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if youโ€™re looking to get in the best shape of your life and thinking about getting some help, hereโ€™s what to do and why this matters to you:

1. Vegan fitness coaches tend to be more competent.

Most fitness coaches do recommend chicken breast and eggs. So going against the grain, being a vegan fitness coach, is either a tell-tale sign of antisocial behaviour – or competency.

As Nassim Nicholas Taleb would call it, it shows skin in the game.

Itโ€™s a quick and effortless way to screen competency in trainers. Like the M&M clause in the Van Halen contract.

Why does competency matter?

2. Minimized downside

Letโ€™s say youโ€™ need to have brain surgery.

Itโ€™s a crucially important task and most people, that do have surgery, want to make especially sure that they do work with the right person. Why?

Because the risks of not working with the right person, is quite disastrous. It can lead to irreparable brain damage, which then leads to you being dead or disabled.

What are the risks of working with a less competent trainer?

1. A lack of seeing results. Which then leads to you questioning your ability to get in shape in the first place. This leads to a lack of self confidence and self esteem, which can circle into a defeatist attitude. Because your goals seem so out of reach, you lack motivation and energy. Because the purpose of motivation and energy, is to get you closer to your goals.

A second risk of working with a less competent trainer is injuries:

2. If youโ€™re training martial arts thereโ€™s a constant, unavoidable risk of injury. If youโ€™re playing soccer, again, you have a constant, unavoidable risk of injury. Playing rugby, again, you have a constant, unavoidable risk of injury.

Lifting weights or training at home? You donโ€™t. Most โ€“ not all – training injuries stem from badly designed programs and recovery practices.

Third risk of working with a less competent trainer is micronutrient deficiencies.

3. If youโ€™re working together with a trainer โ€“ and your goal is weight loss or muscle gain, nutrition needs to be addressed. Because nutrition can make or break both of those goals. Not only that, inadequate nutrition and inadequate supplementation on a vegan diet can lead to irreversible damage.

3. Shared values

Letโ€™s imagine the previous example again. If you do find a brain surgeon that you trust based on his or her competency. Do you care if heโ€™s vegan or not?

Itโ€™s a nice to have, but likely, that is not of primary importance.

Why? Because the touch points, meaning the amount of time that you spend with the brain surgeon, is quite low.

Even if the operation takes multiple hours, youโ€™re unconscious. And no matter the operations outcome, thereโ€™s a chance that you never see him again. That was a morbid joke.

With a fitness coach, where getting in shape is usually a 6-month long process โ€“ or longer. Having similar values is of bigger importance.

Itโ€™s as if youโ€™d have a colleague at work. Sure you can do OK work with a competent person that you do not get along with. But it will not be fun, the likelihood of errors is high, and due to that the likelihood of you quitting the job โ€“ or quitting the fitness program โ€“ is higher as well.

GREAT achievements, in business and in fitness, are usually achieved with a competent team that does get along with each other. Working with a person that has similar values makes it more fun and makes it just so more likely that youโ€™re going to achieve your goals.