I have always been one to create my own program. The idea of hiring a coach all began with my journey into powerlifting. At first, I was stubborn in thinking that my background in Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, and Strength and Conditioning was all that I needed to become savage on the big 3. After talking to some experienced lifters in the game, their advice convinced this aspiring Ronnie Coleman to hire the services of a true expert. This experience uncovered a plethora of benefits to having a coach.
1. Allows you to overcome your own programming biases. My training history has been a combination of programs from books, my mind, think tanks with other coaches/therapists, and experience (professional and personal). Previously, I had never been formally coached. Every program I created, had one big flaw: I liked programming things that I liked to train, and avoided programming things that I did not enjoy (No, I did not skip leg day). I had significant training biases.
2.. Someone else worries about your numbers. Another flaw in my design is that I was actually over lifting. I mean who doesn't love to sling around the heaviest weight that they possibly can lift every day that they go in the gym? Having a coach kept me tied to the numbers programmed, the percentages of 1RM, and the amount of reps/sets. No more 1RM trap bar deadlifts every session.
3. Keeps you accountable. Did Lassie ever let Timmy down? No. Did Rocky disappoint Mickey? Negative. Did Scooby thwart Shaggy's expectations? Well maybe that is a bad example. Let's be honest... having a coach keeps you accountable. Having someone there who asks you how your workout went, if you did your accessory work, and what your thoughts on the latest Kendrick Lamar release are can be a very beneficial tool to sticking to a program. (alright.... maybe that last one does not really help... and just in case you were wondering... it's sick!)
Another obvious driving force that will keep you honest with your program is the financial investment. It is much easier to stick to a program when you paid for it. It gives it an external value. We all love training...but when you paid for your training... YOU REALLY LOVE TRAINING.
4. Another person who is looking at your exercise technique. One major advantage that you have from training with someone is that you will have an unbiased opinion on form. Having a coach run through videos of your more complex movements with you, can really help identify areas to clean up, make you more efficient, and help you sling more weight. And also, who doesn't like getting checked out every now and then?? (Don't let this stop you from 'miring your biceps in the mirror brah.)
5. You will be training differently. Whether it's the philosophy, science, or the art of their methods, they will bring something new to the table. Their background will ultimately be different than yours. Obviously, you will want to choose who your coach is based on your goals, body, needs, and sport. This can give you a new structure, exercise library, and an element of fun/surprise in your training.
6. Makes you feel more of an athlete. What's cooler than having someone motivating you throughout your workout, program, and meet? (well maybe entrance music and a light show when ever you enter the gym). You will go to the gym with a strict program to follow, a coach behind you motivating you to excel at your sport, and most importantly a teammate.
7. Someone is on the journey with you. Not only have you invested in your training, but your coach is invested in your training. He or she wants you to succeed. This person is there with you through your successful good sessions, your dreadful bad sessions, and as a person to keep you on track. This is my favorite part. My coach is not only my coach, but is now one of my best friends.
So who is my coach? My coach is Evan Hoffman, CPT. Evan is a Personal Trainer out of Boston Sports Clubs in Boston, MA. Evan competes and has an extensive background in powerlifting. In addition, he trains individuals with various goals, needs, and wants.
Honestly, the major benefit to having a coach...Evan has changed my life.
"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself" - Oprah Winfrey
Rob is a Physical Therapist in Boston MA who specializes in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. Rob is SFMA Level 1 Certified and has extensive training in Trigger Point Dry Needling and IASTM. Rob enjoys treating athletes of all levels and of all sports. He has a specific interest in helping in those who like to challenge themselves at any level.
In addition to being a physical therapist, Rob is currently a Spartan Race Brand Ambassador and member of the Trifecta Tribe. He also is an amateur powerlifter and hockey player.