Finding a good coach online can kind of be like finding a good restaurant in a strange neighborhood in NYC. While it's not a guarantee, a premium price is usually a good indicator that it at least won't suck. From there, though, it's anyones guess. There are a million and one choices out there and you never know who is good and who is full of shit. You could look at Yelp but you know that anyone who posts a review there is either crazy, unemployed with too much time on their hands, or both. So you go with the best looking sign and pretty outdoor seating and all you get from it is a mediocre meal and a nasty case of food poisoning. At least you didn't get Hepatitis.
It might not be easy but finding a good coach will change your life. And it doesn't have to be so hard. Here are 5 things to look for in a coach:
Passion is a non-negotiable trait in a Coach. I'm not saying they need to wake up all roses and sunshine every freakin day but they sure as shit better be champion at the bit to get out of bed and make people better. You have enough to deal with in your life: job, relationships, kids. One of my pivotal roles as a coach is to make sure that when you don't want to do it I can help you find that desire.
2. Experience (with your population)
I think it goes without saying that a coach should have experience. What a lot of people fail to realize, however, is that not all experience is created equal. I specialize in creative professionals looking to better themselves through strength. We utilize modalities familiar to the sports of Strongman, Powerlifting, and Bodybuilding. Yet, if I were to have a client sign up for coaching through Brooklyn Strong and interested in prepping for a bodybuilding competition I would refer them out to one of the coaches that specialize in bodybuilders. It is a specific population that requires a specific focus.
This is simple. If you are going to be spending time with someone (either in the gym for personal training or online) you damn sure better like them. We all have had that coworker that makes us want to take a header out of the 33rd floor window overtime they enter the conference room. Do you really want to pay "that guy" to ride your ass after work and make sure you are working out and eating right? Didn't think so.
If you want to succeed on a transformational journey of self, whether it be mental physical or spiritual; trust in the process is a necessity. The perfect program, the quintessential diet, the groundbreaking mindset shifts are all useless if you don't believe that they will work. The mind is a powerful thing. It will either lead you home or lead you astray. Find someone you trust.
5. Results Based
The most important part of all of this is the end result. If your coach doesn't have a track record of helping others to get what you want then how do you expect them to help you? And as much as no one likes to say it; if your coach looks like shit then what does that say about their own level of commitment? I'm not saying that they need to have ripped abs year round or traps on their traps, but they should look like they lift. I get incensed with the "strength coaches" that claim that they don't have time to train because they are too busy studying or reading. I have plenty of friends who are MDs, PhDs, CEOs, and more that are in great shape. Don't let a trainer weasel his or her way out by saying they don't have time.