Everybody wants to be an online coach but not everybody should.
Typically, I try not to “should” on people… but in the case of online/remote coaching, it’s a necessary evil. It seems like everyone these days offers online templates or programs. For $20 a month you can follow just about any blog or template the internet has to offer. I’m here to tell you how to sift through the bullshit and pick out the gem. If you’re looking for a remote coach, there are a few precautions to take:
Find out how they are qualified. Having 20,000 followers on Instagram and a nice booty does NOT qualify you to advise others on nutrition and exercise prescription (but kudos to them for rocking the body they worked hard for!) You need a real coach to get real results. Even self-taught athletes/aesthetic gym-goers may have figured out how to reach their own goals, but that does not mean they understand your body and how to optimize a plan to help you.
Always ask what certifications, degrees, and experience they have (you can see my credentials at RCOnlineCoaching.com). A coach is meant to be an expert – not just someone who has lost weight or built muscles themselves. Ask what they can provide that will get you to your specific goals whether that be to lose 10 pounds or be able to run a 5k – an experienced coach will be able to provide you with a well thought-out plan and the WHY behind that plan.
Figure out if you’re getting a coach or a template-maker. Often a majority of people can find some benefit from templates (put everyone on a squat program and I’m sure you’ll get a few improved squats), but that doesn’t mean everyone should follow the same design. Ask how many clients your trainer has. If an online coach has 100+ clients… abort mission. Regardless of how fast of a programmer they may be, that is 100 hours of work a week if you are giving each client one hour’s worth of time to assess videos, track progress, create new programs, and keep up with how they are feeling. It’s difficult for most people to even name 100 people they know let alone be expected to know how they move/what their goals are/what their past is/where they need to progress to/etc.!
Nutrition is like religion – everyone has a different philosophy. Beware of trainers who template nutrition as well. I can tell you with confidence that just because someone has a 6-pack of abs does not mean you can eat what they do and get the same results. Find a coach who has real nutrition education and does not have a bias (like drinking shakes for every meal!) A good nutrition coach will be able to help you improve food quality, food quantity for your specific body type, food timing on when to eat what, and help you improve food hygiene in general. Ask them what their nutrition background is and what type of clients they have worked with.
You wouldn’t go to a used car dealership looking for a Lamborghini. Your body is an incredible and beautiful thing – find a coach who can help you truly optimize your nutrition which in turn will help you optimize your energy, hormones, recovery, and overall well-being.