“You will be the same person you are today in five years from now except for the people you meet and the books you read” -Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

How to Choose a Trainer, Coach, or Mentor
by Doug Grady

Let me tell you about a friend of mine. His name is Day Adeogba. I first met Day one week into a re-commitment to exercise after being fairly sedentary for several months. It was a Saturday morning “boot camp” that a friend had invited me to. The workout was extremely challenging, to say the least. Some of the exercises I was physically incapable of, others I struggled through. I made it through the hour (barely) without getting sick or passing out. Since that time I have worked out with Day an average of at least once a week for about 23 weeks as of this writing. I’m absolutely certain I have made progress with him that I would not have made on my own.

Here’s why:
1. He has the knowledge I do not have.
2. He has a level of health and fitness I do not- this provides both inspiration and an example of what is possible.
3. He leads exercises I don’t do on my own (many of which I would never have thought of).
4. His expectations of me are often higher than I set for myself.
5. He has a scoring system which monitors and encourages progress.
6. His workouts are so challenging that I tend to push myself harder when exercising on my own.
7. No matter how much progress I make, he always throws something in that is extremely challenging or at times beyond my current capabilities.

The above criteria may be helpful for you when choosing a trainer, a mentor, or coach. Our natural tendency quite often is to push ourselves only to a certain point. With good people around us, we can exponentially expand our personal and professional growth and create breakthrough results.