By: Coach Sammie
People come to us because they are missing one (or multiple) of the following:
Talking with one of my brilliant bosses the other day :)… he mentioned the analogy of a coach being like a Sherpa/guide. I loved that comparison because it makes total sense.
Let’s say you want to climb a mountain. Most people don’t go out to the bottom of a mountain and just start climbing do they? No.. I mean you could, but you probably wouldn’t make it very far. There’s a pretty solid chance you would injure yourself because you don’t know what you are doing. And it’s highly likely you would turn around and give up. Enter Sherpa - someone who has the knowledge and training to help GUIDE you up the mountain safely and effectively. This is what a coach does for your fitness/health.. let me elaborate:
Knowledge - Like the sherpa is there to educate you on all things mountain (how to climb safely, how to prepare, what equipment you need, what food/fuel you should bring, when to take breaks, how to best sleep on your journey up the mountain, etc) our job as your coach is to firstly educate you. We can teach you how to properly move your body safely and efficiently. We can teach you how to properly fuel yourself through nutrition. We even have awesome tips and tricks to help you with your recovery like sleep that will keep you moving onward and upward.
Direction - have you ever met (or been) that person that says “I know what I should do, I just don’t do it”….. normally its followed up by some excuse of being busy or unmotivated. But after years of working with individuals like this, a lot of the time they are simply in need of DIRECTION. Figuring out where to start and how to execute a plan to success can feel super challenging and overwhelming when you’re stuck in it. Having someone to help you set up a plan and guide you step by step, can take a lot of pressure off of you and allow you to just DO. Just like the Sherpa who maps out a path and walks along side you up the mountain, a coach is there to light the way for you, so you can see clearly, and walk through to the finish.
Confidence - climbing a mountain is no small feat. It’s scary. There are a lot of unknowns and fear of failure. Wanting to improve your health, lose a significant amount of weight, change your lifestyle…. Can be scary. ESPECIALLY when you’ve tried and failed in the past. You know what helps create confidence… small, everyday accomplishments. Simple, little “yes I can do this” moments that build upon each other. On your way up the mountain: your sherpa will tell you to “make it to the next ledge”. Just like your coach will be there, to make sure you are staying safe, too gently nudge you forward to trying something a little more challenging, to celebrate with you when you accomplish a small win! I can’t tell you how many people come up to me on a weekly basis completely elated because they performed a movement they haven’t in years or even for the first time ever (running, pull ups, double under, etc). Movements they would never have the confidence to try a short time ago. Or when a member says they were able to go out and be active with their family/friends finally because they felt confident in being able to keep up and have fun.
Commitment - it takes commitment to climb a mountain. It’s super challenging, it takes sacrifice and determination. There are most likely times when you will want to turn around, call it quits, and give up. Anybody ever felt this way on their fitness journey? I see you nodding your head. This is TOTALLY NORMAL. When you lose motivation (as we all do from time to time) it doesn’t mean you are doing something wrong, or the path your on is the wrong one. It’s merely that when we are in the grind its very easy to get stuck focusing on the problems (waking up early to go exercise is hard, tracking my food is boring, meal prepping is time consuming, journaling my gratitude is a challenge on days I’m super stressed…) If you work with me, one of the first things I tell my clients is….motivation is a feeling, which means it comes and goes… but commitment is a contract. Your coach is there to help you stay committed. Yes we are there to motivate you too, but our focus is keeping you committed to your goal and help you push through the moments of struggle, because they are guaranteed to come.
Support - Traveling up a mountain or along your path to a better life is ALWAYS better with someone by your side. To guide you along the way, help you up when you fall, treat your injuries, encourage you to keep going when you feel stuck, nudge you through setbacks, remind you to fuel and recover, and celebrate your progress forward. This is what we live for as your coaches. If you struggle in any (or all) of these areas, we want to help.