Some very historical figures were men with beards or facial hair. Charles Darwin, Otto the Great, Colonel Sanders, Wyatt Earp, James "Grizzly Adams, and Mark Twain, are just a few of them that I know of off the top of my head. Some articles say that men with beards are more wise... Hmm. I even read some blogs that said men with beards are likely not show visible signs of aging due to lack of over exposure to UV Rays... Say What. They say women should date a man with a beard because he is well kept, sophisticated, and looks much older... Yassss.
But what about trainers and health coaches. Should they have beards or facial hair? I vote yes. Here's why...
1) He is goal oriented. Typically guys that make a goal of growing a beard are in it for the long haul. They understand it is going to take some time and they have made the goal to see it through. A goal oriented trainer can look far beyond your scope. Typically you will only see the here and now. A trainer that has the end goal in mind will be able to overcome small obstacles, push through plateaus, and understand the frustrations that come along with the goals you have. He will be able to help you navigate through all the mental aches and pains that you will have.
2) He is obviously patient. Can't be in a rush when growing out a beard. It is a process and learning to enjoy the process is something that is very important. It is essential that your trainer be patient. Some weeks you will not lose any weight, you will question your program, you could possibly go in and out of being motivated, and slipping up on your nutrition will happen. A patient trainer will be able to show empathy. He will make you feel at ease and give you the tools to keep pressing on even when you don't think you have it in you.
3) It shows commitment. Beards can be a bit scruffy at times. Often times growing a beard might resemble like you just don't care about your appearance. But waiting it out is a required necessity when you want the facial hair to look pristine. It is definitely a commitment. Having a trainer that is dedicated to you and your goals are a must. Nothing is worse than having a trainer that you ask a question to and he doesn't get back to you for 3 to 4 days. A trainer that is committed to you will always respond promptly. You will end up creating a good relationship with him because he becomes a part of your life.
4) I doubt he is cookie cutter. Growing a beard sets you a part. Everyone's facial hair grows a bit different, looks a bit different, and styled differently than anyone else. A man with a beard is a creator, innovator, and against the norm. He is no rule breaker but he is no cookie cutter. He takes the time to think about your goals and provides a detail plan into helping you reach them. Your safety is always at the forefront, keeping it interesting plays a huge role, and researching the best possible route to help you achieve your goals is taken seriously. The last thing you want is a trainer that writes up cookie cutter programs or just wants you to do the most popular exercise program that is being featured on social media or TV at the time.
Just so happens that the creators of WebFit have beards. :)