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What Makes A Great Coach?

Phil Graham Body Power Coaching Nutrition

In an oversaturated industry it is increasingly hard to find a good quality coach you can rely on never mind get your money’s worth from. Many of you related to my previous article  3 Reasons Why Your Personal Trainer Sucks

Given the sheer volume of feedback, it concerns me how many of you are having the wool pulled over your eyes.

I felt obliged to write a follow-up article outlining the key qualities that must exist as part of a top coaches arsenal of tools and strategies.

Notice how I use the word coach in the title, not personal trainer. Coaching takes into account the overall paradigm of a client’s lifestyle, not just their training. Over deliver – always!!

Have a read and ask yourself do any of the qualities listed strike a chord?

Also, if you’re an upcoming trainer aspiring to become a great coach you may also want to take note!

1) They Get The Job Done (Correctly)

They get you from A-B in the healthiest most efficient way possible whilst educating you at the same time to sustain and improve upon your end result even further.


2) Silent Empathy

They are silently empathetic with your problems. Whether it be poor health/fitness, strength, mobility, injury, dietary adherence or problems in your personal life. They understand this and will accept what you’re going through.

Subsequently, they know when to back off and give a helping hand


3) They Make The Complicated Simple

One thing that really grinds my gears are trainers who expect clients to understand very complex scientific topics and terms that have no practical implications or use to the average Joe.

It must also be noted that many clients don’t want to look stupid or annoying by asking questions. As a result, they run the risk of not understanding key principles that may govern the success of their muscle building and/or fat loss efforts.

You could argue it’s the client’s fault for not asking but realistically the trainer needs to present his knowledge in the clearest and simplest form possible.

As the saying goes K.I.S.S – Keep It Simple Stupid.

Topics must be broken into simple analogies for the average lay person.



4) Patience

They should welcome your questions as ultimately your success will translate to theirs in the long run.

It is imperative they help you eat, train and manage your lifestyle to the best you can.


5) They Monitor

 When was the last time your trainer asked you if you were struggling with anything on your program?

Have you had your diet or training program reviewed recently?

Has your trainer measured such variables like body shape, training performance or even blood work?

Has your trainer made any changes to your program?

As I like to say  – “If you aren’t assessing you’re just guessing!”

Real progress involves a measured approach.

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Summing Up

As a paying client, you deserve the best possible service. You are accountable to your trainer, not the other way round!

Make sure you personal trainer is coaching both your brain and your body. Learn to ask more questions on how to better manage your nutrition, training and life.

High Quality Coaching – Higher Quality Nutrition – Higher Quality Training – Evaluation – Sustainability  – High Quality Results.

Don’t give your hard-earned wages to a lazy trainer.

If you’re a personal trainer reading this, remember you took a silent oath to improve your client’s wellness not make it worse on top of an already complex life.