Contest Prep Coach Darin Starr
These days being an online coach is almost a dirty word.
A few (ok, a lot of) lousy people calling themselves an online contest prep coach have created a problem where the industry has a major credibility issue – coaches are assumed to be lazy, writing and sending out cookie cutter plans. Responding to emails 3 days later with one word answers, if they respond at all. Putting clients on aggressive diet and supplementation protocols with no regard to overall health. Suddenly deciding they’re “quitting coaching” and leaving their clients hanging because they get “too busy” (presumably with their day job, where they actually make a living).
Well I’m here to tell you I’m having none of that crap.
This is my one gig. I take it seriously. I do this full time, I spend all day at the computer and I have the deteriorating vision and bad posture to show for it (kidding…kinda…for now, at least).
I walk the walk as well. I’m not going to ask a client to do anything I’m not willing to do myself.
My Philosophy as an Online Contest Prep Coach
Coaching in an online capacity is so different from coaching or training someone in person. You don’t have the benefit of seeing someone in action, which means you can make fewer assumptions. You have to ask more probing questions, dig for that extra level of detail, read between the lines when someone says something to understand how they might be feeling about that. There’s a technical side to all of this of course, but the human skills of knowing how to communicate with someone and help someone succeed plays a far bigger role than technical knowledge, in my opinion.
Bodybuilding isn’t just about “doing stuff” and checking the boxes of all the things that have to be done, but it’s about doing things effectively, efficiently, and with precision and intensity. Just “doing the stuff” is the basic level required to make things happen, but focusing on the next level of detail is how you really get the results you’re after.
The Personal Touch to Coaching
One of the ‘big picture’ items I never lose sight of is that we’re all still human. Finding an online contest prep coach who expects perfection from everyone everyday is easy enough, but in all honesty more people fail with that approach than succeed. My focus is on building and developing a plan that is sustainable – yes there will be phases that are higher intensity that may not FEEL as sustainable, but they will also be shorter, and I always ask my clients very generally, “how ya feeling?” as part of our regular check-in, because I need to know. I get a lot of feedback from my clients that it feels good to be treated like a person, and also to have someone who will call them out on their BS and excuses when it’s appropriate.
But Make No Mistake…
Let’s be clear – whatever your goal, this won’t be a walk in the park. I will ask you to exhibit levels of discipline, consistency, and self-control that will probably feel foreign at first. Part of my role as an online bodybuilding coach is to help step you through that process, find ways to make things easier, and focus on continuous growth in that arena as well. There will be a lot of demands placed upon your time so it’s important to be as efficient as possible. I would hardly consider myself a professional life coach or therapist, but clients have called me both of those at times. Being successful in bodybuilding – whether competitive or just for fun – has to be handled in a holistic manner. Everything counts.
What ‘next step’ is right for you?
If you’re looking to start or continue your journey and are looking for structure, a support system, quality feedback and answers to all of your questions, read more about my online coaching program or reach out and contact me directly. You can also see results and read testimonials from some of my clients, browse through the workout plans I have available, check out some of my blog posts or read about The Drop Set – a podcast I host and publish twice weekly (available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more)
I live in Knoxville, Tennessee with my awesome wife and our 2 dogs. Clearly bodybuilding is a constant presence in my life, but outside of that my greatest passion is music. I’m a songwriter, pianist and guitarist for Sketch Eclectic, which is just me and my wife. You can listen to our stuff on all streaming platforms and we’re constantly working on new music. I also dabble in woodworking and home renovation projects – some big and some small!