What is the difference between fitness and performance coaches?
A TIP FROM PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR JAY HEBERT:
There is a big difference between fitness and performance. Likewise there is a difference in the “experts” who work in each field. Individuals who want to improve their fitness often look to Personal Trainers whereas athletes who want to improve their performance should instead work with Performance Coaches. Personal trainers are everywhere and their level of education and experience varies. The best have a background in anatomy and physiology but some hold very narrow certifications with little background or education. Their purpose it to help people lose weight and to be more aesthetically pleasing. They are trained to change the way you look.
A performance coach, especially a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, must have a much more extensive background. These individuals are trained to improve how you perform. They have an extensive background in anatomy and physiology as well as an understanding of physics, movement, and optimal human performance. They study human movement and work to help athletes move efficiently and effectively. Their objectives are to keep athletes safe and to maximize how they perform the requirements of their sport. When looking for someone to train an athlete, a performance coach is the only option.
Jay Hebert | Sports Performance Director