I am a fitness trainer. My practice is more than just a job; it is my passion. My clients are my top priority and their successes are my life’s work—I am a professional.
On the surface, my job is to shepherd my athletes (I view all my clients as athletes regardless of their age or ability) toward physical prowess, but I recognize a purpose to my efforts and an impact on my athletes that transcends the physical. I view training as a physical metaphor for habits and attitudes that foster success in all arenas. I stress that point to all who train with me and I know I’ve been successful only after they bring back concrete examples.
The lessons learned through physical training are unavoidable. The character traits required and developed through physical training are universally applicable to all endeavors. Perseverance, industry, sacrifice, self-control, integrity, honesty, and commitment are best and easiest learned in the gym. Even clients who have found spectacular success in business, sport, war, or love find their most important values, refined, and nourished in rigorous training.
Being a professional, I believe that my competency is solely determined by my worth. My methods must be second to none. Accordingly, fitness trends and fashions are distractions, not attractions. To the extent that my methods are often unconventional, highly intense, or unique, they reflect the margins by which I dominate my industry. A trainer who lusts for popular approval is chasing mediocrity or worse.
Committed to unrivaled efficiency, I’ve often had to develop new tools and methods. This cannot be done without study and experimentation; consequently, a lot of my work is done not in the gym but in books and literature and in communication with other trainers and coaches.
My competency is determined by my efficiency, which is ultimately determined by my athletes’ performance—performance that must be measured. Competition, testing, and record-keeping let me know the difference between merely looking or feeling good and actually being good at what I do.
My commitment to my athletes is clearly expressed and perceived in our first meeting. I am all theirs. They are the object of my focus and the focus of my conversation. They come back not because of my physical capacity but because they believe in my capacity to develop theirs. World-class athletes rarely make world-class trainers.
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