I'm a coach, for a living .... A fitness coach by absolute, but I consider myself more of a life coach by design. I am there to support my clients through any aspect of their health journey, and being that health isn't just physical but all encompassing, I will gladly guide and support someone through it all- if that's what they seek, of course. As a coach though, don't mistake me for knowing it all, or having all the answers, because I don't... I'm on the same journey as everyone else- a simple quest for balance through it all on this ride called life. I live my life through trial and error - often a lot of error.... And in the process I hope to find some things that work for me... Which I will kindly share with anyone interested, though fair warning just because it works for me doesn't mean it will work for you, which is why my job as a coach is just to guide you & support you through your own trial and error- your journey of exploration- discovering your path along the way.
And Yes I am a fitness coach. I have coached sports performance, general fitness, strength & conditioning, Crossfit, and simply movement- whatever labels you want or need to give it all, if you will.... But does that mean I am going to have washboard abs all the time? Or the most rocking body over every lady in the gym? Or be the fastest? The strongest? Or the one who has mastered every sick skill? Absolutely not!!! Please recognize that as a coach my job isn't to be the best athlete, have the "sexiest" body, or be the one who can do it all.... My job is to do my BEST - to see YOUR potential - and help YOU achieve YOUR best (period). If that means your potential is greater then mine to compete, to squat, to run, to do advanced athletic skills, or anything else... Then excellent! I know their is greatness in every person waiting to be discovered, and I desire more then words can say to help anyone (who wants to be helped of course) to seek and achieve their greatness... Nothing in the world brings me more pleasure than watching someone achieve a goal, reach a PR, or accomplish something that even he /she didn't know she could do!!! It's literally what makes the bells ring and my heart sing... It's seriously what makes time stand still even for just a moment... It's those moments that remind me what it's all for and why I love it so damn much.
And does that mean I don't still have my own goals that I go after? Absolutely not - I'm working towards growing and being better every day, in every way... But please know that doesn't mean my goals (especially related to fitness) are the same as your goals - and that is ok. If anything is certain, I know that I have a talent, a passion, and a heart to see the greatness in each person, to know their potential even when they can't see it in themselves, and the desire to help them discover their greatness through my eyes.... I have the desire and the drive to help people achieve what they seek and be their best, even if that means being 10x better then I could ever be - and, I hope every person gets better then me.
To me, this is what makes a good coach... Guiding others to rise above. So while I won't often be the fastest or strongest, I will always be doing and being my very best in any given moment - I will always be experimenting so that I can use the discoveries to help another, I'll always be researching and learning so I can continue to grow and have a stronger skill set and more knowledge to offer the people I serve, and I will always be striving to live as an example each and every day in some way.
I believe that even the greatest coaches need coaches and/or mentors, as we recognize that the only things we know is that no matter how much we know - we don't really know and there is always more to learn along the way... We are all students and teachers learning from each other every step of the way if we allow ourselves to be... because in life everyone always has something to learn and everyone always has somethings to teach!