As with any coaching programme, you’re always going to have questions. This way, you can make the best possible decision whether the programme is right for you.I’ll be the first to say it; my athlete nutrition coaching programme isn’t for everyone, so I want to make sure that you’re fully invested in the process before starting and that our values align so we can build a trustworthy working relationship. From experience, this is a recipe for success. It is a challenge, change always is – but it’s a necessity for improvement.
Since launching the programme, I’ve received a number of recurring questions – Therefore I thought it would be best to share them with you as you’ll most likely be asking yourself them too.
Without further ado, we’ll get straight into them.
The nutrition athlete coaching programme is for any athlete looking to excel at their sport by losing more body fat, building more muscle and improving their sports performance. Since nutrition can greatly determine these outcomes, the coaching programme is backed by science and coaches you to achieve these goals in the most effective and efficient way possible. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a professional athlete to benefit from the coaching programme, far from it. I work with recreation weekend warriors all the way through to the professionals. If you participate in sport, whether it be weightlifting, cycling, rugby or running etc, the programme will be tailored made for you if you have the goal of looking, feeling and performing better.
Unfortunately, I can’t help everyone. Therefore I have developed the following coaching criteria so we are best suited in working together:
During our work together, you’ll receive 3 months of nutrition coaching where we’ll work 1-2-1 so you can start to look, feel and perform better. This isn’t just meal plans, this isn’t just macronutrient targets. This is a no BS process to unlock your potential so you can excel at your sport through learning the fundamental, tried and tested evidence based methods.
Through nutrition coaching, we’ll work to find the best eating approach for you and your goals so we can connect your new found knowledge with action. From here on in, we’ll refine the approach to mold a specific system for you that will last long after our work together. I will essentially be giving and teaching you the roadmap to your goal. This will cut out all of the unnecessary pseudoscience, gimmicks and conflicting information that you often read and hear about. From a nutrition perspective, I’ll guide you to the most productive way to get to your destination.
You’ll get coached personally by myself. If this is the first time you’ve come across me, please let me introduce myself. Hi, my name’s Chris. I’m founder of Chris Lowe Nutrition, head of nutrition at Wasps Rugby and I’ve personally coached athletes from all around the world to look, feel and perform better through upgrading their nutrition. I have an MSc in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, a BSc in Sports Biomedicine & Nutrition and I’m an evidence based practitioner that has dedicated his career in making performance nutrition achievable for athletes. Nutrition coaching is a huge passion of mine and I’d love to start working with you so you can finally achieve your goals.
The programme is ran 100% online, so we can work together from anywhere in the world. Any time at any place. The coaching calls are preferably carried out through Skype, however we’ll also keep in touch via phone calls, WhatsApp and emails. This way, you’ll constantly be in touch with me wherever you may be. If you have any issues, I’ll be right by your side to guide you through them – I’ll only be a few clicks away.
The athletes that I work with will either want to lose body fat, build muscle and improve their sports performance. Sometimes, they want to achieve all of these goals – and this is exactly what is to be expected. Some goals such as fat loss can be achieved far more quickly than the longer term goals of building muscle, where performance nutrition is a case of trial and error to find what strategies work best for you, your training and competition demand. Not only will you achieve these goals during the programme, you’ll also have the systems and frame work to work off if you wish to revisit them in the future after our work together has come to an end.
Although I provide calorie and macronutrient counted, awesome tasting meal plans during the coaching programme, I don’t offer them as a one off service. Meal plans on their own don’t work; you need a lot of coaching to go along with it. The meal plans I provide act as your road map, they’ll essentially tell you how to get to your destination. But what happens if there is a diversion or a road block? This is why you need a coach to work with and guide you through these road blocks and get you back on track as quick as possible. As my coaching programmes place a large emphasis on education, I want you to know the ‘why’ and ‘how’ something has happened and how to resolve it. Having this knowledge is going to be vital and will help you long after our work together. For myself, you hitting your body composition and performance goals isn’t enough, I want you to upgrade your knowledge in the process too. Finally, you’re going to need some accountability. Yes, you’ll have the road map and the knowledge but it’s the accountability that can be seen as the glue that ties your commitments to the results. Even the best athletes in the work still work under coaches, I’m afraid that we are not any different.
Although I create meals plans to work off, I feel that this is a necessity initially to see what a good day of eating looks like that is specific for you and your goals. From here on in, once you have the understanding and confidence to track your own intake, we can look at alternative methods to ensure that your portion sizes and macronutrient goals are conducive for your body composition and performance goals. Similarly to the above, nutrition goes far beyond macronutrient requirements, this is simply the tip of the ice berg, and we need to go so much deeper to ensure that these results will last a very long time. Nutrition, behavior change and habit formation is a complex issue where no one size fits all, that’s why you need coaching to ensure your approach is tailored to you, and most importantly – it needs to work.
Based on your goals and current nutrient status, you may need some. I very much advocate a food first approach where we’ll aim to reach your nutrient goals and requirements through food only. However, sometimes this isn’t always possible due to scheduling, training demands and food preferences. In addition to this, there is a very small list of performance supplements that can be used to further enhance your exercise capacity. During the coaching programme, you’ll also become aware of which ones work, which ones don’t and which ones are harmful. This alone will save you a lot of time, effort and money in the long run.
Although I have a very high understanding of exercise physiology and various training principles, I’m afraid I don’t include training programmes within nutrition coaching. Many of the athletes I work with have a strength and conditioning coach, a personal trainer or have adequate knowledge to write their own training programmes. In this case, I liaise with their coaches to periodise their nutrition based on their training and competitive schedule. If you need assistance with a training programme, I have numerous colleagues who are experts in their respective fields that will be more than happy to help you. All you need to do is ask.
Yes, absolutely. I fully understand that you have events or goals in which you need to work to. Therefore, I’m more than happy for you to join at any time so we can work together and achieve your goals when you want and need to! One small thing – As spots on my coaching programme are limited, I do ask for you to apply first. This is to ensure that we are an awesome fit when it comes to working together and that we can achieve some amazing results!
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