It’s a busy time of year for the health and fitness industry – many a new year’s resolution to be made and many people will start wokring out with a coach/trainer to help them on their way.
As a tongue-in-cheek approach to picking a coach, I’ve used the members of that 80’s Saturday afternoon classic the A-Team as a guide.
So what do you look for in a coach? And how the hell does it have anything to do with the A-Team?
If we look at our four main characters, we can draw some interesting parallels between the show and what will be happening in gyms around the world.
Coach Type 1: Faceman
Played by Dirk Benedict in the show. The Faceman was a suave and charming character, who got by on good looks and being able to talk his way out of tight situations.
This type of coach will look the part – which is not a bad thing in itself, but will be mostly interested in themselves and spend a great deal of time looking in the mirror and/or chatting up other gym members.
It was a sad week last week when I learnt that one of my all time health and fitness heroes, Jack Lalanne, passed away at the ripe old age of 96.Even at that age most who knew him thought it was well before his time – I was pretty sure he could live to 200!
So why was Jack so special? Here’s some interesting facts:
To date, he had the longest running TV health show ever – airing from 1959 to 1985 on ABC.
1956 Age 42: Set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on “You Asked for It” – a TV Show with Art Baker.
1984 Age 70!: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.
Produced some classic fitness quotes, including: “Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.”, “Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom”
He had a superb way of giving it to you straight, in a highly inspirational and motivational way.