The Differences Between Leaders and Coaches

Chris Abbott

Think back to the last time you had a conversation with someone you look up to and seek advice from, like your mentor, or a close friend or family member. What stands out about that person to you? Is it the way they communicate with you, the advice or experience they share with you, or how smart they are? Or, is it something else altogether?


I ask these questions to get you thinking, because today I want to share some things I’ve learned in being a part of Precision Nutrition’s Level 2 Master Class, a 52-week course that has completely flipped the script for me on what it means to be a leader in our field.


As coaches, trainers, and independent gym owners, we are the shapers and movers of the health and fitness industry. We are the ones who are helping shape stronger, healthier, happier lives for our clients. Whether you know it or not, we are also mentors, close friends, and the ones people come to for advice. We’re in a position of power.


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A career as a coach or trainer is a never ending opportunity to learn, grow, and re-invent yourself.


You don’t get to pick the problems you solve because everyone who you come across is different: Different genders, ages, fitness levels, disposable time, disposable income, and almost always unsure of their commitment.


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