When to hire a competition coach:
When to hire a coach truly depends on your goals and whether you’re going to compete to improve for the next season, or compete one time. If you decide you want to compete because it’s on your bucket list, or because you’re proud of significant weight loss or body change, hire a coach for your competition prep only.
However, if you are looking to compete as a sport, and want to make improvements when competition season is over, you need a coach long before you’re ready to prep for a competition.
A coach can objectively look at you and tell you where you need to improve, and how. This is done in the off-season, not during competition prep. Your coach also knows what the judges are looking for (or should, if they’re worth their weight). They can then design a plan to help you improve in those areas, as well as the diet necessary to make those improvements.
Most of us cannot be trusted to view ourselves objectively and know what needs improvement. Just like we can’t know what the judges are looking for if we don’t ask for their feedback after a show. (This is another topic I will address in a separate post).
If you are looking to improve your physique and do better at your next competition, you are making a grave error in not having a coach in your off season (improvement season). If you are hiring a coach for competition prep only, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. By only hiring a coach for prep, you are basically hiring someone for fat loss. Because, let’s admit it, competition prep is basically nothing more than losing fat while trying to preserve the muscle you’ve built in your off season.
By having a coach during your improvement season, your coach can learn how your body responds to different foods and exercises. They can learn how your metabolism functions and whether you lean out quickly or slowly. By knowing that, they are better equipped to judge how long your prep for your next competition should be, and how it should be designed.
Don’t shortchange yourself and only hire a coach to help you get lean for your competition. Let them do the job they are meant to do – let them help you build the winning physique you want.
Now go find a coach! (But, make sure they’re GOOD and know what they’re doing!)
Happy improvement season my fellow competitors!