Whether you are already practicing life coaching or have considered adding it to your arsenal, understanding the impact and techniques of life coaching is beneficial for fitness professionals. Recent studies have revealed interesting insights into successful techniques which can be integrated into your practice, enhancing value through life coaching.
1. Contributions of Life Coaches in Diminishing Psychological Distress within High-Stress Professions
A paper titled “The effect of life coaching on psychological distress among dental students: interventional study”  reveals the significant role life coaches play in reducing psychological distress in high-stress professions. Dental students, much like fitness professionals, experience abundant pressure and stress. The study showed that life coaching effectively reduced depression, anxiety, and stress among participants. Integrating life coaching into your work as a fitness professional can help your clients manage stress effectively – a critical aspect of overall health and fitness. Key components of the programme’s success included goal setting, developing resilience, and stress management techniques.
2. Blurring Coaching with Therapy
“Where Life Coaching Ends and Therapy Begins: Toward a Less Confusing Treatment Landscape”  discusses the overlap between life coaching and psychotherapy. This is particularly relevant for fitness professionals who often work with clients facing mental health issues related to body image, self-esteem, and lifestyle changes. The study emphasises the importance of clear boundaries and understanding the limits of life coaching. While life coaches are not therapists, they support clients’ mental wellbeing through motivational techniques, positive reinforcement, and guidance in setting attainable goals.
3. Sociopaths on the Job
“Inhabiting the Self-Work Romantic Utopia: Positive Psychology, Life Coaching, and the Challenge of Self-Fulfilment at Work”  highlights the role of life coaching in achieving self-fulfilment, especially in the workplace. For fitness professionals, this means helping clients find balance and fulfilment in their fitness journey. The study identifies strategies like starting anew, healing and idealisation as tools to navigate the challenges of modern work life. These strategies can be adapted to the fitness context, aiding clients in overcoming setbacks, maintaining motivation, and keeping a clear vision of their goals.
Expanded Key Takeaways for Fitness Professionals
- Stress Management: Incorporate techniques to assist clients in managing stress, essential for both mental and physical health. Practices such as mindfulness, controlled breathing, and cognitive reframing can be effective in reducing stress and enhancing overall wellbeing.
- Goal Setting and Resiliency: Assist clients in setting realistic goals and building resilience, crucial for long-term fitness success. This involves defining clear, achievable objectives and developing strategies to address and overcome obstacles.
- Motivational Techniques: Apply positive reinforcement and motivational interviewing to keep clients engaged and committed to their fitness goals. This includes active listening, empathising with clients’ struggles, and celebrating their successes.
- Boundary Setting: Understand the limits of life coaching in mental health and maintain clear boundaries with clients. Refer them to specialised mental health professionals when necessary.
- Holistic Approach: Adopt a holistic approach that addresses both the physical and mental aspects of fitness and wellbeing. Consider the client’s lifestyle, stress levels, sleep patterns, and emotional state as part of their overall fitness plan.
Life coaching offers a powerful set of tools and techniques that fitness professionals can integrate into their practice. By leveraging these insights, you can provide a richer, more supportive experience for your clients, leading to better outcomes in their fitness and overall wellbeing.
- Aboalshamat, K., Al-Zaidi, D., Jawa, D., Al-Harbi, H., Alharbi, R., & Al-Otaibi, S. (2020). The effect of life coaching on psychological distress among dental students: interventional study. BMC Psychology, 8(1). Click here to review the full research article.
- Aboujaoude, E. (2020). Where Life Coaching Ends and Therapy Begins: Toward a Less Confusing Treatment Landscape. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 15(3), 644–648. Click here to review the full research article.
- Pagis, M. (2020). Inhabiting the Self-Work Romantic Utopia: Positive Psychology, Life Coaching, and the Challenge of Self-Fulfillment at Work. Work and Occupations, 47(4), 435–465. Click here to review the full research article.
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