One of the most mind-boggling things I hear people say in regards to training with a coach goes as follows:
"I want to work with you, but I need to get into better shape before we start training."
I then proceed to ask this person how they plan on getting into better shape before starting. After stumbling over a few words, they typically realize if they haven't made a change yet, they're probably not going to.
In this day of age, social media marketing through platforms like Facebook and Instagram acts as a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's great to showcase my client's capabilities and progress to their friends and family.
This has also created a mindset of self-doubt and intimidation in prospective clients that don't understand the process of working with a reputable coach. Hence the quote above.
I couldn't tell you how many times I've had someone says they would never be able to lift a certain weight, yet proceed to do it a week or two later without realizing it. I'm a firm believer that strength training requires more mental exertion than physical. Once people step foot through the door and begin to trust a system, their confidence skyrockets. It's awesome watching someone excel once they get the ball rolling, but the biggest issue is actually getting the ball rolling.
So how exactly do we combat this?
I tell everybody that walks through the doors at ILP that this whole weight lifting game we play takes time to get good at. You don't deadlift 500 pounds on day one and anyone that tells you otherwise is a bullshit artist. If you're on the fence about hiring a fitness pro to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle, keep this in mind.
A good coach will be able to assess where you currently stand, where you plan on standing, and then formulate a blueprint to get you to this desired outcome. Assisting you to success rather than throwing you right into the fire should be the objective of any coach that cares and understands success.
The hardest part is getting up and starting. Once you get your feet wet and see what you're truly capable of doing, training becomes a habit.