There are so many things I want to say to Personal Trainers. I want to stop them making all the damn stupid mistakes I made throughout my career.
Training helped me physically, mentally and at times when there was nothing else. It gave me purpose and direction to a largely directionless existence. I was young when I started utilising a gym. I went to fix problems. To fix how my close knit society saw me. To attempt to create a sense of belonging whilst at the same times something that was my own. Something I one day may excel at.
I think in life we all want to do something we love. If we can make a living from that it’s something very special indeed.
Something we wake up every day excited about as we can make a difference. Improve the quality of our own lives, that of our families and that of people who right now are perhaps complete strangers.
Giving people that same direction I, once upon a time lacked. Giving them that control over their lives and bodies they never had before. We, as an industry do something very special, something that in its purest form is something I honestly feel few industries can compare to. Most of us get to go to work in a morning and leave with a sense of huge achievement having impacted the lives of so so many people.
I imagine the same feeling those in the emergency services have daily. Taking people at their lowest and picking them up.
I know however that if our industry survived off government grants and was in a constant state of survival we too would be the victims of cuts, unemployment and people improving everyone’s lives besides that of those providing the service.
We’re fortunate in that we have an industry that is self sustaining but I know from over 20 years in the industry that there are and have been so many great coaches improving people’s lives in our industry that are simply no longer in it.
They failed to do the things they were never taught and were sent out with insufficient tools for the job.
They were never taught about managing finances, business, hell most weren’t even taught vital aspects of communication. The element that is oh, so critical in what we do.
I created the Advanced Coaching Academy so I wouldn’t spend the next 20 years watching the very people that are changing the lives of complete strangers on a daily basis yet their own quality of life deteriorating. Unable to afford basic things in life whilst trying to paint the expected facade our industry insists upon.
The ACA was built with the same integrity, passion and commitment I had for all of my own clients over those 20 years. Unlike then the people I’m trying to help are the coaches themselves, the pioneers and people who can truly make a difference.
Who was it made for?