The air at Courage Performance in San Mateo has been a tad thicker than normal over the past months. Yes, more humid than normal, but not due to the weather. The reason is that there has been some buzzing rumors about possibly moving locations, and the reasons around it. Well, here's what's going on.
We are officially moving locations to a new 5,000+ square foot facility right near Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo!
When you enter in to the new Courage Performance you will be greeted by the front front desk where you can check in and register for our various different classes. Behind the desk you’ll find our offices and a study hall room for our student athletes. There will be an assessment room as well for body fat measuring, range of motion/movement assessments, and general health and fitness consultations.
From there you can enter the main facility. The first thing you notice is the USA Weightlifting sanctioned Courage Barbell Club area. There will be four weightlifting platforms, competition plates and bars, squat racks, and lifting blocks.
Beyond that lies a massive open warehouse space, split down the middle; half athletic turf, half rubber flooring. On the turf side are two large batting cages. There are L-screens, backstop nets, plenty of tees, indoor pitching mounds, and buckets of baseballs. We will be able to slide the nets back so we can utilize the entire space for our programs including kids classes, general fitness classes, athletic strength and conditioning classes, and so much more. On the rubber-floored side there is a pull-up rig, racks of bars, stacks of plates, dumbbells, kettlebells, plyo boxes, ropes, rings, sleds, hammers, tires, medballs, crash mats, and all the other fun toys we have always used at Courage Performance (and a good deal more!).
We will be having a weekend-long Grand Opening with food, workouts, tons of local business we are connecting with, and of course, all of you! There will be tons of new class times and programs offered. There will be massive sales and package deals for people looking to get in before we open those big doors and start with classes. All will be posted on our website in the coming weeks.
I cannot even begin to express my excitement as Courage Performance takes its next big step. The growth of this gym in the last 8 months has been overwhelming, and the support from the ever-growing community has been humbling. As of now we have about 80 regular athletes/members coming into the gym on a weekly basis. We have young kids, high school and college athletes, every day 9-5ers, and advanced athletes looking to compete at higher levels; all of them working under the same roof towards the goal of getting better. Each and every one of them has helped to expand and toughen this brand that I have worked so hard grow. The positive support has been awesome!
And with this move I expect so much more. Our baseball program will expand under the eye of our Director of Baseball Operations, Josh Wilkie. Our backend business support is coming from the great mind of our General Manager, Cullen McAlpine. And we are in the process of interviewing in 1-3 more coaches who fit the Courage Performance model of excellence to help with the expected growth.
The best part about all this is that we now have an absolutely perfect platform to continue to grow Courage Performance. I started this company 10 years ago with the goal of helping and inspiring as many people as I possibly could to embrace a healthy lifestyle. The goal was never to water down my standards to bring in more memberships, or jack prices up to limit who could be a member. I want Courage Performance to be accessible to anyone and everyone who is serious about being healthy and happy. There is no barrier of entry to get fit. There are no limits to what people can do. Courage Performance promotes this ideal, and will ALWAYS stay true to this, no matter what.
Thank you everyone,
Never Stop, GET FIT.
Owner and Head Coach of Courage Performance LLC
I’ve never been one to practice a big sales pitch for training and coaching, I generally explain what it is that we do at Courage Performance, offer up a trial and let the experience speak for itself. But I have had a handful of situations over the years where a little more “help” needs to be employed. And this is generally when it comes to how much it costs.
A lot of trainers know and use this, but when I was training at a big gym in DC, the majority of my perspective clients were young professionals. The easiest way to get them to see things with a clearer perspective was to ask them how often they “went out”. Now, in DC, your average young professional would go out to grab drinks and dinner around 3-4 times per week. Your average drink is about $5-6 and most people would end up having 2-4 of them, along with a dinner usually costing around $30-40. If this average person cut back 1-2 days of this per week, they would easily pay for a training session a week. Now start to factor all the other things you send money on that are not really helping you true health and you begin to think a little more clearly.
Now, I understand this can be argued, and that is fine, it’s just a fun little thing to use to have people think about things differently. But I will say, in my many years of training and coaching, it really does get to me how people spend so much money on things that do not help them at all, and so little on things that really will help them. I spend most of my time working on ways to help legitimize the fitness industry so that it can be viewed as something that is actually worth spending money in (next blog post!), but every now and again I just want to slap some people around a bit.
Many people think that around $200 a month is too expensive to get incredibly detailed workout programs, high level coaching, a support group, and a healthier and happier life. Hell, they can spend $25-50 a month to attend their local Planet Fitness, or nothing to go out for a run. Yet will turn around and spend hundreds to get their hair cut a couple times a month, and their fingernails cut and polished for them. They spend thousands on a TV that is 6 inches larger than their last one and little visuals to make their house “more presentable”. It’s a million dollar industry to get your dog pampered more than most people could even dream of. Hell, some people will end up spending over $10 a day on just coffee! Make your own coffee, or cut back a ton and there’s your monthly gym membership right there.
I know it sounds like I just want people to come to my gym, but it’s actually not about that. It’s about a flawed view of what is important in life. I mean, if someone wants to commit their time and energy into their coffee, TV, fingernails, and dog, that’s their choice, I just think it’s really sad that those same people complain all the time about their weight, their stress levels, their general lack of health, and their happiness (or un-happiness).
Find out what’s wrong in your life, what’s missing, and spend your money on things that will help you fill THOSE things. And if you spend a ton of money on something you think will make you happy and it does not, then stop spending money on it! There is a lot that is just wrong in this world, and for some reason we all allow so ourselves to be told how we are supposed to live. We are pressured to look a certain way, and function in a specific way. Take that pressure off yourself and live your life that makes YOU and those closest to you happy. I’m surer you’ll have a lot less to bitch and moan about then, and you will rarely be throwing your money away on things that do nothing for you or anyone.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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