Training Clients vs Coaching Clients

What is the difference between a trainer and a coach? The two terms are often used interchangeably, although perhaps “trainers” are often associated with “personal training,” while “coaches” might be associated with sports teams.

Dictionaries often conflate the two, as well. In fact, they are used to define each other. A “coach” is “someone who trains or directs athletes,” while a “trainer” is “one who trains, especially who coaches athletes….”

But in my mind, I find myself drawing a subtle distinction between the two.

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Published by Jae Chung

I have a background in teaching the violin, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, English, writing, movement, and habit change. My main athletic accomplishments are spraining both ankles frequently and typing very fast.

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