Page last updated: February 2018 by Oskar Faarkrog, ISSA Certified Trainer
Is coaching a must? Not at all.
I personally never had a coach and I still shredded 60 pounds of fat and gained more than 40 pounds of muscle.
However, before I got these results, I spent 2 years following free bodybuilding advice online and doing all the wrong things:
- Training with heavy weights.
- Eating a high protein and low carb diet.
- Doing a lot of cardio.
Now, that doesn’t mean that all free advice is bad!
There’s plenty of great advice out there (especially on my blog SkinnyFatTransformation.com), but the issue with free advice is that there’s so much of it, and most of it isn’t optimal for your unique situation.
For example, doing a minimalistic routine of diamond push ups, pull ups and bodyweight squats worked VERY well for me in my 3rd year of training, but it doesn’t work well RIGHT NOW.
And the training program that works for me now, in my 7th year of training, may not work well for me next year.
What I’m trying to say is that unless you’re experienced, it’s very difficult to know what advice applies to your current situation, and when to make adjustments to your plan.
The #1 Reason To Why My Coaching Program Works: On-Going Adjustments
The text below is a copy/paste from one of the first emails I send out to new email subscribers:
I wish I could tell you that my clients get amazing results because they’re using that “one weird trick you haven’t heard about” or following some “secret 8 minute arm blasting workout program”.
But I can’t tell you that because it’s not true.
This means that to keep getting results, you need to regularly tweak your diet and training strategy.
While going through my own 3 year body-transformation, I used MANY different diet and training strategies and the same goes for my online coaching clients who go through their own transformation.
…And that’s why one of the most important components of my coaching program is the weekly check-ins.
Each Sunday, you will check in with me in a shared Google Sheet.
In this sheet, you will put in your body-measurements, the week’s training stats and I will then be able to:
- Evaluate your progress based on my 6+ years experience transforming my own body and coaching almost 100 skinny-fat men online.
- Make tweaks to your diet and training strategy or write a new training program and diet plan for you whenever I see that your progress isn’t optimal.
These check-ins and adjustments ensure that you get the best results you possibly can because you don’t waste time following strategies that don’t work for your unique body-type.
The check-ins also help us adjust your initial training and diet strategy in the case that it doesn’t work for you.
Essentially, the check-ins ensure that you get results and benefit as much as possible from the coaching.
You can see an example of a client’s 12-week check-ins below:
(If the image is too small to view, click here to download a bigger version).
In this example you can see my client who added 12 reps to his pull up max in just 12 weeks and lost 12 CM around his waist.
During these 12 weeks, he felt like he wasn’t making much progress, but the small gains he made each week REALLY added up and enabled him to shred his body-fat and build a massive amount of strength, especially on his upper body.
Now, this client is just an ideal example of a guy who responded very well to the first strategy I sent him.
I also have clients who don’t respond to the training program and diet plan that I send them, despite trying their best following it.
This happens because no matter how many books I read and no matter how many clients I coach, I will never be able to design a perfect plan from the get-go.
Each person is different and even the best health experts in the world only understand a small percentage of the internal workings of the body and brain.
Therefore, NO ONE out there can design a perfect plan for you unless they actively monitor your progress and adjust your plan along the way.
And that’s why the on-going adjustments and coaching are so important.
When a client doesn’t see a progress on their initial plan, it’s most often because it has to be adjusted to their unique situation. Not because they don’t work hard enough!
Is My Coaching Program Right For You?
My clients come from a variety of backgrounds.
I’ve coached senior directors in some of the world’s biggest companies who work ALL DAY LONG and do their training sessions in the office during lunch break.
I’ve coached guys who hit rock bottom in their life and lost it all after going through tragical events.
I’ve coached teenage kids with hormonal problems and low confidence going through high school.
Regardless of where you’re at, the most important things are that you’re coachable and motivated to make a change.
With coachable, I mean that you will be open to try new things that may seem strange to you because doing what you’ve always done, will give you the results you’ve always gotten.
In regards to being motivated to make a change I mean that you don’t need me on the side-line to push you to do your training sessions or prepare your meals. Your motivation comes from within.
If that sounds like you, the rest will take care of it self because once we start your coaching, you will fill out a Comprehensive Client Assessment Form which covers your unique body-structure, fitness levels, diet preferences, lifestyle, overall health and much more.
My former client Harshit Godha, 1 Year Transformation
These will give me a great overview of where you’re at, how your daily life looks like and where you want to be in a year from now.
Based on that, I will be able to design a body-transformation strategy that you can actually follow through with and which fits your lifestyle.
I will ensure that you feel satiated and energised on your diet and that you do exercises that work well for your unique body-type.
During your coaching, you will have daily access to my private email address so you can ask ANY questions that come up.
Questions such as:
- “Can I replace chicken breast with sashimi?”
- “Can I add a snack between lunch and dinner because I’m hungry?”
- “I don’t feel my shoulders working on dumbbell reverse flyes. Can you check my video and give me feedback on my form?”
Your questions will usually be answered within 24 hours by me personally (not an assistant) and at busy times, it might take up to 48 hours but NEVER more than that.