I recently came across a post on social media from a well known fitness ‘influencer’. They stated that “If your coach has a coach, it’s time to get a new coach”.
If the endless posts showing off their own abs, badly plugged products and tired fitness tropes wasn’t enough to put me off them, this certainly was. They went on to say that if your coach is getting advice on strength and conditioning from someone else, they clearly don’t know what they’re doing, and that you shouldn’t be employing them.
What a load of bollocks.
Coaches are people too (so I’m told) and their reasons for having a coach themselves are probably exactly the same as everyone else. They may want a different perspective on their training, need someone to be accountable to, or simply want a little external motivation. You know, the things we tell people they need a coach for.
On top of that, most coaches have areas of special interest or expertise that they focus on. So what should they do if faced with a question, client or situation that they are unsure about? Clearly if they have a brain they need to ask someone else for help, or even refer the client on to someone with a more specific skill set. Most coaches who have been around for long enough to build a good reputation will have a network of other coaches, practitioners and therapists to consult. Whether this is asking a question about different area of expertise, getting together for some CPD or simply discussing some new research or data, this is really important.
I don’t have a million followers, a protein shake sponsorship, or visible abs. Nevertheless I’d go so far as to say “If your coach thinks they already know everything, it’s time for a new coach”.