I have tried every single way I know of to lose weight and get into great shape. I have done it on my own. I have used a personal trainer. I have used a contest preparation coach. There are distinct differences between each approach and today I want to describe the benefits of using a coach.
Doing it On Your Own
When most people decide they need to get into shape they make an attempt at doing it themselves. For many that works, but for most it does not. It is all about how well you can motivate yourself. However, I believe that even if you are great at motivating yourself you still need a coach of some kind. Accountability alone is worth it. You can only do so much. It is too easy to lie to yourself.
Using a Personal Trainer
This one is hard. Personal trainers know a lot about exercise execution, but usually not much more than that. In order to get in great shape you need help with exercise, nutrition and mindset. These are things that most personal trainers are not equipped to handle. You have to decide what your needs are and how to best meet them.
Using a Preparation Coach
These guys know everything about body transformation. Some refer to themselves as body recomposition specialists. Whatever the title, I have found that working with one of these people virtually guarantees success. A preparation coach will prepare a nutrition plan for you and will modify it as needed. They will set you up on an exercise program and will change that up as needed. They will work with you on your mindset.
By working with a coach you will hit all areas of your body transformation with one person. They will know all the struggles you are going through and will know exactly how to help you. Just think…someone who understands how your body responds to carbs and cardio. Someone who knows that low carb makes you uber grouchy. They can help head off problems before they become a problem.
To me, the coach made the entire process bearable. I hear all the time how preparing for a contest (or going through a transformation) is so grueling, but I didn't find it that bad. My coach got me through it with minimal effort. Thus, I would recommend a coach.