It’s a funny story that I haven’t talked about all that much.
I am not a big fan of the past, I am a much bigger fan of the future.
Who we were is not who we ARE or who we CAN be, so I think about the future a lot.
But I want to tell you a story about my start in training way back in the YMCA on New Cove road.
I was 19 years old and I lived across the street from the YMCA with my parents. At that time, I had it made. I lived with my parents (which meant I could eat as much food for free as I wanted), and along with that the GYM was right across the street from my house. This meant never, ever, ever missing a workout. 🙂
At that point in my life, that was pretty damn good.
I was a student of working out. I read everything that I could on training, fitness, and bodybuilding. Yes, I was failing out of University, but I was getting an EDUCATION on what I loved; fitness and strength training.
Most people don’t know this, but my first job was as a Personal Trainer working weekends at the YMCA. I was one of the youngest people in the gym, but I loved everything about it. I was doing Martial Arts there (Chito-Ryu Karate), where I met some of my Senseis. They had a big impact on me, and taught me the importance of focus, discipline, and concentration.
My focus was very very bad as a kid. Classes bored me, I hated to be told what to do, and I couldn’t read if my life depended on it. I barely passed high school, and I have failed out of University twice.
Most people would be embarrassed by all these failures. I was too, at one point. It was so bad that I had no clue what I was going to do with my life, who I was going to become, what I was going to do for a job and all those wonderful things you go through when you are trying to grow up.
I failed so often and my focus was so bad that if it wasn’t for the YMCA and Karate and my Senseis, I don’t know what I would have done with my life.
Karate and the YMCA saved me. From there, I started to get into strength training and lifting weights.
Looking back now, at no point did I think I would be a coach or own a business. I had no clue about either. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to be in life, but it didn’t come easily!
I never ever wanted to open a gym.
I am not kidding. You can read more about it in this blog post Why I Never Wanted To Open A Gym.
After coaching for 4 hours tonight, I can’t imagine my life without doing what I do.
I had to fail at many things to realize the thing I love and that’s coaching people to live healthier, happier, stronger lives. I want to help them to be mentally & physically strong.
Not just to look strong, but to actually BE strong physically & mentally.
Strength is so much more that what you lift, but getting stronger in the gym will make you stronger in life.
If it wasn’t for my passion for fitness and strength training, I don’t know what I would do with my life.
Tonight after coaching for I realized just how lucky I am and how awesome our gym HWTC is.
All this started from me having a job as a personal trainer at the YMCA.
Surrounding myself with great people, being coach-able, having an open mind, and always trying to improve, and learning from the best.
Never underestimate what you can do. You are better than you realize.
I am very grateful to go from a part time personal trainer at the YMCA to doing what we do at Heavyweights Training Center.