Set up a phone call where you can ask questions.
Here are some key questions to ask and red flags to look for:
What Is Your Method Of Diet?
If they give you some formulaic xyz method, they’re not right for you. A good coach should not use a cookie-cutter diet for all their clients. It should be customized to meet your specific goals and daily lifestyle.If you have a hard time following a plan, tell them that. Make sure they can make a plan that fits your lifestyle.For example, I travel a lot so I cannot always make my own meals. I need someone who can help me make smart substitutions on the road.
What Are Some Key Aspects Of Your Program?
If you hear the words endless hours of cardio, no carbs, and water depletion, run! This is a recipe for disaster and metabolic damage.
When Working Remotely, Always Ask: How Often Should I Check In?
A coach should have you send progress pictures and weigh in at least once each week.
What Do You Think Some Realistic Goals Are For Me?
Make sure you tell them your goals (lose weight, gain muscle, step on stage, etc.) and timing, and see if they can work with you on that.
If you’re not meeting in person, send current pictures—front, back, and side—at the beginning of the program.
What Are Your Rates?
Rates can be as low as $100/month to as high as $500/month, so be sure to get a few quotes on this, but don’t go off rate alone! Make sure the coach you choose is a good fit for you.
What Is Your Policy On Phone Calls And Check-Ins?
I think it helps when a coach is always available via text. While they might not be able to respond immediately, they should be able to answer when they have a moment.
How Hands-On Are You?
I like a coach who is invested—someone who will answer questions throughout the week and motivate me when I’m feeling down. If our personalities don’t match, it won’t work.
Coaches often become as close as family, so choose wisely. If they’re remote, start with a phone call. If they’re local, meet in person.
Do You Help With Posing and Suit Choices?
While it’s not necessary, advice on suit color and posing can be helpful—especially if you’re new to the sport.