Hey gang. I want to talk about a few things that have been on my mind lately.
Let me start by saying that I haven't been in the game too long yet and am still completely humbled on a regular basis with new knowledge, ideas, and methods of training. It's amazing how much information is out there if you are willing to look for it.
The fitness industry to me so far is one that is huge in nature, but also a closely knit community of science nerds that share a lot of the same values and priorities. We are all one in the same. Sure, there are a few bad eggs, but there always will be in whatever you're doing.
I recently had the opportunity to attend Dean Somerset's Ruthless Mobility Seminar (More info) down in NYC at Halevy Life. It was an awesome experience to say the least. I learned a ton of great information, but what struck me the most about being down there were all the people: ready to learn, humble, and 100 percent positive.
What other career has this kind of mentality? Not many. It definitely gave me some perspective on where I was at, and how lucky I am to be part of a great fitness community. Not only that, it made me realize that I work with a bunch of awesome people at the Executive too.
The fitness industry can be tough because most trainers or coaches have to grind it out for the first few years. Long hours, sub-par and inconsistent income, and sometimes inadequate sleep. This can even effect your own personal well being if you let it. It seems crazy, but when you look around, we're all in it for the same reason. We like helping people.
So what's my point?
The fitness industry is awesome because the people are awesome. It's not because everybody can deadlift 1.5 times their body weight, or does their laundry on their abs. It's the constant influx of positivity, energy, and willingness to learn that people bring to the table. You have to be a light at the end of the tunnel for people. If you don't have that, you'll fade out of the industry like the end of Star Wars.