I had my first personal training session with Justin at Gain Strength and Conditioning this week, after 6 weeks of reflecting on my fitness goals after my former coach and I parted ways. I began the week feeling a little more confident that I could get back to my normal routine, and now I know the order in my universe has somewhat been restored.
I was not sure what to expect from my first session-but I will say it was a rugged workout. It was different enough to be interesting, but similar enough so that I had confidence knowing I could do what he asked me to do.
The other night as I continued reading fitness and strength and conditioning articles and blogs, I continued to pull up strength and conditioning master Mike Boyle’s name. I stopped when I got to one of his posts on the TRX Fitness Blog because I think it says a lot about what I am looking for in a coach-even though it is written FOR personal trainers and coaches about how to be successful:
- Sincerity wins. One of Mike’s favorite quotes is, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It is more important to be the hardest working, nicest guy in the room than the smartest.
- Pay it forward. Help as many people as you can. Your income is directly proportional to the number of people you help. Plus, this is just part of being a good person. You never know how/when things will come back around for you.
- Consider your legacy. It’s not about putting in your 20 years and getting a pension. It’s about changing people’s lives and leaving a legacy. If you always think about your impending legacy, you’ll never go wrong.
- Put in your 10,000 hours. As Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell says, the 10,000 hour rule is in effect in all successes in life. Everyone wants to start at the top, but you have to put in your time and EARN it.
- Get good. Anyone who is excellent in anything gets paid. Use your 10,000 hours to hone your skills. Only after you’ve done this can you worry about moving up the ladder. As Mike says, “Accomplish something, THEN people will care what you think.”
See more at: https://www.trxtraining.com/train/five-training-tips-from-strength-coach-mike-boyle#sthash.r3SrPFXq.dpuf
I keep going back to Number 2 and Number 3-because as a client, it’s not always what you do during sessions that leaves a lasting impression; it’s how you treat people before, during and after your journey has ended. This is not only good advice for the gym, but it is great advice for life.