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Understanding the Distinction: Personal Trainer vs. Fitness Coach

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Personal Trainer versus Fitness Coach

Yup, there’s a difference.

The Difference Between Personal Trainer vs. Fitness Coach

Working with a fitness coach gets better results, with fewer injuries and with lasting lifestyle changes. Making the right decision can determine whether or not you succeed in becoming as fit as possible.

A fitness coach is client-centered and understands the difference between what a client wants and what that client needs. Focusing on the hidden problems that hinders a client from reaching their ultimate goals, and knows how to solve those problems.

The difference between a personal trainer vs. fitness coach is that a personal trainer may blitz a weight loss goal by burning as many calories as possible, as quick as possible. The nutrition advice given may be as restrictive as that client can possibly endure to speed up this weight loss process,

Initially this type of programming could work, and the client will see changes and results, but eventually this client’s mindset will weaken. They may experience injuries, and will more than likely be done with feeling so exhausted after each session that they fall asleep in the car before leaving the parking lot.

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Fitness Coach

A fitness coach will anchor their programming on the foundational movement patterns, followed by increasing strength with exercises that complement each of those movement pattern.

A fitness coach will change the client’s mindset by making sure the they understand how to eat for performance instead of eating with restrictions. Good food choices such as leaner protein and veggies will always benefit them over high fat and sugar processed foods.

Fitness coaches strive to get clients to appreciate exercise, not to view it as a chore. If they say they feel less and less pain in their knees when they climb a flight of stairs, or when they don’t feel winded after carrying groceries from their car into the house you know they are beginning to enjoy the process.

When trying to understand the distinction of a Personal Trainer vs. Fitness Coach, the goal is to help people for the long-term, not just for quick fix for the client’s problems. They seek answers to their client’s problems to strengthen any deficiencies they may have because they are in the fitness business for the long haul. The bigger the challenge, the higher they rise!

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Fitness Coaching

When hiring a fitness coach, you are paying for a knowledge base, accountability, guidance, support, and inspiration.

A certified coach is someone who is trained in creating and implementing safe and effective exercise programs for their clients.

In other words, they’ll help you train and execute other lifestyle changes to reach your fitness goal.

A few benefits of hiring a Fitness Coach are:

  •  Increases Accountability

  •  Increases Consistency

  •  Clarity With Goal Setting

  •  Customized Programming Based On Your Individual Needs, Goals and Lifestyle

  •  Boosts Your Confidence and Mental Health While Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle Change

If you are ready to level up your lifestyle, let us create and incorporate a strength training program that is tailored to your current fitness level, environment, lifestyle and specific health and fitness goals.


Click ..., and I will personally contact you to set up a complimentary Fitness Success Chat so we can get you started ASAP!


Ever felt the frustration of endless fitness fads and quick fixes?

It's time for a game-changer.

Balancing work, life, and health goals is tough.

Enter online personal training - the solution you've been searching for!

Online Fitness Coaching has been on the rise over the last few years, so I’m going to go over the benefits to allow you to make better-informed decisions to decide if it's a good fit for you.

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Online Personal Trainer App



You can train anytime with any fitness equipment you have available to you. If you do not have any fitness equipment available, no problem. You can still train without any equipment available using bodyweight for resistance.


One of the beautiful things about Online Fitness Coaching is that you can train anywhere your heart desires. You can train at your local gym or park, work, community or apartment fitness center and even in the comfort of your own home.


You have the ability to choose the coach that you feel gives you the best opportunity to reach all of your health and fitness goals, while also choosing the right personality of your ideal coach.

Do you want a cheerleader who will remind you of how awesome you are for making the effort, or do you need a stern, drill sergeant-type who is more likely to tell you to go harder, faster, and heavier than congratulate you on each small victory?

Either one (and anything in between) is fine! Clients are more successful when they received ongoing social support from their coach. On the other hand, some clients might be self-sufficient when it comes to motivation and gel with a coach who encourages autonomy.


Not everyone can afford one-on-one gym sessions. Especially if you want to train more than once a week, fitness coaching can have a pretty hefty price tag. But most online fitness coaches charge a lot less for online coaching than in-person sessions. In some cases, you might find that an ENTIRE MONTH OF ONLINE COACHING IS LESS THAN ONE HOUR OF ONE-ON-ONE, IN-PERSON TRAINING. Your investment in your fitness stretches out a lot longer.


Not all online fitness coaching will offer Nutrition Coaching along with the fitness programming. However, some online coaches will offer nutrition coaching as well for a well-rounded and complete health and fitness program.

This is where you can make sure that you are covering both fitness and nutrition all in one place and with one coach. Exercise and nutrition always go hand-in-hand when anyone discusses health and fitness because they are both important to maintaining optimal health, especially when they work together.

Exercising uses a lot of your body’s resources and those need to be replenished.

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Online Personal Training


EASY Slow Cooker Chicken

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken

Here’s a perfect recipe to use while meal prepping. Shredded chicken is a wonderful source of protein that can be packed with different veggies and salads for an endless combination of flavors!

What you needServings: 6

4 boneless, skinless chicken breastsDash of salt and pepper2 cups fresh salsa1 lime, sliced into wedges for serving


1. Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Top with the salsa, cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

2. Shred the chicken and mix into the salsa juices. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy in tacos, enchiladas, on salad or on sweet potato or on cauliflower rice or quinoa!


One serving equals:

119 calories

2g fat

560mg sodium

5g carbohydrates

1g fiber

2g sugar

20g protein.

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