Before I come across as a dick, understand that I love all my athletes that become part of the Newell Strength family. I have a deal with them: Whatever energy and emotion they put in, I will give back to them. And I expect a lot from them. This goes for the high school and college athletes and the grown men that are members at Newell Strength.
As far as the athletes go, we have had quite a few have big accomplishments this year. We have had at least 10 athletes this past year earn scholarships to play at the collegiate level. We have had sophomores play varsity for the first time. We have a few bodybuilders that are about to kick ass in a bodybuilding show next weekend. Evan C., won a professional MMA fight back in December. One of our track guys is leading the county in multiple events and has by far made more improvements than any of his teammates. Not because of me or luck, but because he has stuck to his plan like a gunslinger.
So it bothers me when some of the sports coaches or other strength coaches start denying my athletes services or bad mouthing my gym. I don’t quite understand their line of thinking, except that I know it comes from a place of hating. I never even pay attention to other coaches unless I know they are better than me and can teach me something. I had two incidences last week where it seemed a student of mine and athlete of mine had their coaches and bosses showing incredibly childish behavior.
If someone is willing to go out and learn and better themselves and pay hard earned money to do it, you should applaud them, not hate on them. I am sure many of you will face this circumstance in your life at some point. If one of your athletes comes back transformed, find out what the hell they are doing and talk to whoever is helping them. I laugh when I hear reports of ‘silly’ behavior from so called professionals.
In both cases, I would love to sit down in a room with the nitwits that these people are and have an adult conversation. Most likely, they would want to tell me about their methods and why they are the ‘man’, which would tip me off even more to their egocentric behavior and immaturity as personal trainers, professionals and coaches.
Helping to make people better every day is a tiresome job, one that professionals should work together on and collaborate on. Remember the next time you act like a punk, it is just a mirror of your ego and SELF. Regular coaches try to dictate, great coaches lead by example and don’t tell unless asked.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
The man who thinks he knows everything, knows nothing. The man that knows he knows nothing, knows…..