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 Are you thinking about a healthier, fitter lifestyle? Whether you’ve never worked out before, or used to work out and stopped, regular exercise is critical to your health. If you want to create a healthier version of yourself the right way, find a qualified fitness coach.

Knowing where to start can be tricky! Everyone seems to be doing something different, you read a book and it tells you to do something else. There is so much information, it’s easy to get confused!

There are a lot of imitators out there, so make sure you know what to look for. Here are 7 fatal mistakes that people make when hiring a health coach:

Mistake #1: Jumping Into Fads or Quick Fixes

There is always something new and exciting and it seems to be working for everyone! Not to mention, these fad studios are popping up on every corner. The problem we’ve seen is that they come and go. The short term fixes are exciting when you get motivated and excited but it is not sustainable long term! A lot of fads are things that you have to WILL yourself through. Why not find something that you don’t have to rely on willpower to push through? Something that is sustainable for the long term; eating in a way that makes sense for your life and exercises that you like and get consistent results from.

Solution to Mistake #1: Skip the fads and quick fixes and find something sustainable, consistent and long term for lasting results!

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Mistake #2: Working with Un[der]qualified Professionals

You know those people who look super fit and have a great body that you see at the gym all the time? They seem like they know what they’re doing, right?

Sure, maybe these people have figured out what works for them but they may not understand you, your body or where you’re at and you could end up injured and – maybe even – working AWAY from your goals.

Solution to Mistake #2: Do your research! Hire someone whose credentials you know and understand, and who have education and training under their belt.

All of our coaches are C.H.E.K. certified to make sure we bring you the top tier of knowledge when it comes to our training. We’re serious about YOU!

Mistake #3: Going for the Cheapest Coach or Gym Possible

Why pay $500 for a personal trainer when you can pay $30 down the road?? We see this ALL the time. Cheaper is not always better and, most of the time, we get what we pay for!

Big box gyms and establishments rely on volume – pumping in quantity OVER quality, meaning they count on the fact that people will pay for their membership but never use it, (sound familiar?).

We want to work with members who are highly invested in themselves.

Solution to Mistake #3: When you invest financially in a professional – a professional who has also invested in themselves to bring you the best expertise – that’s an investment from BOTH parties. When two people come together who are both invested, the results are amazing.

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Mistake #4: Working with Coaches Who are Not Tracking Your Progress

Consistency is KEY! A lot of health coaches give you varied workouts to keep things interesting but if there is no consistency in doing assessments, measuring and tracking of progress and results, how do you know what’s working and what’s not?

If you’re not seeing progress, what’s the point?

Solution to Mistake #4: Before committing somewhere, make sure you ask about how they are tracking your progress. Here at PUSH!FIT, all members have monthly FiFocus sessions with their coach to track progress and check in, and personal training members also have reassessments & new program design every 4-6 weeks.

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Mistake #5: Working with a Coach Who Doesn’t Take a Holistic Approach

Being healthy is not just about getting a kick a** workout and feeling so sore you can’t move the next day. You may feel super sore after your first few workouts but, at the end of the day, your workout should ENERGIZE you, not drain you.

If it is draining you, it’s important to look at all aspects of your health. We believe there are 6 main pillars of holistic health and all of them are interrelated and affect the others. They are fitness, nutrition, stress, sleep, lifestyle and mindset.

If you slept 3 hours and come in for a workout should you be doing the same workout as when you had a full, restful 8 hour sleep? No way! Your body is already stressed with fatigue so a heavy workout will stress it more.

We make sure to look at every aspect of optimal health so that all are working together. These things can’t be looked at singularly!

Solution to Mistake #5: Make sure you find a Health Coach who believes in a Holistic approach to health and wellness.

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Mistake #6: Working with a Trainer Who Only Knows What Works for Them

A lot of trainers or fitness professionals are guilty of this one… They create an awesome workout for themselves and decide to put their clients through the same thing!

Chances are, you look different, you feel different, you have different injuries and health history and what works for your trainer may not work for you.

Solution to Mistake #6: Ensure you will be getting a custom plan designed for you and your needs.

At PUSH!FIT you’ll start with an in-depth postural, movement and functional fitness assessment and we will create your personalized program based on our findings. The custom plan is based on YOUR goals, YOUR body and YOUR history. This ensures the BEST results from your program and the most return on your investment.

Mistake #7: Quantity Over Quality

It’s like a needle in a haystack. How are you expected to pinpoint what you’re doing right or wrong when you’re hidden in a big group of people. Don’t get me wrong, big group fitness classes can be fun for socializing and keeping your body moving.

BUT, if you’re serious about results, you need to be working on a program specific to you. A few things happen when you work in a large group fitness class:

  1. The program might not suit your needs, it’s not custom!
  2. Because you’re just another number, no one may notice if you go missing or stop showing up, there is no accountability.

Solution to Mistake #7: Quality of quantity – don’t get lost in a crowd. At PUSH!FIT we know you by name. We know your strengths, weaknesses, goals and we understand you. Your success is our goal!

I hope this was helpful to you! I know this is a lot of information but it’s all so important to think about when looking for a health coach. It’s a big investment of both time and money so you want to make sure you have someone who knows, understands and can guide you to the best results.

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If any of this resonates with you, I’d love to invite you to come in for a complimentary consult. The first step is just a conversation! We’d love to get to know you and understand where you’re coming from so we can best recommend a program for you.  Click here to book your complimentary consult.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to helping you on your path to optimal health and fitness!