It’s no secret that the Miss Fits love our coach. And, we regularly get asked how to find a good coach/trainer “like Jim.” Most recently, Holly requested help in finding someone in the Central Florida area.
First, I’d like to explain our coach’s philosophy and how it is different from the current trends in the fitness industry. Below is a description that is straight from the J&M Strength and Conditioning manual:
The J&M Philosophy
Right now the trends in the industry are CrossFit, Insanity, P90x, Spinning, Cranking and anything else performed at a high intensity that beats the heck out of your body multiple times per week, without much regard to your personal needs, ability level or goals.
Over the last several years, Jim observed that many of the people who found themselves doing these crazy, high-intensity programs were just normal people who wanted to look and feel better, and yet somehow they got lured into doing programs that don’t match up with their goals. Not only do they not always look and feel better doing some of these programs, but they often end up looking and feeling worse because they have been beat down with exercise and haven’t been taught the importance of proper recovery.
You will not experience that at J&M. In fact, our philosophy is the exact opposite of what you will find at most gyms, which is what we believe makes it a better fit for most people. Our philosophy is as follows:
- We do just enough to get better.
- We help our clients build a base before progressing them to more advanced movements.
- We prioritize breathing, mobility/stability in the correct places, soft tissue mobilization, and purse strength exercises and movements.
- We alternate higher-intensity workouts with lower-intensity and recovery workouts.
- We modify exercises based on the individual needs of the client.
- We modify a client’s workout based on how they are feeling that day.
- We almost always leave our clients with “1/4 in the tank.”
- We make sure that every single thing we do in class has a purpose, a progression and regression, and is preparing the client for another exercise, an everyday task, or both.
There is no running around in circles, jumping up and down, rubbing your belly and patting your head in our class. We never put clients through pointless movements just to wear them out and make them sweat. We like to say, “Anyone can make you tired. Not anyone can make you better.” And that is what we do—we make our clients better with the least amount of work and effort possible so they have time and energy to live and enjoy their lives.
There is no reason to slave away in the gym 6 days a week for hours at a time. Most of our clients get the best results with 2-3 days a week of class; some light walking, tennis, yoga, or bike riding 1-2 times a week; following sound nutrition principles 80% of the time; getting enough sleep; and managing their stress properly.
So, if this sounds like the type of gym and coach you are looking for, the best place to start is to find someone who is FMS (functional movement systems) certified. This should guarantee that the coach will assess how you move and then design your program accordingly. You can search for someone in your area at http://www.functionalmovement.com/.
And finally, a good coach will always:
- Ask you about your goals
- Assess you
- Use a teaching approach
Have a question? Please send it to us at TheMissFitsLex@gmail.com.