One the most bothersom issues I have come across in my 10 years of coaching in the fitness industry is elitism. I understand it for sure, and I know that I can definitely come across as elitist from time to time. There are so, so, so many joke trainers and coaches, program, gyms, ideas, and so on in this industry, sometimes it’s hard not to think of oneself as “better than the rest”. But, the second you choose to be this way, you immediately become just as much a joke as those things you make fun of all the time. Thousands of athletes have become insanely successful using thousands of different coaches and training protocols. The fact of the matter is, there is more than one way to coach people, and the way you, as a coach chose to do your job is the way you have found works best, for you. And there are more factors involved in this than just the program you write on paper. It’s your personality, the way you talk, the energy you bring, the cues you use, the looks you give, the words your write, and so on. The point is, every single person relays information to other people differently. And every single person hears and processes information differently.
The best coaches are those who do not put down most other training protocols and coaches, thus secluding themselves in their own little world and building conflict in an industry that is supposed to be for the betterment of people. The best coaches are those who band together with those who are passionate like them, even if they approach things very differently. The best coaches are those that choose to learn from others, and promote understanding rather than disagreement.
Working together will help the world become healthier. Creating conflict will help only the people who agree with you potentially become better/healthier. In my opinion, that’s just closed-minded and unfortunate.
What kind of a coach/leader are you?
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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