What is the best way to achieve your health goals? Is a personal trainer the best person to work with if you are looking to lose weight? What does a Health Coach offer that a personal trainer doesn’t? What is the difference between a personal trainer and a Health Coach? To answer these questions and more I’ve written a blog so you, the reader, can easily see which route and health partner will best work for you.
This blog will outline the difference between a personal trainer and a Health Coach so you feel confident in knowing who is the best person for you to work with to reach your goals. In this blog, I have outlined the benefits of working with a personal trainer and the benefits of working with a Health Coach so you can easily identity your best route forward. You will have clarity in gaining control of your health in your busy and stressful life and move forward, finding a solution that suits you.
How does a personal trainer do?
A personal trainer in the gym or online will create a personal bespoke fitness programme for you. A trainer will offer motivation and guidance and show you how you will achieve your goals. Your goal may be that you want to lose weight or perhaps you are looking to gain muscle.
Either way employing a personal trainer will teach and help you to exercise properly using tailored workouts and specific plans that are based around your level of fitness so that you are comfortable getting started with exercise or if you have a particular challenge in mind like your first marathon then reach that goal is the trainers aim.
Your personal trainer will not only guide your weight loss or muscle building journey, they will also increase your overall fitness levels so that you are less likely to suffer from lifestyle diseases like heart disease, and stroke; obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
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Personal trainers also have a background in providing nutritional information to further support your fitness goals.
The benefits of working with a personal trainer
The main benefit of working with a personal trainer is knowing that someone else is interested in your personal fitness goals, have someone on board is very important for accountability. An accountability buddy is a first and foremost reason most people train with a personal trainer, but there is a wide range of other reasons – and benefits – for working with a personal trainer including:
The first most important reason for employing a personal trainer is accountability. A third party will ensure that you commit and stick to your fitness goals. If you’ve made an appointment to meet your trainer for a session, then you are more likely to go than if you are simply going to the gym. Who is going to know – apart from the judging dog!
2. Exercise precision
Knowing how to exercise and which exercises will help you to achieve your goals. If you are looking to build Pilates core strength but you spend all your time on cardio exercises, then you are not going to hit your goal. Running with poor core muscles will shorten your running career. Reducing the risk of injury is paramount and working with a personal trainer will ensure that you have a range of exercises that complement not only your body but also rectifies your weaknesses.
Starting a new exercise regime too quickly, being poorly prepared or simply not having the right footwear means that you are at risk of serious injury. I am sure you have seen young men performing REPS in the gym that they have not received training for, or a friend that decides one day that they will smash their first half marathon? These injuries will impact their health, morale and fitness for a long time. Having someone trained in how to execute exercises will reduce your risk and increase the effectiveness of your fitness routine.
3. Correct Alignment
As a Pilates trainer alignment and preventing injury is my personal number one priority. Demonstrating the correct posture and technique is invaluable. A Personal Trainer will ensure that you are performing exercises correctly and efficiently, in order to maximise your results in the quickest time possible. One of my many mantras in Pilates is the slower you perform the exercise the stronger you will be, which feels counter-intuitive to those uninitiated in Pilates.
4. Reach your exercise goals faster
If you are training for a specific event, or need to achieve a certain level of fitness for your first marathon or 3 peaks challenge employing a personal trainer will help you to get to your goals not only injury-free but also much faster.
5. A best friend
A personal trainer will become, like your hairdresser, your confidant. They are 100% committed to improving your overall wellbeing. A personal trainer is interested in how stressed you are, because not only will that impact how motivated you are but it will also. They care if you’re unhappy in a relationship, as this could result in eating unhealthily.
Having someone to talk through your life goals will keep you motivated and on track.
7. Personalised training plan
Finding a plan that suits your body including your dodgy left knee that hurts when you swing right or knowing that you hate burpees – let’s be honest who doesn’t – is going to ensure you stay on track.
8. Fit your schedule
In a world of competing pulls on your attention and time, finding a time that suits you is invaluable. Personalised training does exactly that – if you need to work out at 6am there will be a trainer that will help you with that.
9. Push you to your next level
Motivation and a gentle – sometimes shouty- encouragement to do one more!
NOTE: Personal trainer insight: we can’t count!
What is a Health Coach?
A Health Coach is a supportive mentor who partners with you to design an overall health and wellness plan that works best for you. You and your health coach will create a personalised health plan that will take you from where you are currently to where you want to be with your overall health and wellness goals.
A Health Coach will go into a detailed audit of your life including your stress at work, your family, relationships, emotional wellbeing, and physical and nutritional health. The audit is comprehensive, detailed and more personalised so that you are able to open up and share your true motivations. A skilled Health Coach will push back on your goals, asking you to reflect on what is in your best interests.
Below I have outlined 8 benefits and pillars that a Health Coach will offer you when you are looking for more in-depth health. Working with a Health Coach is a journey into holistic healing that includes your nutritional health, physical health, emotional wellbeing and spiritual guidance.
1. Nutritional health
Feel confused about what to eat? Is coffee good for you or not? What about dairy? There is no one global answer to these questions, but your Health Coach can help you navigate what is right for you. Finding your right path and whether vegan or paleo, intermittent fasting, 5:2 dieting, or little and often. A Health Coach has the answer to all these detailed and personalised questions, the in-depth audit means that the right balance for your energy levels and lifestyle will be reached. Surfing the internet won’t give you the information that is relevant to you, the application and implementation of advice will be navigated safely.
3. Physical movement
Working out in the gym is what motivates some people, a Health Coach will go wider and look at your overall activity throughout your day. HOw you sit at a desk, what you do at lunchtime and where you can add in more movement. Movement not exercise is the goal of the Health Coach. Recent research proves that getting outside and forest bathing improves your mental health.
Trees and plants release chemicals called Phytoncides that have antibacterial and antifungal qualities that help the plants to fight off disease. When you breathe in these chemicals, your body increases the number of white blood cells called natural killer cells which dramatically improves your immune function.
4. Lifestyle habits
5. Holding you steady
6. Bespoke approach to overall wellness
7. Holistic health
8. Personal growth
A Health Coach will release you from past behaviours and patterns and create a plan that includes nutritional support, movement, self-care and wellbeing strategies that last this lifetime and creates a path for those that follow you.
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