5 Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Coach or Trainer

Today is Thoughtful Thursday! I’ve gotten lots of emails this month about people wanting to know how they can get a wellness coach or personal trainer to work with them. Maybe you have a trainer or coach, well this post is still for you. Here are 5 pointers on how to gain/maintain a very valuable relationship and will tell you what to look for in a coach or a trainer. Also know that if your trainer or coach doesn’t listen your concerns at all or is constantly tardy/unprofessional, it might be time to look for another one. When you hire a fitness professional, this is what you’re getting into.

1. Understand that your trainer/coach has invested many hours, and in the case of the very experienced trainer, years in order to help their clients reach their goals. I know some trainers do have ego issues, but if yours is someone who has possibly gone to college for their education, (like I have), do not ask them if their price points and then get all sulky and non-committal when they tell you. A good trainer is certainly not free. What if you spent hours on the job only to discover that you weren’t getting paid because your boss didn’t feel like they wanted to pay your wages? That’s what I thought. Respect your trainer’s time and investment, and I assure you, they will respect yours. Know that if you want to reach your dream goals and beyond, you will have to spend money. “A dream without a plan of action and committment is just a wish.”

2.  Be teachable. Ok, so no one knows your body like you do. Understand this…there is a major difference between muscle soreness and real pain. “Unless you have real pain, do not complain.” Tell the truth about your limitations, and a qualified trainer/coach will understand and honor them, but complaning because you don’t like to get on the mat and do planks, when you have the physical ability to do planks doesn’t count. Yes, we will try to prescribe exercises you like, but there’s a very good reason to why we chose the exercises that we did. There is a science to this.  Because we care, we push you. Why did you hire a trainer? Because they have a skill set you need in order to reach your goals.  My policy is, “Praise in public, reprimand in private.” Also if you have a trainer, you don’t like their communication style, settle that with them before you complain to a different trainer and say you’re going to commit to them. A good coach/trainer  will provide you access/opportunities to resources that will empower you and not make you and not make your dependent on them.

3. If you’ve found a trainer, coach you love. Support their business by giving specific referrals.Write a review for their website. They have to pay bills too. I have a client/graduate  whoehas fed me referrals for 2 solid years, and I’m eternally  grateful to her. When I was putting my hubby through school, and money was super tight, those referrals were the reason I had business in the slow times.

4. If  we tell you we use a product, and you see results, then it’s safe to assume that we’re not just affiliated with that product for the money….it works for us….who better to get a product recommendation from right…? Trainers are the hardest  sells of all, and good trainers know what goes into a product and why it works for them. You didn’t ask because it was cheap…you asked because it works…

5. Be on time and always confirm your attendance for sessions and classes. You would be mad if you invested hours of time into your wedding, and all you got from potential guests were “maybe’s”. The same is true of your trainer/coach. Don’t waste their time. Most gyms and trainers have an attendance policy…mine is two no-show’s and you’re off my roster…permanently. This problem is so bad in my area that I decided to do online coaching and not waste my gas or put miles on my car. If you’re going to be late, then call if possible. We understand emergencies come up…but “I don’t feel like it.” doesn’t count. A biblical principle I try to live by is “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no'”.

I hope this post helps you understand the committments involved in finding the right trainer/coach for you. These points are written based on real-life experience, and what I look for in my clients. In other words,  follow the golden rule. I understand that there are “shark” trainers out there, and  they give the rest of us a bad wrap, but I try to walk with integrity with my clients, and I know many other trainers who try to do the same. This post was written on their behalf. πŸ™‚

Thanks for listening as always!

– Julie
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Shape-up Saturday: Hamstrings and Glutes

Hi There! This was originally intended to be Wednesday’s post, but when I got sick (for the first time in 6 months), this post got postponed until now. I know, I haven’t posted a workout in awhile. But that’s because I’ve been trying new things, and different resources to workout. Rarely, do I ever train this way anymore, but sometimes, it’s nice to tack on a couple of extra minutes of toning power, and this workout should only take about 5 minutes. The only equipment you need is your own body weight or a resistance band.
Frog Squat Lifts: This sounds funny I know, but it’s a butt burner, and will help get rid of that cottage cheese on the back of your legs if you clean up your diet.  Start out feet wider than shoulder width apart, with the band anchored under your feet and one end in each hand. Stand ing tall with your abs contracted and hips pulled under you. Hinge forward, and with a flat back, and keeping tension in the band, squat down like a frog, keeping your heels on the floor and stopping when your hands are a few inches from the ground. contract the muscles in the legs and glutes and push hips forward to return to standing. Repeat for reps.
Fire Hydrant Kicks: Start on all fours, abs engaged. Hold one end of the band in each hand with the middle looped on your left foot. Bring your left knee out to the side of your elbow and press against the band up and away from you, keeping your core steady. Bring your left knee bacyk towards yours elbow and repeat for reps! Repeat move with the other leg.
Glute Bridge with Band: Lie on your back, with both knees bent Place the band over your upper thighs and anchor it on both sides with your hands. Scoop your abs in, contract your glutes and lift your hips off the floor. Hold for a 3-count and lower. Repeat for reps. Make it more difficult: perform a single-leg bridge.
I loved creating this workout and hope you will enjoy it too, and although I’m a personal trainer, you’ve chosen to do this at your own risk. When in doubt, ask your physical therapist or doctor.
Keep pressin’ on weekend warriors!

Oh Sweet Heavens: A Delicious Brownie Review

Hi I hope you’ve had an awesome Saturday! We all love treats even, the “cleanest” of eaters, but did you know that you can have healthy desserts and eat them too? But before I delve any further, I just want to let you know that while I did receive free product in exchange for this post, the careful evaluation and opinions are my own.
Jillian Lama, the owner and creator of Oh-Sweet-Heavens bakery strives to create allergen-free deserts that are full of healthy Omega-3’s, protein, and nutrients that we all know we should be consuming. I was thrilled when she contacted me about reviewing her mini brownie sampler, because as many of you know…I LOVE making healthy desserts! I loved getting the box of mini brownies in the mail, and Jillian took special care to make my sampler gluten free, no bad side effects from these cute little morsels of walnutty and caramel-filled goodness. I was concerned at first that they would be dry, because as all of  you g-freeers know, baking for us is both art and exact science. These brownies were not only moist, but definitely had a real, dark chocolate taste…no sugary, fake chocolate, so if you are expecting super-sweet brownies, be fore-warned. I really did enjoy them though, and they tasted amazing with a cup of almond milk They had a great rich taste, and no strange aftertaste, as I’ve experienced with other desserts.
Jillian makes these samplers with any specifications you may desire….Egg allergies? No problem. Gluten free? No problem. And she also makes doughnuts, and a variety of other baked goods. I could also tell through our correspondence that she’s passionate about what she does, which I find to be the biggest plus. You know that when you order from business like her’s you’re going to see even better product development down the road. Also, Oh-Sweet-Heavens Bakery is in Jacksonville, North Carolina, so for those of you in-state, when you order from Jillian, you’re going to be supporting an NC-grown business. Oh, and she’s a military wife, and I am all for military and their spouses starting businesses.I personally plan to order from Oh-Sweet-Heavens in the very near future, and can’t wait to try their doughnuts. To see the full line of Jillian’s products, click on Oh-Sweet-Heavens.

These were soooo yummy! πŸ™‚         

Bon Appetit!

Julie Auler

Thoughtful, Thankful Thursday!

I’m back!!! After taking a week off for vacation, it’s not so nice to be back in the swing of things….to be honest, it’s one of those seasons where, “The testing of your faith produces patience.” And, quite frankly, I don’t know how much more testing I can take! Just keeping it real. However, I’m thankful for the time my husband and I had away from everything…because we don’t get to be on  our own time clock a lot. It was a really great chance to get to see one of my friends and coaches, Rhonda and her mom, Tina. You see, Micah and I haven’t had any money to travel until the past few months…I mean…zilch funds. We’ve been paying off debt, and really working on trying to prioritize different areas, so that one day, we can just get up and go, without dealing with the stress of finances; it’s not easy, but totally worth it. This week, I had a workout post planned for Wednesday, but decided to focus inward, not outward.

At Pearson’s Falls, NC

This week I’m thankful for:
1. Our yard getting bush-hogged – because it’s a jungle out there….LOL
2. My brother-in-law, Nate’s fiance,Amanda, moving into town!

3. My awesome Mom’s upcoming visit in 3 weeks!
4. A beautiful time in Greenville and the mountains
5. My challenger, Jennifer, who lost 9 inches in the past month!
6. My upline Ruthie, who always pushes me, and sent me a really great care package from vegas! πŸ™‚ That was so wonderful to come home to from vacation!
7. Thankful for my husband who’s always willing to try new things…like risking looking not-so-graceful while going contra dancing. πŸ™‚

Love my new fit swag! Softest t-shirt ever!

What are you thankful for? Comment below! P.S. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s sponsored post, featuring a delicious review! πŸ˜‰

– Julie Auler