In the past 8 years as a trainer, gym owner, and coach, I’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of amazing individuals. This gym has augmented my abilities as a coach to apply, test, and adapt what I’ve been able to. Outside the text books, articles, and movement practices, it was more the interactions I’ve had with so many people that have made an impact on how I teach. Most who know me know that I’m big on principles over flashy, fad methods, but I’m even keener on efficacy of applying those principles. Bridging this gap is something no seminar or book will be able to teach you on its own.
The ability to design a progressive program built to individual needs is something that requires practice overtime. It’s something that requires the coach to understand the underlying principles and reasoning behind certain prescriptions that are either needed or unneeded given someone’s goals. Further, it requires critical thinking not driven by ego or emotion. Of course, I’m still learning and have a lot to learn just like everyone else in this field.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people that that continue to help me grow in both my knowledge and appreciation of fitness (and life). At the end of the day, the people who make up my gym are all important—every single one. It’s not the strongest one or the most talented one that drives me as a coach. Most will correlate quantity or star power to the quality of a gym. In reality, it’s the people who have made an effort to commit to training with you and have placed their trust in your hands. If I didn’t have the time and patience to teach basic principles and deal with all levels and abilities, I wouldn't have even considered opening a gym.
I just wanted to take the time to recognize some of the people that have helped me grow so much since opening this gym. These are just photos but every person who have set foot through these doors have made such an impact on me as a coach and each have their own story.