So I am writing to tell you what went down at our Coaches Meeting a couple weeks ago, but first here’s a “little” back story.
Back in late June, Mary Kate and Laura provided me the incredible opportunity to attend the Perform Better Fitness Conference in Providence, RI. As expected, I felt like a small fish in a big pond as I walked the hallways with many of the bigwigs in the fitness industry. It was a dream to be able to introduce myself to fitness guru, Alwyn Cosgrove, who inspired me long ago to live a fit and healthy life after reading one of his Men’s Health published books. I’m sure he’ll remember me when I see him next ;)
Over the course of the weekend I sat through various lectures on biomechanics, workout programming philosophies, business practices, as well as a variety of hands on workout methodologies. Despite the overwhelming amount of information that still needs to be sorted out in my mind from that weekend, there happened to be one very successful individual who left the most significant impression. His name is Martin Rooney. Coach Zack told me before I left for the conference that if there is one person I MUST hear speak that weekend it would be him..and I am so glad he told me to!
The first class I had with Martin was with about 200 other coaches in a massive conference room and I knew it was going to be interesting when he started off his class by teaching us how to properly perform a Jumping Jack. Yes, he coached us through the mechanics of a movement I’ve been doing since I left my mother’s womb. But what I realized he was doing really didn’t have anything to do with learning the science of the jumping jack, rather his point was all about connecting with us as a coach and motivating us to be successful at it. Teaching us how to break down one of the most basic exercises in the world was just the method he chose. His energy made me jazzed about doing a jumping jack and that is what it was all about. For the remainder of Martin’s class, his workout didn’t consist of any new magical exercise that cut body fat in record time or brilliant technique that chiseled sleeve ripping biceps but it happened to be the most impactful because he differentiated what a Trainer is and a Coach is. Let me share some of these with you:
A Trainer Lights A Fire Under Someone.
A Coach Lights A Fire Inside Of Someone.
A Trainer Affects The Hour They Are With Someone.
A Coach Affects The Hours They Are Not With Someone.
A Trainer Hopes To Get Through The Session.
The Coach Hopes To Get Through To Someone.
A Trainer Stretches Your Legs.
A Coach Stretches Your Limits.
A Trainer Counts Your Reps.
A Coach Discounts Your Excuses.
A Trainer Wants You To Do Your Best.
A Coach Wants You To Do Better Than Your Best.
A Trainer Develops And Delivers Your Workout.
A Coach Creates And Cultivates Your Purpose.
Training Is Something You Do To Someone.
Coaching Is Something You Do With Someone.
Wow! If you aren't inspired to have a coach like that I’m not sure what will do it for you.
So after a long winded explanation about my conference weekend what do you think was the main focal point of our Coaches meeting?
Some of you might say that it was about the coaches becoming better at their jobs, and that’s partly true, but it is so much more than that. The reality is that it was all about you- our WIP community! You are the reason we are coaching in the first place. Everything we do, the decisions and improvements that we make are all for your benefit. For us it is not about punching in and punching out each day. This is not optional and does not make us content. It is coaching you to climb the rope for the first time and seeing the sense of accomplishment on your face or pushing you to get that extra burpee at the end of a killer finisher so that you become 1% better that day. Maybe it’s energizing you in the early morning to take on the day so that you can influence others or being the solace of positive energy you need after a rough day at the office.
At WIP we are not Trainers, we are Coaches, and as your Coaches we will continue to strive to become better at who we are for your sake. We want to be great so that we can come alongside you and help you be great. This is what we aspire to be!
I am so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing cast of Owners and Coaches who care deeply for you. As Coaches we look forward to being a part of your future progress and success.