How to Build a Training Support Network to Become Unstoppable
When you want to adopt a fitness routine and change your lifestyle, mindset is everything. Having a clear goal and knowing that you can do it is what will get you of bed on mornings when you’re exhausted and what will push you through the toughest workouts.
Aside from having a goal, you also need a support system. When you want to trade pizza for salmon and broccoli, it helps when your spouse jumps on board with you, and the same thing is true when you want to start a fitness routine. You need to build a training support network so you can become unstoppable, and there are four types of people who will be very important to enlist on your fitness journey.
Why You Need A Coach
When you want to commit to your workouts, you need a coach.
Coaches matter because they will inspire you to give each workout your all. They will make sure that every workout is worth it and that you see the results that you want, and they will motivate you to keep going. If you’re struggling with finding a fitness routine that sticks or you aren’t sure how to do certain exercises and movements correctly, then you want to hire a coach or work with a personal trainer at a gym.
Here’s what to look for in a coach:
- Training: you want a coach who is well-versed in regeneration and recovery
- A realistic training schedule: your body needs time recover so a coach should understand the importance of rest days and not overtraining
- Personality: someone who is motivating and makes each workout enjoyable
- Support: your coach should be on your side and believe in you
- A connected coach with a network: you want someone who can refer you to a specialist that can benefit your training (for example, a functional specialist, massage therapist, nutritionist, etc.)
- Someone who has seen it all in terms of excuses: your coach should know why people don’t stick to a fitness routine (they say they’re tired, they don’t feel like leaving the house, it’s hard, etc.) and motivate you to keep going
Coaches will help you reach your goals. Find someone who understands where you’re coming from (you’re busy and don’t have a lot of time to work out because you’re juggling work and parenthood, for example). You want someone who always makes you feel like you can do anything that you put your mind to. If a coach puts down your goals or isn’t on the same page as you, then you want to find someone who you connect with better.
How To Find A Tribe Of Like-Minded Individuals
You’ve probably heard that if you want to succeed in life, you have to find your tribe. This is particularly true when you want to start living a healthy lifestyle and incorporating regular workouts into your weeks.
Finding a tribe of like-minded individuals is important because these are the people who will push you to be your best self. They will encourage you to make it to your workouts instead of suggesting that you skip them in favor of happy hour. Meeting people who share your mindset is also important because you will actually look forward to making it to the gym since you will love the friendships that you develop, and working out will be more fun.
Here are some qualities that you want in a tribe:
- Common goals: having a goal helps you relate to other people and make friends and connections
- A positive attitude and mindset: you don’t want your tribe to be full of people who make negative comments and complain about going to the gym
- People who are competitive with themselves, not others: you want to work out with people who expect the best from themselves and push themselves instead of competing with you
Whether your goal is improving stamina during workouts, fat loss, or getting stronger, this is the most important thing when it comes to finding a supportive and awesome tribe.
The best way to find others who as committed to their fitness journey as you are? Join a gym and find a supportive community. You might have to try a few different gyms before you find a place where you feel truly comfortable.
Finding A Massage Therapist
Going hard at the gym is great, but there is one thing that you will start to notice: some aches and pains start creeping in.
You want to work with a massage therapist to help with the muscle soreness that you will start to experience after workouts. Massage therapists can help clients feel less stressed out and they will assist with any injuries that occur.
Your goal can help you find the right massage therapist for you. Maybe you want to de-stress from your busy lifestyle, so you would want to find someone who is on the same page as you. You want to hire someone with training who specializes in “sports massage” or “medical massage.”
Here’s why you want to hire a specialist in sports massage:
- You want to hire someone who works with athletes regularly so they understand the demands of your training schedule
- Sports massage is designed to help with injuries (and stop new injuries from occurring) so you can keep working out and don’t get sidelined
- You could find that you are more flexible, stronger, and your blood pressure is lower after regular sports massage appointments
- Sports massage is especially good after heavy and intense training or an event
Why You Want To Hire A Nutritionist
Paleo, Keto, low-carb, low-fat, vegan: it can be confusing to know what way of eating is actually considered “healthy.” That’s why it can be helpful to hire a nutritionist. You may have heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen” and that is why it’s a good idea to work on your diet and your fitness at the same time.
You want to hire a nutritionist because they will give you a meal plan to follow, give you with grocery shopping advice, and help you reach your goals (weight loss, eating more protein, getting more energy, etc).
Here’s how a nutritionist can help you with your fitness goals:
- They can help you figure out what to eat pre- and post-workout
- They can help you understand the three macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) and why you need all three
- They can answer any questions that you have and also motivate you to keep looking after your nutrition
- They help you understand that living a healthy (and unstoppable) lifestyle is the combination of good, proper nutrition and regular workouts
Types of Nutrition Specialists
There are two types of nutritionists: registered dietitians and nutritionists (who might also call themselves “holistic nutritionists). What’s the difference? The specific training.
What is the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist?
Here’s what you should know about dietitians:
- Their training includes a bachelor’s degree, at least 1,200 hours of work at a relevant institution (ex. A healthcare facility), an exam in order to receive the official RD credentials, and annual courses to keep their training up to date
- They can work in health care (ex. hospitals) and education
- They work with people to treat eating disorders or health conditions
Here’s what you should know about nutritionists:
- Technically, anyone can work as a nutritionist because the field is not regulated
- If they want the CNS (Certified Nutrition Specialist) title, they have to work for 1,000 hours in the field, take an exam, and have a Masters degree in nutrition
- They work with people who want lifestyle advice and to change certain habits
Who to Hire
You can figure out which one to hire based on your specific needs. For example, if you have a certain health condition (asthma, a thyroid condition, etc.) you might look for a dietitian who can put you on a specific meal plan and give you recommendations for supplements.
If you want advice about your daily habits (for example, you want to drink more water, eat more green vegetables, and have more energy for workouts), you can hire a nutritionist since that is exactly what they specialize in.
When you’re hiring a nutritionist or dietitian, you want to make sure that you feel comfortable talking to this person about your goals and dreams, much like you want to feel comfortable with your coach.
Take a 360-Degree Approach
When you want to build a training support network to become unstoppable, you can look for these four types of people: inspiring coaches, a positive tribe, massage therapists who specialize in sports massage, and a dietitian or nutritionist who meets your needs. You can also make your support network even bigger by hiring a functional movement specialist who will help your muscles become better adapted to daily movements (for example, sitting down and standing back up).