Before I joined the lucrative industry of coaching, insert satirical tone, I like many college students, did not know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. For any college student reading this, you don’t need to know.
I was training at a small college at the time for the shot put, which by nature involved a lot of heavy lifting. After a more than successful 3 rep max. of front squats, I noticed my knee had popped. The trainers at the time were not interested and told me to stick to the standard ice, elevate, and ibuprofen. I unofficially diagnosed the injury as a torn meniscus years later after talking with friends with similar injuries. This did not sit well because my second set of instructions was to stop all training regiments immediately. Instantly I thought to myself: “how is avoiding anything treatment?”
What began as self-studying on what I could train later became an obsession. All my current work as a first-year was pushed to the side and podcasts by Dr. Jordan Shallow, Cal Dietz, Ben Pakulski, and of course, episodes based on Louis Simmon’s conjugate method. With all the hours of self-study I did, I decided to make it my degree focus. I figured if I were going to go into debt, I’d like to work doing something I would enjoy.
When it came to coaching, I started my career as an intern at my old high school, a top-notch athletics program with great performance staff. I loved the idea of helping athletes reach their true potential and being able to be somewhat of a guide for them. However, as the years passed and the more opportunities I had to coach people, I realized that I was at a stop until I got my degree and certification, that’s the protocol for anyone that wants to coach college athletes.
Through a course and a test, I found my way into personal training at a large commercial gym. I hated it. The position seemed to be more sales-oriented, and I knew that going into the job, but they made it seem like I was a salesman first and a trainer second. In fact, after the salespeople saw what trainers like me made, they even tried to become a trainer! Ironically that was one of the pieces of evidence that I needed to convince myself that training is not just meant for the traditional athletes.
What won me over into training and putting strength coaching on the back burner was when one of my clients shared with me that prior to her training with me, she was severely depressed. On some days where she said she was not feeling good, she blamed it on a stomach ache but later revealed it was because she could not get out of bed.
I will never forget this, but she told me that since working with me she had lost 36lbs and felt like a new woman! She said she gained so much confidence in herself and that even though the bad days are still far and few in between, she felt better ready to attack when the bad ones hit. After I wiped that lone tear from my face I said “at last” because I had accomplished what I had always wanted to since I started studying this stuff in my freshmen dorm room, I impacted someone’s life. Simple as that. I can literally stop training people online right now because of that fulfillment alone. But then it got me thinking…what if I could help more?
Since then I have been finding different ways to help the masses in their journey to a more active lifestyle. That is why I made my monthly training only $20, that’s why I started writing a blog that emphasized transparency and little “clickbait”, and that’s why I even started planning a podcast (in the works right now). There was a lot more highs and lows than what this post makes it out to be, but I will be sprinkling some stories in my future posts. But this gives the essence of why I started to coach/train, to impact the lives of those I guide. It is my love. It is my passion. And I am blessed to say, it is my profession! 🙂