The Real Cost of Hiring a Coach

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-09-26T23:15:46Z

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Health and Fitness Coach

During the fitness craze of the early 1980s, Olivia Newton John scored a hit with the song "Physical." Today, getting physical may not be enough. You also need to get mentally tough and have the discipline to stay with any training program. To get that, Louise Barry, a registered nurse, turned to Marcy Lynch in North Wales, Pennsylvania; Lynch is a former top 10-ranked player on the Women's Professional Racquetball Tour. "If I'm not pushing myself while working out, Marcy makes me talk about what's stopping me so I can work out better," she says. "She asks probing questions." By addressing the whole person and clearing life obstacles, Marcy says other goals (in this case, fitness) are more easily achieved. Barry says she lost 50 pounds in three years.

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