There’s three little words every performance coach worth their salt should tell you. If they don’t it’s time to find a new one, says Dr Layne Norton
Dr Layne Norton is a physique coach and natural pro bodybuilder and powerlifter, who holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences. He is based in Tampa, Florida.
How do you know it’s time to hire a new coach? My number one sign is if they have never told you the three magic words: I don’t know.
I promise you that no matter how smart someone is they don’t know everything. I have told every single client at some point those three words in response to a question. I will try my best to find out the answer, or refer them on to someone who does.
If all your coach says in response to your questions is ‘because I said so’, that’s not an acceptable answer. That level of arrogance is very dangerous because it means they are never going to shoot you a straight answer. That’s not ok when they are in complete control of what you do in the gym and what food you put in your body.
Other warning signs are that they take days to get back to your questions and if they are more concerned about money than your progress. You do need to weigh up how much you are prepared to pay versus the level of service you want. If you pay $50 a month then you can’t expect to get anything other than a generic plan.
Think of your body like a car that needs fixing. If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, try hiring an amateur.
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