Really comes down to the whole idea of “If you train yourself, you have an idiot for a client”.
While that may sound harsh, to jehovasfitness’s point, most successful people have alot of knowledge, experience and skill, yet still seek out some sort of other expert, mentor or coach. Having another set of educated and experienced eyes on your training & nutrition helps take the guess work out of things as well as prevents you from settling in our “comfort zones” (something as humans well all do to an extent), addressing our weak points and do the things that really matter.
Now, reading and researching yourself can get you far in personal fitness, most of us do this nowadays, especially with this great internet thing, but we could also read and research how to do a root canal, just does not make us dentists. Working with a good coach, mentor or teacher in any field is going to make your chances of success in that field much, much higher.
After 18 years training and competing in over a dozen shows, I finally decided to hire a coach this year and got in the best shape of my life. Was I just lazy or uneducated all this time? Maybe, we tend to think will are doing the right things towards our goals until someone points out what exactly you are doing completely wrong and what you can do better, holding you to a higher standard of effort, discipline and commitment.
You just have to decide if your present level is enough for you and if you do decide to hire a coach, do the Bruce Lee thing and “empty your cup” (empty your mind of your previous experience), so he/she can full it up with new ideas.[/quote]Excellent point.