3 things every successful fitness coach does

3 Things Every Successful Fitness Coach Does

These are the 3 Things Every Successful Fitness Coach Does every day… How many are you doing?

What makes for a successful fitness coach? It’s not just about “what you know”… it’s also about what you do (every day).

Here are some of the practices successful fitness coaches use to get results:

You know the type of fitness coach I’m talking about…

It’s the coach that seems to have to it altogether.

They have a long waiting list of eager prospects. Their client results are always impressive. They make great money doing what they love. And, just to make us all a little more jealous, they make it look effortless.

Welcome to the successful fitness coach.

What is it that makes these coaches so special?

Is it their training? Their hard work and commitment? Their passion? Or do they know something most others don’t?

The answer to all of those question is… yes.

Successful Fitness coaches do know something most don’t. But it’s not just knowledge. It’s a set of practices they work on daily.

And this set of practices helps them get better at forming strong relationships with their clients, fostering change, and improving their craft.

Here are the active habits that set successful fitness coaches apart from the rest.

1️⃣ Advanced Coaches ask ‘WHY’, (Again… and again… and again.)

You’ve probably seen it a million times.

New clients get a taste for how hard it is to change their eating habits, do the extra 10 squats, run another mile, and rearrange their lives for all of it… and suddenly they don’t want it so badly, after all.

Successful Fitness coaches have a way of inspiring their clients—in every single session—to want the hard work. They know how to unlock their clients’ deeper motivation, sense of purpose, and inner fire.

How do they do this?

For one thing, they know how to ask their clients WHY.

To practice this:

Dive three questions deep!  Here’s how it works:

When establishing goals with your clients, you ask them WHY.

Q: “Why do you want to accomplish this?”
A: “Because I want to lose weight.”

Then, whatever answer they come up with, you ask WHY AGAIN.

Q: “And why do you want to lose weight in the first place?”
A: “Because I used to be thinner and am embarrassed by how heavy I’ve gotten.”

Then, whatever answer they come up with, you ask WHY AGAIN.

Q: “And why are you embarrassed about how heavy you have gotten?”
A: “Because I worry my wife doesn’t find me attractive anymore!”

Continue asking why for a total of three times. It’s surprisingly challenging—and amazingly effective at getting to people’s core motivations.

2️⃣ Advanced coaches practice the basics.

Bruce Lee said: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

The successful Fitness Coach is willing to practice techniques—even the basic ones—again and again, so they can move towards true mastery. Instead of practicing the same kick over and over, maybe you are practicing programming or periodization over and over.

They take this approach to their clients, too, helping them put their own foundation in place and acquire the skills they need to succeed in sustainable change.

To practice this approach:

Go back to basics with something you enjoy doing and consider yourself ‘pretty good’ at. Think back to the very first skills you learned to do that thing.

If you’re a boxer, for example, consider your stance, your hip movement, or your jab. Could you benefit from drills focusing on your core techniques?

Or, if you once struggled with planning an 8 week plan for your client, have you stopped doing this for new clients? Do you still avoid writing out an overview or not know where to start? Would you benefit from practicing the basics of periodisation?

Pick one elemental thing you could take from ‘good’ to ‘great’ or ‘great’ to ‘positively killer.’ Then work on improving that one thing. Solicit help from a colleague or peer if you like.

It may feel weird to act as a beginner again, but by doing so, you’re on your way to mastery.

3️⃣ Advanced coaches ask for help.

If you’re coaching other people, it only makes sense that you’ve experienced coaching yourself.

After all, if you’ve never been coached through something, you can’t possibly understand what your clients are experiencing, thinking, and feeling.

Advanced coaches know this. They seek out mentorship and get coaching themselves. Sometimes it’s not even fitness related. It might be for their business, or their personal life (like how to be a better parent or partner), or a hobby they’re particularly passionate about.

The important thing is that that they are willing to ask for help, to make themselves vulnerable, to go through the process of change… just like their clients.

And they know how powerful that process of change can be.

To practice this approach:

Make your coaching checklist.

What areas of expertise do you seek?

  • Nutritional science?
  • Coaching psychology?
  • Business strategy?
  • Professional development?
  • General life wisdom?

What kind of a mentor or coach would you like?

  • What kind of a person are they?
  • What sort of reputation do they have?
  • What would you want them to show you or tell you in order for you to feel they were the “right fit.”

Now think about people in your life (whether paid professionals, colleagues or friends) who may fit your criteria. If someone springs to mind, great. Ask if they’d be willing to lend their expertise and support to the thing you’d like help with.

Or if you need to do more research, that’s cool too.

What to do next:

Pick one of the practices.

Give some thought to which of these practices you’d like to try out for yourself.

Be an observer.

As you’re coaching, be aware of your style. Are you speaking and giving advice when you could be asking questions? Are you actually hearing what your client has to say, or rushing to find the answer?

Don’t judge yourself too harshly—just start building awareness, for now. That way you can start to get clear on what you’d like to improve upon.

Ask for help if you need it.

Moving from being ‘a good coach’ to being ‘an elite coach’ takes a lot of work, and it can’t be done alone. Look for people you can learn from. Maybe it’s a community member, an old mentor, or an experienced friend.

Want strategies to level up your coaching?

It’s no secret that the most successful fitness coaches develop over time, through education and consistent practice, usually under the guidance of a mentor or coach.

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Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you on the next blog, or in the classroom

Dedicated to your learning,


Parallel Coaching

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