Is the coach bad?

Do I need a coach for a beginner?

On the one hand, it is quite difficult to learn the technique of training independently, and the beginner needs the help of a professional coach, but on the other hand, most coaches are engaged in one thing: knocking out money from their trainers.

In fact, it is beneficial for them that you progress as slowly as possible, completely disaccustomed to train independently, and do only what he tells you. In addition, it is desirable that you did not try to evaluate its competence, since it is not available.

How to determine if the coach is good?

Obviously, not all coaches are the same, and not all of them are charlatans who do not have experience. But, unfortunately, in Russia there are no serious schools, training coaches, and all the trainings held in the fitness clubs themselves are aimed at how to make money.

In order to understand if the coach has the necessary professional level, you first need to abstract from his promises to create the ideal body for you in a month of training, and critically look at the technique of his work. Below you will find 5 basic check points.

1. Individual program

Often the coach insists that you need an individual program, which he will gladly make. In this case, first ask for a test lesson, then take the time to think, and do yourself an assessment of how it works with other customers.

If it performs similar exercises with all its clients, it is obvious that the program is very non-individual. In general, imposing a program is the first step to doing everything so that you can not train without its precious help.

2. Assistance in training

The most trivial way to bind to a client is to create a program of exercises that will necessarily require help or insurance. In this case, you will not be able to refuse his services after he has made the program for money.

If the coach teaches you the exercises, and you understand that you can not repeat these exercises without his help - immediately refuse. Insist that you want to improve the technique of performing basic exercises, and others you do not need and are not interesting.

3. Exercise Technique

The easiest way to assess whether the trainer is learning the right technique is to look at the back curvature of his other trainees. For example, with a deadlift, the back should not be too curved or too straight - the deflection should always be natural.

Also appreciate whether the trainer is using the appropriate weight with other customers. If you see that they literally pull the weight out of their last strength, and he encourages them with a cry instead of adjusting the technique - do not even think that he will be able to teach you.

4. Nutritional advice

As we have repeatedly written, nutrition is more than half in building muscle. So if the coach asks what you ate, then that's right. But if he is satisfied with the answer in the spirit of "chicken in the morning, banana in the evening" - turn around and leave.

Remember that the choice of products is not as important as their quantity and method of preparation. Obviously, there is a difference between 200 grams of chicken breast per pair and one kilogram of chicken-grilled - although yes, and the first and second course you can call chicken.

5. Sports nutrition tips

If the coach mentions the brand of sports nutrition, first check on the Internet - if this is a major brand, then trust. If it is "a novelty from a domestic manufacturer that will break the market" - do not even think of buying. He gets a percentage for the recommendation.

The same applies to store recommendations. Once he calls you a place where you can buy sports nutrition, conclude that he cares not about your interests, but about your own. Especially if he suggests calling your name and getting a discount.


Often the goal of the coach is not that you achieve the result, but that you spend money. Be critical of advice, and do not be afraid to refuse services. Their advice how to distinguish a bad coach, you can leave in the comments.