When you first started training at TracFit, the first thing that happened was you were given your own personal coach.
Maybe you realized at the time—or maybe you didn’t—but having your own personal coach is a fairly unique concept in our broader community. Talk to your friends who CrossFit at another gym in a different city, and chances are they probably don’t have a personal coach in their corner.
But have you ever thought about why we do it this way?
Why we think it’s best for you to have a consistent coach for the duration of your time with us?
I can assure you it wasn’t an arbitrary decision. We do it this way because we think it’s the best way to help you be successful with your long term fitness plan.
Let me sidetrack for a moment here and say this:
The fitness industry is a mess!
Part of the messiness is because most people who become personal trainers, or bootcamp, or spin class, or yoga, or CrossFit instructors do it for an average of one to three years and then they quit and move on to something else because they realize they’ll never make a living in the fitness industry.
Truth is, there are very few full-time, career fitness coaches today (let alone professional coaches). Most fitness instructors have other jobs, and they coach on the side (sometimes just to get a free membership in exchange for their coaching services).
For the client, this means one of two things:
- The part-time coaches at your gym just aren’t that invested in you
- Just as you get to know and develop rapport with you a trainer or coach, he leaves!
This was definitely the case for Sheldon Suen, a 42-year-old in Vancouver, B.C., who was looking for a stable coach in his life and was struggling to find one.
“I went through four coaches in two years…because trainers kept quitting. One trainer would just get to know me, and then he would leave and I would lose my routine…It was just a constant cycle. And it wasn’t working for me…I was looking for someone—a coach—who could help me, and who was focused on the health side, as opposed to the competition side,” he said.
We’re part of a movement that’s changing this. We have found a way to help coaches become career coaches able to make a professional living in the fitness industry. And because of this, coaches stick around are are able to offer you more coaching security by providing you with an invested coach for life.
Our hope with the coach for life concept
is for you to have someone to manage your health and wellness for years to come—the same way you have a family doctor, accountant, lawyer, and maybe even hairdresser for the duration of your entire life.
This doesn’t mean you can’t work with other coaches, of course. It just means your personal coach—the one who put you through your first day experience at our gym, who trained you during personal training, and who probably still coaches many of the classes you attend—is invested in your progress, and he isn’t leaving next month!
And if you ever want more personal training, or an individual program to work on specific weaknesses, or you find yourself needing to rehab from an injury at some point, or you want some diet advice, or just need someone to vent about life, you have a personal coach to turn to.
We’re well on our way! We’re part of a larger business network called the MadLab Group—a group of gym owners who have all embraced the concept of the coach for life.
Pam Headley, a client with a coach for life at TracFit in San Jose, said this:
Being a PE teacher and former personal trainer, Pam Headley assumed fitness was something she could handle on her own.
“The problem was I never did,” Headley said. “I was stuck in a rut, where I had gotten too fat to run, and wasn’t motivated.”
Feeling as though her health and fitness was deteriorating weekly, she decided it was time to seek help. She turned to MadLab Group member gym TracFit in San Jose, California.
She met with a coach for a one-on-one assessment, and then began her journey.
One year later, she is 20 lb. lighter, her back pain is gone, and Headley said she generally feels much more fit and happier than she did when she started. That being said, she admitted the rewarding journey hasn’t been an easy one. It certainly hasn’t been a journey she could have done on her own, she said.
“It took me a long time to put my ego away and recognize where I was at. It angered me that I had let myself get that out of shape,” she said. “But my coach was able to help me turn that anger into motivation.”
“He’s as much a therapist as a coach,” added Headley, who explained that her one-on-one time with her coach has allowed a connection to develop that goes beyond just a coach leading a group of people through a group workout.
Like Suen, Headley now does a blend of group classes and personal training. She continues to meet her coach once a week for a one-on-one sessions.
“I like having them both. We don’t go through life as solo creatures, so the group is great. And when we meet for a personal session, we work on things that I struggle with. So I end up getting more out of the group class than I otherwise would,” she said.
“And the therapy piece of it is insanely worth it to me. I get to spend one hour with a guy whose chief motivational factor is helping me reach my goals,” said Headley, who used to deal with clinical depression, but said she no longer does since becoming more fit.
The older she gets, the more important she said she thinks it will be for her to have a coach in her corner monitoring her health and wellness.
“It doesn’t make sense to do it any other way. If we have a coach monitoring our fitness, then we won’t need a doctor as much,” Headley said.
She added: “I’m not the same person I was 20 years ago. My needs change as I age, so why would I want to navigate that on my own? I wish more people would recognize the importance of having longterm fitness goals. It’s your whole body. You’re going to have it your whole life, so why would you not try to take care of it? And why would you try to do it on your own?”