How Does Coaching Work?

Coaching with Greenfield Fitness Systems is different.

Rather than simply giving you generic workouts or “beating up your body” with junk miles or excessive exercise, we instead take a calculated and integrated approach to bringing you to your goals – supplying you with a blueprint for the ideal combination of health, performance and longevity.

So how does coaching work?

Although some of the details will change depending on whether you are in the high-end “coaching” program with Ben Greenfield or coaching with any of our other certified trainers and coaches, these are the 5 easy steps to getting started with your Greenfield Fitness Systems coaching experience:


Step 1: Questionnaire.

After you sign-up for coaching, we send you a detailed questionnaire that asks you questions about your health history, training status, diet, detailed goals, and more. If you have signed up for an individual one-on-one program, we also meet with you via phone or Skype to get to know you better.


Step 2: Biomarker Testing.

This step is completely optional, but certainly sets us apart in terms of our ability to help customize a program to your personal biological needs, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal balances and more. Your coach will walk you through the process of proper testing to identify your hormone status, level of inflammation, gut health and more. If our online testing options are not available in your state or region, we help you find a doctor or lab who can get you the appropriate tests. When it comes to getting the most out of your body, this is an extremely important test.


Step 3: Performance Testing.

In addition to testing what is going on inside your body, it’s also very important to establish an idea of your baseline fitness. If you’re training for general fitness or fat loss, we teach you how to test your maximum fat burning zone and aerobic threshold using a bicycle or treadmill. If you’re training for triathlon, we teach you how to test your “Critical Swim Speed”, your bike “Lactate Threshold” and your run “Lactate Threshold”. We realize that not everyone has a power meter, heart rate monitor, or GPS device, so our recommendations for testing vary depending on what you have available for testing and monitoring.


Step 4: Nutrition Program Design.

This is another area in which our coaching approach is unique and will get you superior results – we have coaches who are highly educated in putting together a meal plan and nutrition supplement protocol that meets your unique needs, and very importantly, takes into account not just your performance or fat loss, but also your long term health. With your questionnaire and the results of your biomarker testing, we sit down and formulate a fueling plan that will make you look, feel and perform optimally.


Step 5: Training Plan Design.

Within 7-14 days after we have your questionnaire and have had our initial meeting with you, we give you your first 3-4 weeks of workouts, based on your personal schedule, time limitations, goals and needs. We deliver your training plan using “TrainingPeaks“, an easy-to-use online program that allows you to easily log-in and download or print your workouts, access your training plan via your phone, and upload workout logs, nutrition notes, and much more. Rather than giving you large “chunks” of many weeks of training, we plan and customize your program on rolling 4 week basis, so that we can take into account your recovery status, your travel plans or any other last-minute personal needs that you have.


Throughout your entire coaching experience, you get weekly e-mail access to your coach, a weekly group video call with your coach, 24-7 access to our private client forum,  and customized nutrition and training program design, with no “cookie-cutter” or generic workouts – and full confidence that you’re getting a program that utilizes every cutting-edge method possible to get you to your goals.

Questions? Simply click here to contact us.

Finally, if individual, one-on-one coaching does not fit your budget, we can speak with you about alternative solutions (i.e. doing training only, without the nutrition component, or vice versa), and you can also click on any coach here to review one-on-one phone consultation options, annual training plan design, pre-written training plans and group training options.

7 Responses to “How Does Coaching Work?”

  1. John October 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

    I am in the military and I have a try-out for a special unit coming up in just under 4 weeks time. I have been rehabilitating two minor injuries, achilles tendonitis and shoulder pain of some sort which has been preventing me from training for nearly two months. My achilles is good to go and my shoulder can tolerate most movements pain free, but obviously time is now not on my side. Is it possible to request from Ben a 4 week training plan to increase my pushups, setups, pull-ups and 2 mile run time in the most efficient way? What option would be best for me for the immediate short term? I am also interested in a more comprehensive plan at a later date, but only after my tryout.

    • Ben Greenfield October 29, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

      If you want a training plan, then I would suggest booking the training plan option. But if you want to just ask him some questions about your training, then you can book the 20 or 60 minute consult.

  2. Greenfield Fitness S July 22, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    It is a monthly rate, Michael.

    Thanks for your interest.

  3. Michael July 17, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Similar question to above, is the ultimate coaching package rate of $1,997 a monthly or annual rate?

  4. Amanda April 27, 2015 at 8:03 am #


    Two questions:

    Is the price for personal coaching the monthly rate, or is that the cost for the season?

    For the program design, is the plan adjusted at all to account for strides or setbacks? Is it possible to pay incrementally for said "updates"?

  5. Lori Seligmann August 24, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    What is the cost of coaching? How many sessions etc?


    Lori Seligmann

    206 818 4069

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