Initially, I wanted to coach because I figured it was a good way to get people to train with.
Boy was I wrong!
The problem, of course, isn’t the actual people I’m training.
The biggest problem pretty much any coach or trainer has?
While the training session is happening, it’s your job to make sure they move in ways to make sure they won’t get hurt.
Can’t really do that if your nose is to the ground and you’ve got tunnel vision from exertion.
Of course, things are a bit more flexible if everybody who’s participating are knowledgeable about their own movement.
Also, they have to know what good movement means in a given situation.
So with more experienced participants, the coach is more likely to be able to “lead from the front”.
With less experienced participants, the opposite is true.
With great success comes great responsibility…
Anybody who coaches wants to be successful.
In training studios, that typically means a fair bit of “passing through” people.
People start, decide the training or trainer isn’t for them and move on.
Others start, decide this is the thing for them and stay.
New people come along and fill the gaps.
As more new people add themselves, the coach obviously has more to do to help them.
For a trainer, more success means less time to train for themselves.
This is, most of the time, why some coaches find their own trainers for themselves.
They get to train somewhere other than in their own studio (It’s nice to get out occasionally).
As a trainer, it’s a relief to not have to think about what we’re supposed to do for the workout (though as I’ve mentioned before, it can be difficult to shut up for us coaches…)
It’s also a regular appointment you have to get to (otherwise you’re wasting money).
That is probably the single biggest reason I can think of to hire somebody to help me train.
Others have other reasons.
Whatever it is, it’s probably a good one!
Something to ponder if you’re a trainer and find your own training has been lacking?
Or, if you’re not a trainer, and VPT is your jam, maybe it doesn’t matter at all.
Either way, have a great time training today!