Evan Centopani talks about the big misconceptions bodybuilders have about working with a coach.
Bodybuilding coaches and gurus have become a big part of the bodybuilding world. It’s grown so large, in fact, that it’s become a business unto itself. There are dozens if not hundreds of bodybuilders and experts online claiming to be bodybuilding coaches. Some are legendary reputable names we all know such as George Farah, Milos Sarcev, Neil Hill, Hany Rambod, Charles Glass, and so on. Others might be experts without the fame. And even further, there are some that might be hacks. In our latest GI Exclusive interview, Evan Centopani talks about how to find the right bodybuilding coach and what you should expect from the experience.
There are two dangerous situations that have arisen out of the popularity of bodybuilding coaches. One is the scams using the internet to rip young aspiring bodybuilders off and get their money. The other issue, is the massive misconception on what a bodybuilding coach is supposed to do. When people think of legends such as Charles Glass or Hany Rambod – they might have the misconception that a bodybuilding coach can transform an entire pro career. But the truth is at the end of the day, the hard work still has to come from you.
During our conversation with Evan Centopani, we asked him what an aspiring bodybuilder should be looking for in a coach. In his answer, he revealed that it has less to do with finding the right coach and more to do with managing your expectations while you work with a coach.
Centopani explains that he has worked with three coaches in his life. All three experiences were good for him. But he knows people that had terrible experiences with the same coaches. Does that make the coaches bad? No. It just means that each individual athlete has different needs.
But more importantly, Evan Centopani goes further to explain that younger bodybuilders just don’t know how to work properly with a coach. They expect the coach to be like a motivational manager – constantly checking in and putting the athlete on autopilot towards success. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, Centopani explains that young bodybuilders need to be hungry. They need to be the ones checking in with their coach every day. They need to ask the questions. They need to be the motivating force behind their routines.
A bodybuilding coach will take that hunger and use it to help guide and inform an aspiring bodybuilder how to become better. It won’t be the other way around. This is what leads to so many negative outcomes with coaches. They’re not all scams. Sometimes the problem is the bodybuilder doesn’t meet the coach half way.
To learn even more about what expectations you should have when hiring a bodybuilding coach, check out our latest GI Exclusive interview segment with Evan Centopani above.