Coaching Is Not a Hobby

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In this fitness business, the word “coach” gets tossed around more than a tithing bucket on a Sunday. It’s important to recognize this overuse, because the word denotes a job, as well as a certain set of requirements. If the job description is not met consistently, then we are an industry with no standard. As such, our reputation and our ability to help people diminishes greatly.


What Coaching Is

With the popularity of “functional fitness” and group training exploding over the past decade and a half, we have lost touch with what it actually takes to call ourselves coaches. Unfortunately, the word is not standardized like the term “doctor” or some other title that requires a specific amount of formal education followed by strenuous testing.


I tend to agree that there should never be a federally regulated accreditation process for coaches. This would raise the cost and the access of quality training. Our goal as fitness professionals should be first and foremost to help people. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t charge what we are worth, but the bottom line cost should be affordable to most. We don’t need a governing body of fat bureaucrats deciding for us what a “coach” is based off of how much money Coca-Cola gives them. But we do need a strong community that does not settle for misuse of the title.


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