A Super Week Starts with Hard Work.

January 30, 2012

The Week of WOW begins tonight. We are officially one week away from the Super Bowl. This will be a week of firsts for me as I am headed to my first Super Bowl, first time watching a client (Eli Manning) perform on the biggest stage of their profession, first time headed to the great state of Indiana. Although this is a week of firsts for me, it seems familiar in a sense. The past two seasons friend/mentor/super star trainer Todd Durkin went through this week with his clients Drew Brees (2010) and Aaron Rodgers (2011). I knew Todd would be an excellent resource for me being that he was there for both of those Super Bowls, so I made sure to get as much advice as possible when it came to this week.

The piece of  Todd’s advice that resonates the most is to enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity. As I think about this experience, I reflect on all of the hard work that brought me to this point. To achieve success in life and in your career it takes a tremendous amount of effort and hard work. This past off season was an example of how hard work pays off. The NFL lockout allowed me to work one on one with Eli and I got to see first hand the work ethic of someone at the top of his game. Seeing Eli reach this point again in his career inspires me to continue to push harder and as this week begins I reflect on how my hard work has gifted me this super opportunity. This week will be an honor of sharing this opportunity  with my family, friends, valued clients, fellow fitness professionals and all my followers.

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Lessons From the Trenches – Part 1

January 23, 2012

Listen Up Trainers and Coaches because this one is for you. I was inspired to write this blog post today by a recent encounter/experience I had.  The experience wasn’t the best one, but I am writing this to provide a positive approach. A few months ago I came in contact with a trainer who boasted about which celebrities he trained and what celebrity trainer mentored him and yada yada yada (fyi no one can confirm any of these clients or the mentor)… This trainer has the credentials, the certifications, the degrees, and certainly had tons of clients (mainly because of the claims of who his celeb clients were). The one thing that seemed to be missing was the results promised to clients.

It’s no secret as you might be able to tell by my Facebook and Twitter posts that Eli Manning is a client of mine, and superstar trainer Todd Durkin is my friend/mentor.  That’s well and good, but no clients would train with us unless we got them results. Telling people who you might train, or who you may have trained under will not get your clients success, nor will it get you success. People hire you to get tailored programs for their success, not some generic” program of the day” that you put clients through that day because you’re either too lazy or ego so inflated to deliver a worthy product.  Lets us not forget, we are in a results driven business. At the end of the day it may be cool who you train and who your mentor is, but none of that matters if you aren’t getting your clients the results they are paying for. If you want to provide your clients with the best experience possible here are some tips to help you out. Some of these tips are so easy to do it might surprise you.

  1. Mind your body language: Standing there with your arms folded is no way to make it seem like you’re interested in your client. Neither is having a seat on a stability ball  because you’re want a seat. There is nothing wrong with getting down on the ground and engaging with your client, while they are doing a floor based exercise. But looking like you’d want to be anywhere else in the world won’t get you clients nor does it keep them. Mind your body language.  EVERYTHING SPEAKS!
  2. Keep your eyes on the prize! Stay focused on your client, not on the TV, or who ever walks by. This one is self explanatory but I’ll go ahead and give you further insight.  I visualize that there is a 3 foot belt/strap attached between myself and the client. I very seldom stray away unless it’s to get another piece of equipment. Having that “connection” to your clients is a great way to stay engaged in your session, and will make the client feel as if you’re actually paying attention to them.
  3. Give your clients what they need encased in what they want. Find out what your clients’ likes and dislikes are and tailor your programming as such. That doesn’t mean throw out the lunges, push ups and pull ups. Of course to get certain results your clients are going to do exercises they particularly don’t like. For example, your client may want a six pack and want to do crunches on an ab machine until they’re blue in the face, but you may know that planks are a better suited exercise for a preexisting back condition. As their coach/trainer your job is to find an alternate method to give them the best results.

Hopefully this post can help some trainers along their journey and perhaps help clients choose the right trainer. In this case its not who you know but what you know and how you apply it that matters the most. Be sure to check back shortly for part 2 of Lessons From the Trenches.