The fitness industry is commonly deficient in the use of evidence in practice. APEC pride themselves on using contemporary evidence to shape their applied work and all senior coaches are academically proficient. An APEC mentorship does the hard work for you and helps you integrate science into practice and overcome challenges, through an ongoing engagement with research and space to reflect on your practices.
This preoccupation with evidence informed practice goes beyond the work of exercise coaching as the mentors themselves have undergone training on how to be mentors underpinned by behavioural and pedagogical research. Other mentorship programmes are not based on evidence and mentors feel they can take this role because they have experience in the industry.
Having experience does not make you a good teacher, mentor, or practitioner and there is a need for mentors to understand what makes a good mentor and utilise evidence in their role to maximise you achieving your goals.