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Fitness Trainer July/August 2017

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1. A Stellar Resume Personally, I think a great coach should bring academic, as well as athletic credentials. Being published while having been, or being, a good ath- lete would be an ideal combination. I understand this is not always doable, but we are talking about a great coach here so let's have some standards. Someone who has walked the walk as a competi- tive athlete will have an easier time relating to the dietary struggles of the client, while being able to write shows that you have understood the matter well enough to pass the knowledge onto others. 2. Produces Results in Clients This is obviously a given. But there is more to it: How are the results achieved? By using drugs and overly restrictive diets? If so, this approach is not sustainable and I would label it as bad coaching. Results need to be achieved in a feasible, easy-to- maintain manner. 3. Ability to Read the Client On a day-to-day basis, a good coach should be like a great tank commander (being German, I could not help it). (S)he should be able to change tactics as (s)he sees fit by what is happening on the front line, without giving up on the strategic goal. Cli- ent had a day from hell? No need to cancel the leg workout, but maybe 10x10 squats would not be the best of ideas. So one would not give up on train- ing legs altogether, but tweak the workout with something that makes sense that day. 4. Ability to Educate the Client To be a great coach, one has to be able to pass on information to the client in a way that does not seem patronizing or top-down, but makes the cli- ent want to apply the information because (s)he feels it would be beneficial, as opposed to wanting to please the coach. 5. Lifts Others Up A truly great coach puts others first. Nobody wants to hear how you build your physique or what you did back when you were great, un- less there is something that will help the client. Coaching is about improving the client, not re- telling war stories. 6. Shares Knowledge Generously A great coach is not motivated by revenue dol- lars and Facebook likes, but acts as a promoter of exercise and nutrition. One way is to be an active contributor on public forums by exposing free content to a broad base of mostly non-paying clients. - MW 6 Signs of a Great Coach Maik Wiedenbach A two-time World Cup & Olympic- level swimmer from Germany, Maik Wiedenbach is one of the most sought-after celebrity personal trainers based in New York City. Since obtaining his NASM, BSA & AFPA certifications, Maik has quickly established himself as a respected fitness, bodybuilding and nutrition expert within the industry. Maik is the author of multiple books and articles on health and fitness, as well as being a featured consultant on several print and digital publications. Currently, Maik teaches training and nutrition at New York University and owns a fitness and catering company servicing New York City and East Hampton. For more information, please visit or Tools of the Trade

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