There are trainers and there are coaches. What’s the difference? Personal Trainers have a bad rap. When most people think of personal trainers, they think of a young college kid who has a physique of a Greek God or Goddess, but who is probably just working their way through school before they move on to a “real career”. A Fitness Coach is a professional! They didn’t get their certification over a three-day weekend in the Yucca Room at a Holiday Inn Express. A Fitness coach is a highly trained and highly educated expert, with vast amounts of knowledge on the human body, exercise, nutrition, and psychology. Not to mention, that being a coach is their career.

Here’s an example, a Nurse is a highly respected career. In order to become a Registered Nurse, you must receive a college education in the field of Nursing and then take the National Council Licensure Examination. After becoming a RN, they must then renew their license every few years, depending on State requirements.

A true fitness coach is no different. After they receive a degree or diploma in the field of exercise science, they must then go on to take another exam in order to become a Certified Personal Trainer. Their certification must then be renewed every few years, depending on their certifying board’s requirements. Good coaches, the kind you want to work with and that work at PMF, are required to continue their education and professional growth in order to renew their certification. More importantly what makes all our PMF coaches unique is they all share the common movement screening certification and as a team follow a unique and tailored training system based both on Body Type and client movement pattern diss-function.

I can bet you $1000 you walk into most other gyms and only 3 out of 10 have top notch certifications or all share the same training philosophy or program. Most gyms and big box chains simply hire anyone that walks in with a Canfit Pro certification and somewhat of a body and is then handed a client to train.

Sometimes it depends on where the coach is working at because many smaller and more specialty like studios like PMF, MMA clubs or Gymnastic clubs for example take far more time in hiring and want to ensure the person they have working with them has the right GWC! They Get it, they Want it & They have the Capacity to exceed the clients expectations and go beyond.

Personal trainers have been painted the bad rap for years and I think the miss-conception started in the big box chains because I personally remember having to hire 35 trainers as per the bosses above me and then have to weed out 15-20 until we had the right team, and on some occasions the companies would much rather I hire multiple numbers of average to odd trainers than to fully screen them, ensure they have skill, passion, empathy and desire to help people…that was the norm. Clipboard in one hand, coffee cup in the other, fancy tight shirts and bright sneakers and standing tall with their whistles blowing out loud, is what the “Bad Trainers” painted as industry standard but thank God the times have changed.

In addition, a coach is someone that takes keeps you accountable, follows up with you, allows you to be as open and honest about very challenging and sometimes emotional stages in your life. They push you to achieve more, to reach further and to always give that extra rep even you think you cant do it yourself.

Could your workout routine use some extra help? Do you feel the your workouts seem repetitive, and challenging you enough? Do you feel you often let yourself cheat on running that extra 60 seconds in a set, pushing for those 3 extra reps or hold that plank 20 more seconds?

If so, its OK you’re HUMAN and we are here to help make that first step back into fitness easy. Click THIS LINK to set up a complimentary Discovery Call and let me give you the exact steps I feel you should take to achieve your desired fitness goals today!

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Dimitri Giankoulas

Fascinated since an early age by the potential of the human body, I have devoted my career and much of my private life to pushing beyond my own limits – and to lead others to personal health achievements greater than they thought possible. My level of commitment to each and every client is unparalleled in the industry. I try to bring energy, optimism, and pure motivational power to every one of his workout sessions. I have been in the fitness industry since 1997, working as a personal trainer, nutrition consultant, and ultimately Personal Training Director at various well-known gyms across the GTA. Combined I have over 11,000 hours of hands-on personal training experience.