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Why Do You Need a Coach?


Today I want to talk to you about my favorite topic. It's coaching.

I am a coach through and through.

I am a coach at heart.

Even as I get pulled away from coaching at times because of the different responsibilities that come with having multiple locations, I still make sure that there's some amount of coaching on my schedule.

I love to coach.

Let me ask you something. Do you know where that word comes from? The word "coach?"

It actually comes from the olden days when they had stagecoaches. The point of the stagecoach is to take you from where you're at to where you want to go, right?

From where you're at, to where you want to go.

That's what a good coach should do.

A good coach should help you to assess where you're at. We do this, at Journey, through medical screening. We do this through different types of assessments. We do it through a little goal setting conversation where we say, "Hey, what is it that you'd like to accomplish?"

And sometimes people don't know.

They know they'd like to tone up, but we need to help them by digging a little deeper.

We may say, "Well, what was the weight that you felt really good at in your life? Maybe it was when you got married, maybe it was when you graduated college."

We start to reconnect with the emotions of how we felt at that time in our life, the energies that we had, just how proud we felt walking around in our clothes.

Then we're able to establish a really solid goal, so now we can see, "This is where we want to get to. This is where we're at," and a coach will help you to map a plan.

A coach will help you to say, "Okay, we're turning on the GPS, and this is a roadmap for how we're going to get there."

We're going to give you different tools.

We're going to give you nutritional advice.

We're going to give you process goals.

That's the idea, right? Where you want to get to is called a long-term goal, but along the way there's going to be short-term goals.

Almost like Journey checkpoints.

We have these little Journey checkpoints as we progress through our Journey to know that we're getting closer to that long-term goal.

It's like a process goal, so if you're driving along in the car, sometimes you have to turn right, sometimes you have to turn left.

You know whatever you have to do, you have to take a certain exit.

Well, process goals along the way for your fitness Journey are like,

"Need to eat these foods, need to avoid those foods. Need to make sure you're working out three times a week. Maybe on your off days, you're getting a little cardio."

These are the process goals that make it happen.

A good coach in your life should do five things.

A good coach in your life should motivate you, right? We need extrinsic motivation. 95% of people are not intrinsically motivated. They need some extrinsic motivation.

Number two, a good coach in your life should keep you accountable.

We set these goals, but it's good to have an accountability partner to say,

"Hey, how you doing with the process goal this week? How you doing at staying away from those foods? Hey, show me your food journal. Let's do a little checkup."

Or when you stop showing up for your workouts saying, "Hey, where were you at the workout? We've got to get you in there."

So a good coach motivates you, keeps you accountable, and helps you with nutrition.

That's number three. A good coach should help you with nutrition, because nutrition is actually 80% of the results.

If you have a coach in your life that's not talking to you about nutrition, then you're missing out on 80% of the conversation, 80% of the results, right?

You want to make sure that a good coach in your life gives you some good advice on how to work on your diet.

Typically, that advice is going to center around avoiding the bad carbs and putting the good carbs in, lowering the carbs so that we can see fat loss in our lives.

Number four, from a good coach, you should learn something. Good coaches help you to make your body your machine.

They help you to perfect your form in different areas so that way you can feel like you are learning to master these exercises.

When you master the exercises, these functional fitness exercises in the gym, you're actually becoming a master of your body for real life functions.

When you can squat deeper, you can garden better. When you can bend better, you can just go through life and pick things up off the ground better.

Good coaches that help you to learn things in the gym also help you to perform better outside of the gym.

And number five, a good coach should help you make progress.

So during a workout, that means that a coach is helping you to increase your range of motion, up your intensity, up your pace, helping you to maybe get into a slightly different position where you feel things a little bit more.

That way when you leave your workout, you can say "I just got better."

See, at Journey, we have a sign that hangs over our door and it says, "You just got better."

A good coach in a workout should make you better.

A good coach in life should make you better.

A good coach, in just one single meeting of establishing where you're at and where you want to go, will make you better.

That's what a coach is in your life.

That's what a coach is supposed to do, and that's why you need a coach.

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