Ok, I know the title is a little over the top but I needed to get your full attention.
Have I got it?
Great, let’s kick things off!
Listen, I know you have some hefty fitness goals.
I know you want the most rocking summer bod, that will turn heads. (Ok, at least the heads of your husband or that unsupportive friend who never thought you could lose the weight).
I know all this because I have worked with many women just like you, over the past 15 years.
A big dream, and you’re ready to make a life changing transformation. But it’s not happening.
You’re still not achieving the results you really want.
Something is sabotaging your efforts.
You feel like the skinny jeans and crop top tanks are against you!
Not enough weight has been dropped and you’re certainly not happy with the results thus far.
That makes you sad and frustrated.
Most days, you feel like you’re spinning your hamster wheel, not getting very far. I hear ya….it’s a BIG pain in the arse! So you think, “I will get some help!”
You may have thought to yourself:
“I’ll hire a fitness coach, someone who can really help me drop this weight once and for all.”
You google and come across some eye-catching websites, read some FB posts and see a ton of IG “before and after” photos – and you invest.
You invest and you’re ready for the big transformation. Then… week after week, nothing happens.
Crickets – Zero – Nada. Okay, Maybe a couple of inches and pounds are lost. But not what you wanted and certainly not what you had hoped for. You feel so down; as if there’s something seriously wrong with you. If others can get great results, why not you? Maybe you’ve even kicked yourself for falling for another magic plan once again.
If you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone!
And after hearing this from one too many women, I knew I had to write about it. You see, I’ve been in the training and coaching field for over 15 years.
I’ve worked my socks off to get experience, knowledge and qualifications and helping my clients get results and nothing pees me off more than seeing really great women like you get sucked into hype, magic pill syndrome.
Good Old Social Proof!
But here’s what I want I want you to know.
Fitness coaching is in crisis right now and I don’t want you to pay one more penny to a coach until you read the next bit (it won’t take long, pinky promise!)
As someone who works with women who want to level up their fitness day in day out, as someone who has worked with athletes, business executives, shift workers and front line staff, I know the power of a health and fitness coach (IT’S HUGE!) but right now, you need to know the top 3 reasons why fitness coaching might NOT be for you… just yet!
Now remember, this is just my take on it but judging from the many women I’ve spoken to and worked with …. This is a problem! But I’m also not a downer so I’m not just about to unload a whole lot of crap into your brain. I will also share how you can make coaching work for you!
1. Every Tom, Dick & Harry is a Fitness Coach
Yep, Tom, Dick and Harry have made an appearance and they are flipping everywhere!
The problem we see is that there are many excellent coaches out there doing their thing.
But, there are a ton of people who see fitness coaches doing really well and think ‘I’ll do that.’ Please know I am not knocking anybody… that is not my style.
But what I do have a problem with is people who are not qualified putting themselves in a position to guide others in their health journey. (This is NOT something to take lightly).
And that is not cool, especially when it comes to someone else’s health. As much as I hate to say this, yes there are unscrupulous people out there who use fake testimonials to bring you into their business and then boom, you’ve spent money on them. That is not right.
To make sure fitness coaching helps you achieve your goals, please do your due diligence and make sure your coach is excellent. It doesn’t have to be about tons of certifications but actually talk to the people featured in their testimonials.
Before you spend your hard earned money on someone, make sure it’s well directed.
I’m scrupulous about making sure women know why they’re hiring me. My strength is in helping women get clarity about what they could be doing to get fitter, helping them define the right nutrition and training protocol, how to implement, and then hold them accountable.
I love helping my women create the mind and body they have always dreamed of.
That’s what I do and if you need something different, then I’m not your coach and I am comfortable with that.
Beware the ‘fitness coach’ who says they can help you with whatever you need!
2. Beware the Snake Oil Charmers
Yes, obtaining a fit-toned body can be hard.
It can be a struggle especially when you’re not clear on how to actually do it. It can be a big pain when you have no plan of action and you are are literally watching weight slowly creep on month after month.
But when you’ve been spinning that wheel for too long and you’re about to give up, that’s when you want the knight in shining armour.
The magic pill. The special snake oil.
The “plan” that will make all your weight disappear. You invest. You do the work (or some of the work if you’re really honest). And you get some results but nothing major.
And you start to wonder if you’ll ever lose the weight.
Let me be the first to say… there is nothing wrong with you; it’s just that you’re looking for something that doesn’t exist.
The truth is there is no magic pill.
And if you’re still looking for it and you’re still investing in coaches to find it, you’re going to spend a whole lot of money and a lot of time still looking. For nothing. There is no magic pill.
What works is consistent action.
Let me qualify that….what works is consistent RIGHT actions.
Focusing on the right things at the right time.
That is the magic pill.
Build consistency in your fitness routine and watch your fitness results appear.
Yes, invest in the skills and knowledge so you are armed with what you need to make sure your results last long-term. The most important thing is you commit to your program and you stick with it!
What makes the difference is you showing up every
day and being consistent and persistent.
3. Hype Never Tells the Full Story
Did you know there is no such thing as overnight success? You probably already know that but yet, we still fall into the trap of thinking it!
I am really tired and fed up of hearing women talk about how they lost weight in matter of weeks. Do you know why I’m tired of hearing it? Because it just isn’t the truth.
Too many important details are hidden in the small print.
I recently did a podcast on how one of my clients reached her 100lbs weight loss goal! I was so keen to emphasize was how long it took her….how long it took to refine the nutrition plan, create a consistent workout routine, and of course how to re-set after a set back etc.
“So, how long did it take? 2.5 years! Now, we are on a one year maintenance-coaching phase. So that his 3.5 years of coaching! Not something that is a big sell to the fitness industry – but it is the truth.”
Now I dont want to be a Debbie Downer. Yes we know weight loss and transformations can be done quicker but the reality is, it can take a substantial amount of time to instil the necessary habits.
Yes, there are many who seem to have dropped substantial weight in no time at all.
But this is when our comparison-monster rears her head and tells you there must be something wrong with you if you can’t get the same weight-loss results.
But here’s what you need to know….you have no idea as to what that person has done to achieve those results. You do not know their plan, how much weight they had to lose, if they took extra “supplements,” had cosmetic surgery, (or just used a photoshop app) etc.
I know, it’s crazy! Trust me, many of the women I work with fall into this trap. My best advice?
Create a safety word when you start indulging in the comparison monster!!
It is a great way to diffuse that horrible energy! (Mine might totally be Richard- stole it from my bestie hehe).
It’s NOT Doom and Gloom. Coaching is Actually Amazing!
OK, so by now you know that I believe fitness coaching is very worthwhile and a great investment for your health… (Heck this is my career).
Fitness coaching can be tremendously transformational and exciting. It helps you take the necessary leaps and bounds in your health and fitness transformation. It stretches you (not like Yoga), and pushes you out of your comfort zones so you start to believe in yourself.
As long as:
- You don’t just hire any Tom, Dick or Harry
- You’re not taken in by snake oil charmers
- And your BS radar is part of your operating system so you can filter out the hype.
I hope this has been helpful…now go forth and be awesome in your fitness journey! You are making strides in optimizing your health and happiness and it’s so important to get the right support for yourself and your fitness goals.
If you’d like to connect with me, I’d love for you to join Team Bunny – if you are ready for a no BS approach to obtaining fitness results!
Lots of Love