Why Everyone Need a Coach

(Especially Me)

Allow me to let you in on a little industry secret: all of the best trainers in the world…have trainers

The best coaches have coaches. And the people who design some of the best, most effective programs you’ve ever heard of…hire other people to design programs for them.

This goes for everyone from top-level bodybuilders and physique competitors to Olympic lifting specialists to powerlifters who hold world records.

Off the top of my head, I can drop 15 of the most recognizable names in the fitness industry, and tell you that each of these people has a trainer for one aspect of their program or another. And, off the top of my head, I could name another 15 who I would allow to help me.

Which brings me around to the main subject of this article.

I have a personal trainer.

More often than not, this surprises people. The obvious question is, “why would an expert on training—who’s designed countless programs—hire someone else to train him?”

That question doesn’t just apply to me, of course. You might be wondering why any of the top coaches in the world—let alone all of them—would decide to hire other coaches.

You see, I’m of the mind that everyone can use a coach; I believe everyone can benefit from coaching.

So. Let’s talk about why I hired one. 

I’m going to be honest here. Really and truly honest. For a long time, my workouts sucked. They sucked HARD. To the point where I pretty much hated training.

This got so bad that I was skipping workouts at least a few times a week, and when I wasn’t doing that, I was phoning it in. In short, my training was just…well, awful.

I can’t tell you why, exactly. It was probably a combination of things. Stress. Life. You know the deal.

I guess the long and short of it is that somewhere along the way, training became more of a burden than an outlet. Instead of a priority, it seemed like a chore. Naturally, things went south in a bad way. I stayed in the best shape I could despite this, but you know how that goes.

Ironically, it was one of my former clients who turned things around for me. One day, I was talking to my boy Dixon , and he asked me, “When was the last time you actually enjoyed training?”

I thought about it and finally replied, “When I was going through my body transformation in 2011 and 2013.”

That made me think. Why was that the last time I was really enjoying my time in the gym? What was different?

The answer was simple: back then I was held accountable to a coach who i’d follow up with each week.

This gave me a sense of “oh crap, I can’t report in and not have done the scheduled workouts…besides i am PAYING for this Sh*T!”.

Long story short, I knew that having someone there transferred the responsibility and gave me that peace of mind!