One of the things I value most is transparency. I’ve spent most of my adult life looking at the world through an investigative lens. Searching for facts, motive and evidence to support my conclusion is a default setting. Its in my nature to always seek out the truth, even if finding it means admitting that I was wrong. That is the motivation for this blog; to lay my cards out on the table and allow people to see what they can expect when they hire me as their coach. This is important to me, just as it should be important to you. Just as you choose to hire me, I will also choose to take you on as a client. If, after some initial discussion about goals and strategy I feel that we can work well together, then I will gladly accept you as my client. By the same token if that initial discussion leads me to believe you would be better suited for someone else, I will tell you as much.
The fitness industry can be an unpleasant one at times. There are some people that see the insecurities of others as a way to make money. Unfortunately, they are often successful in doing it. Their clients never see any significant improvements in their physical health or their state of mind. Regardless of a trainers competence, hiring one isn’t cheap. It is very easy to spend $500 or more on a few weeks of training. Hopefully, this gets you to time with a person that will teach you safe, effective exercises that will make you stronger and improve your overall health and quality of life. That same person should also be able to offer nutritional advice to help you reach a healthy body weight. Most importantly, the time you’re spending with that person should make you feel good about yourself. You should feel empowered because they helped you accomplish something you never thought possible. Sure, its great when someone helps you achieve your goals, but a good coach has the vision to expect greater things for you than you do for yourself.
I want to see my clients make a quantifiable improvement every time they come to the gym. Maybe that improvement is expressed by weight on a barbell, but maybe its just completing an extra rep, or even just standing up off a low bench unassisted. Moreover, I want them to improve to the point where they are no longer dependent on me to push them. I want my clients to have the knowledge and the confidence to do things on their own. Of course, if their goals became advanced enough they could always check in for technical advice or programming assistance. Also, if continuing to train with me was how they chose to keep themselves accountable and consistent, I would be happy to oblige them.
I understand that this is contrary to many of the business plans in the fitness industry. Those plans typically involve stringing people along to sell them as many training sessions as possible. In my view that is a shameful practice, since they are exploiting the people who came to them for help. If you hire me as your coach or trainer, my goal will always be to help you reach beyond your own. I will provide you with the knowledge you need to live a healthy and independent life. Through the progress that you make, I will help you find the confidence you need to be your best with or without me.