Professional coach is undoubtedly a buzzword that has caught on in a big way. But what exactly does it mean to be a professional? Does it just mean you’re able to make a professional wage?
We’ll break it all down in a minute, but here’s our definition of what it means to be a professional coach.
A professional fitness coach is educated and experienced in delivering consistent success and results to their clients. Delivering unique value to each of their clients ensures a professional fitness coach earns a full-time wage, making it possible for coaching to be a full-time career. A professional fitness coach is consistently teaching, learning, moving, and creating. What’s more, professional coaches move the profession forward by teaching their coaches and clients how to be autonomous in and out of the gym.
It’s no secret we’re facing a health crisis today. From obesity to Type 2 diabetes to hypertension and heart disease, a large chunk of the population suffers from life-threatening, yet reversible, health conditions.
The problem: Today, when we think of professional careers, things like engineer, accountant, lawyer, physiotherapist come to mind. But Fitness coaching doesn’t.
Some of the keys, as laid out by OPEX Fitness CEO Carl Hardwick, to turning fitness coaching into a true professional carer include:
The key performance indicators that need to be tracked (and are required for the coach to earn a professional wage) include:
Check out this podcast with OPEX coaches Carl Hardwick and Georgia Smith for more on becoming a professional coach.
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It is also a skill that can be learned.
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