for 10 days while you’re feeling motivated. Then, you’ll have a stressful day and end up skipping your workout. Then you’ll miss tomorrow’s workout. And then the next day… You know the story. It’s happened to you before too many times.

So you need a little bit of both. You need to know what weight lifting exercises will help your back pain, and then you need to know how to properly perform those movements. Or you need to know what sugars are the culprit behind most chronic diseases and how to prepare common foods without them.

RxFIT exists to deliver results. Plain and simple. And because we must deliver results, we have chosen to be in the business of coaching. We hire and develop coaches, not trainers. There’s a difference.

Trainers are good. Trainers are cheerleaders. They formally greet you with a “Welcome” when you show up. They clap their hands and yell good job in the middle of a long workout. They give good, general nutrition advice.

But coaches are better. Coaches are professional friends. They know your name and make an inside joke when you show up. They correct and explain why an internal rotation of your hip is causing knee pain and then text you that evening with a reminder to do your stretching. They personalize their nutrition advice to you based off of your past successes and failures.

Trainers train you once a day.

Coaches coach you all day.

Trainers review lesson plans for the class and think about how to make things fun for the group.

Coaches review academic studies for an individual and think about how they are going to get him/her better.

Can you see the difference?

Many of us have heard Greg Glassman’s famous quote: The needs of our grandparents and olympians differ by degree, not kind. One needs functional competence to stay out of the nursing home. The other one wants functional dominance to win medals.

We generally interpret this as why grandma needs to back squat in order to maintain her functional competence just like LeBron James needs to back squat in order to maintain his world dominance.

But, our grandparents and olympians also need a coach. This principle too differs by degree, not kind.

Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympic swimmer of all time, has had the same coach (Bob Bowman) since he was 10 years old. Bowman would pick up Phelps from his house in the mornings before practice and still eats dinner occasionally with his family.

Usain Bolt, the fastest sprinter of all time, has had the same coach (Glen Mills) since the early 2000’s. Mills would show up to Bolt’s house on the weekends and pull him out of bed for their training sessions after he was out late partying the night before.

The list goes on. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson. Derek Jeter and Joe Torre.

The unique thing about the greatest athlete-coach duos in sports history is that the athletes are also considered the greatest to ever play their sport: Phelps (Swimming), Bolt (Sprinting), Brady (Football), Jordan (Basketball), and Jeter (Baseball). Nowadays, it’s even hard just to think of one of these sports without also thinking of that athlete.

But the dozens of championships and medals achieved by these athletes wouldn’t have been attainable without their respective coaches. Emphasis given to the word coach because Bowman, Mills, Belichick, Jackson, and Torre certainly were not trainers.

And the great thing about all of this is that you’re not any different.

Sure, you can and probably will see results with a trainer. You hear the stories all the time from your friends at Orangetheory, F45, Barry’s Bootcamp, and the others.

But I contest that you won’t reach the goals that you really want without a coach.

Michael Phelps still would’ve been great at swimming without Bob Bowman.

Usain Bolt still would’ve been great at sprinting without Glen Mills.

But put the athlete together with the coach and what do you get?

We’re talking about championships. Not just one or two, but many. Championships that were sustained for entire decades.

For you, I’m talking about the 100 pound weight-loss stories.

These are accompanied by a coach.

You need a coach, not a trainer, who cares far more about you than performing synchronized movements in a class.

You need a coach, not a trainer, who’s going to tell you the harsh reality of your bad habits.

You need a coach, not a trainer, who thinks about you before, during, and after your workout.

So, just answer this simple question: How bad do you want it?

How bad do you want to lose the weight?

How bad do you want more energy?

How bad do you want to get rid of the joint and back pain?

COVID-19 doesn’t need to be another DIY moment in your life. And it doesn’t need to be you watching another trainer with her sports bra on or his t-shirt off yelling at you to keep going.

You can receive Online Coaching from an RxFIT coach. 

A coach who contacts you before your alarm goes off. 

A coach who gives you your plan. 

A coach who answers your questions. 

A coach who then follows-up in the evening on your day.

That’s called “Caring.” 

That’s called “Coaching.”

Just ask Ashtyn Blanchard. She’s down 23 pounds in four-in-a-half weeks.

That’s called “Delivering Results.”


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