So the question begs, what is the top reason people fail or succeed in achieving their fitness resolution goals?
Coaching. Very simple. It's coaching.
The value a coach brings to your fitness achievement and growth is unfathomable. A great coach can change your life, and inspire you to be consistent, motivated, and get you on a lifelong journey that adds great value to you and those around you.
Here's another reality check though... most people try to do this on their own. And while some are organized enough to start writing their goals down and get to the gym, they too eventually lose that initial spark that comes with a new year's hope to improve one's self.
So what kind of coaching am I referring to?
Group Fitness Coach
This type of Coach is the differentiator at privately held gyms like Next Wave, vs "globo gyms." I can't speak for every box gym, but I know that my affiliate friends try and scout and retain the highest caliber coaches, capable of directing, coaching, and managing a group of 10 to 20 athletes. As a member, you will get the best bang for your buck joining a CrossFit affiliate gym as a result of this.
The great majority of CrossFit Coaches are the best coaches in the industry, bar none. They are well-rounded, invest in their continued education without feeling forced to (unlike a few other certifying agencies out there), and they are dedicated athletes themselves. When you're looking to try out a CrossFit gym, be sure to take a moment to look at their Coaching Team page. Then, go to a "globo-gym" page and take a look at their trainers. I don't need to elaborate any further on this that's how sure I am that you will get the best coaching out of a CrossFit gym.
Now, expect to pay more. If you were getting the results from going to a "globo-gym," you wouldn't be reading this. The fact is, you get great COACHING, remember? That's the key ingredient. In these environments you also learn the foundations of lifting. Not to come down too hard on some of the few personal trainers out there worth their salt, you simply don't get the great foundations work necessary for a lifetime of lifting and movement from $49 and under gyms. You just don't. You're going to have to pay for it.
Expect to pay between $139-$199/month*. If you are being asked to pay more than that, then I hope you are an elite athlete and joining a competition team... otherwise, you're getting ripped off.
* I'm going to post an article soon on what a gym should have available to you to justify the costs of what you pay. Stay tuned.
Expect to pay anywhere from $49-$89/hour, depending on your goals. If custom nutrition is needed where weight management accountability is crucial to your success, or survival, expect those figures to be higher.
The best thing to do is talk to your gym about personal training packages. That is usually the most cost efficient way to work with a personal trainer.
So you have a choice right now. You can either try this alone and potentially miss your opportunity to really hit those goals you've been tossing around in your mind, or, you can put your money where your mind is and invest in one of the most important areas of your life - your health and fitness.
Don't make excuses. Our members come to us for coaching. Our personal training clients come to us for coaching. There is no secret to fitness. You either commit, mentally and financially, or you fail.
If your hold-up is financial, contact your gym and see if something can get worked out for you. Chances are that there is a package that can be put together to help you. Be flexible, as you are paying for professional help. Don't haggle with your gym, just like you wouldn't haggle with your doctor. Instead, take the approach of asking for a solution to fit your budget. Will it work every time? Maybe not, but at least you tried to get coaching. Reach out to the next gym and see if they can help.
If time is your excuse... STOP IT! If you can't make time for your health than I can't help you and no one else can. Look at your calendar. There are trade-offs to everything. Find the time!
- Coach John
Coach John Toma
Coach John is the Founder of Next Wave Athletics, home of CrossFit Next Wave. He is an CF-L2 Coach and Personal Trainer. He has written and spoken on topics related to health and fitness, business, photography, and education. John currently works with select clients on their nutrition, 1-on-1. He is an expert in weight-loss management and life-style hacking for ultimate success and growth. You can read more of John's articles on his website blog: www.johntoma.com/blog