I'll be completely honest with you. For the past two years, I have been extremely inconsistent with my own training. Flip-flopping between programs, skipping workouts, and giving less than 100% when I decided to show up and train had become habitual routines for me. As a result, my numbers never increased, my physique stayed the same, and my ambition towards improving both my strength and aesthetics dissolved.
This all changed when I sat down and asked myself a handful of questions.
- What kind of results am I truly expecting?
- How long is it going to take me to reach my desired final product?
- Did I have a plan to get me from point A to point B?
- Was I doing everything I had to in order to achieve these results?
After answering each one of these honestly and not having a concrete answer, I decided I needed to make a change. That change was hiring a coach.
The best decision I've made since coming to Cressey Sports Performance, for myself personally, was hiring Tony Bonvechio as my coach. Tony, founder of Bonvec Strength, is a smart dude that knows a ton about getting people strong. As a powerlifter himself, he earns credibility with me simply through the amount of weight I watch him move on a daily basis.
Do I lose credibility for having a coach write my programming? I don't know; do the top athletes in professional sports lose credibility for having their own personal coaches? Now, I'm definitely not comparing myself to guys like LeBron James, or Bryce Harper. I have, however, written a decent amount of programs over the last couple years where I am fully capable of writing one for myself. Why do I choose not to?
Well, there's several reasons.
Obviously, having a coach holds me accountable to his standards and expectations. If I don't put the effort in, why should he when it comes to writing my program? By paying a coach for this service, it also adds the incentive to make sure I get the work done that is prescribed. If I don't, does it truly make sense to pay for it?
While I would definitely save a decent amount by writing my own program, I know for a fact that my commitment level wouldn't be 100%. I'm not afraid to admit that, and quite frankly, I don't care. I put 100% effort into my clients, who absolutely deserve it, and put my own programming on the back burner. The return on investment is tenfold, in my opinion.
- Eliminating all guess work
Should I perform 6 sets of 3 reps to start this month off? Maybe 5 sets of 5? How about I just let Tony take care of all of that, and I'll worry about the bigger picture I'm creating for my own clients. He walks the walk, and I comply with everything he prescribes me. While I might hate it at the time being, I trust the process, and it hasn't failed me to this point in time. If something feels off, we consult and come up with a solution to solve the issue at hand. With a tiny exception here and there, Tony has full control of what I do month-to-month.
- Adding a new realm to my toolbox
I am not a powerlifter. I've never competed in a powerlifting meet before. I've never had a powerlifter as a client. Up until two months ago, I avoided bench pressing at all cost thanks to my hatred for the exercise. Thanks to Tony, this hatred no longer exists.
Can I help you get stronger and move better? Yep. Can I write a successful 6-week program to increase your bench press by 30 pounds when you step on the platform for a meet? It's not something I've done before, so probably not.
My specialty has always been through kettlebells. I started working with kettlebells over five years ago, and like to consider myself relatively proficient with them. Swings, snatches, presses, and front squats are just a few of the exercises I've been successful with teaching effectively on a consistent basis. The girya (Russian for kettlebell) has always made up the majority of my toolbox.
Tony's style of training has opened up a whole new door for me. His programming is completely different from anything I've ever done previously. Everyday, I gain a little bit more knowledge about how I move as well as the sport of powerlifting. Just through simply hiring a credible coach, I have become a better coach myself.
I make a living by helping people move both consistently and efficiently. The final product is a happy individual that looks, feels, and moves a lot better than when they initially started. I've had my fair share of success with clients, and have a decent amount of experience with program design.
Hear me out.
I don't want you to think I'm an arrogant coach that thinks he's the best in the business. I'm showing you that I do this day in and day out, and I still refer out to a coach to write my programming for me. This is a choice that makes working out much more enjoyable for me, and allows me more time to focus on my client's wants and needs.
Do you hire an accountant to take care of your taxes once April comes around? How about a mechanic when you need an oil change or have an issue with your car? Shouldn't you do the same with your body?
If you're ready to take your training to the next level the same way I did, it's time to do your research and seek out a knowledgable coach that cares. In-person is always optimal, but not always possible. If you're in this situation, online coaching is a great option to help get you on track. Think this is the route for you? Drop a line below or check out this link to learn more about how to get started today.