Lifestyle Coaching: A Different Approach to Fitness Success

by Chris McGrath |   Date Released : 08 Dec 2011
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Chris McGrath

About the author: Chris McGrath

Chris McGrath is the founder and operator of Movement First, a New York City-based fitness education, consulting, and training organization. Drawing on over 20 years of fitness and coaching experience, Chris specializes in a variety of training and coaching modalities, including sports performance, injury prevention, post-rehabilitation and lifestyle/wellness coaching.

Over the past ten years, Chris has successfully established himself as an international presenter and educator, delivering original courses in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Driven by the Movement First philosophy of quality before quantity, Chris’ unique teaching style delivers easy to understand techniques and principles to fitness professionals of all levels.

In addition to his own education courses, Chris has presented and consulted for some of the most successful fitness organizations in the world, including The American Council on Exercise, Functional Movement Systems, TRX, Reebok, Star Trac, EA Sports Active and numerous others. Chris holds an MS in Exercise Science, a BS in Health Education and has numerous training and coaching certifications.

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Comments (6)

Shields, Jane | 31 Dec 2011, 22:50 PM

Thank you for a very informative article, its something that most fitness trainers over look. I will definately be making changes in how I assess my clients

Barosh, Jan | 30 Dec 2011, 21:06 PM

Thank you for a great article introducing the beneficial role of Lifestyle (Wellness) Coaching in the Fitness Industry. Thank you for pointing out that one size does not fit all and that it is the non-exerciser who needs our attention more than the regular exercise. Thank you for revealing the importance of the preparation BEFORE the action.
It is well documented by Prochaska and other behavioral change specialists that change CAN be permanent when clients proceed through the various stages of behavioral change in an appropriate and timely manner. In my experience skipping these crucial stages before and after the action stage almost always results in failure or at the most short-term success.
Thank you for a wonderful reminder for those of us who are already using coaching skills with our clients. Thank you for inspiring those who are ready to begin using coaching skills with their clients. I truly hope these inspired trainers will seek more coach training so they and their clients will enjoy long-term success. It is so worth it!

Jan Barosh
Wellness Coach (Wellcoaches certified)
Health & Fitness specialist (ACSM certified)

Ebersole, Greg | 22 Dec 2011, 01:32 AM

Great article Chris! Already helping with client retention!

Murray, Telf | 21 Dec 2011, 02:17 AM

Great article and I will take a different approach in my assessments moving forward.

Pitman, Michelle | 14 Dec 2011, 19:07 PM

Excellent! This is exactly what I have been looking for in my approach. For sure, I'll be taking the suggestions frome here . Thank you :-)

Sinitiere, Nick | 12 Dec 2011, 23:03 PM

Solid article.

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