I had a recent run in this last week, one that doesn’t happen very often in our facilities, but one I suspect happens to a lot of gyms all over the country. I don’t know if it’s a new trend brought on by society’s level of intolerance, or maybe people are just more outspoken with opinions now than they were. Either way it gave me pause. As a coach and a health professional I have to ask, when did it become ok to judge people who need (or want) to lose weight and are doing the things needed to make that happen? Shouldn’t we be cheering them on and encouraging them rather than putting them down and labeling them?
Hard training will be different for everyone. 10 years ago, for me, it was 8 hour training rides in the mountains with 60 min tempo efforts up the canyons in Salt Lake. I’m pretty sure that would put most people in a body bag. At RFT Coaching, we train hard, very hard, but that should never mean we are unwelcoming toward the new and uninitiated. And we extend that to people who are brand new and going to another gym. Believe me, they will hit plateaus and start looking for the next step eventually, and we will be there when they are ready. But in the mean time, let’s congratulate them on taking that step, not tear them down for where they are currently. Humans can change physically, pretty easily actually, it’s our way of thinking and our opinions that may really need to be shifted and trained out of us and this can be a harder process.
As coaches, we want to help you get better than you were yesterday, nothing more, nothing less. As fellow athletes in our facilities, you have an obligation to welcome new members, be encouraging, and help them along (you were there not that long ago, remember?).
We said from the beginning our gym is a tool to get better, not a competition. As long as you do the work for the time we set and put in effort you will get results. We don’t care what you look like, how good or bad you move right now, who you sleep with, vote for, pray to, do for a living, or where you come from. Pay the iron price when you come in, work hard, and you will always have a home here.
Aspera Non Spernit