The fitness industry is full of trainers – people who guide you through a series of movements over a session – some trainers are personal trainers, others work in a group class setting.

But I’m a coach, not a trainer. Here’s where I see the difference:

When you come into my studio, I want to get to know YOU – what’s your background, how are you feeling today, what sports have you done in the past, what aches, what are your goals, what gets you excited, what’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast…I don’t want to just have you in for an hour and send you on your way. I want to know enough about you to know where to push you, where to back off, and figure out what you’re capable of.

I want you to improve, not just get a workout in. It’s easy to have you come in, do something for an hour, and feel like you checked off the workout box for the day. I actually want to see you eventually pick up a heavier kettlebell, I want to see you do a better push up, I want to see you run a faster 5k time. That takes commitment beyond an hour of class  time.

To me, that’s the difference between trainers and coaches – trainers can get you through your group class and on with your day, but being a coach requires establishing a relationship that transcends the gym – everything you do outside directly translates to what you’re doing in the gym, on the track, etc. As your coach, I care about the whole picture, not just that hour in the day.

So yea – I’m your coach, not your trainer.