The difference between an average trainer and a great coach


Working as a personal trainer is a job that requires multiple qualities. Technical skill and book knowledge is not enough to be successful in the industry and often times having a likeable personality makes a fitness professional a lot more popular than posessing a lot of anatomy knowledge.

So what makes some fitness professionals rise to become well respected coaches and others not? Let's begin by defining what we consider being the main differences between a trainer and a coach;

Trainer; "Someone who prescribes exercises with or without any particular goal or purpose or supervises workouts, often for the sole purpose of conditioning and making people tired. Seldom or never asks questions that goes beyond what happens in the gym".

Coach: "A professional that follows principles and has a system behind the methods used to improve multiple areas of performance (physical and mental) by asking questions, critical thinking and sharing knoweldge that expand beyond the gym and positively impacts behaviour, nutrition and mindset".