I see things, man. Weird things. I read a lot of day-in-the-life type posts from coaches and trainers and sometimes I am left scratching my head. All the obstacles and all the triumphs and all the drama. What’s the message, that you’re a superhero because you do things that every other working person does? Nah. That’s not the deal.
I love coaching. I love owning a business. I busted my ass to get to the point where I have a life that affords me a lot of flexibility and puts me in daily touch with people I adore. It didn’t come on a silver platter, but we know most worthwhile things in life don’t.
And I think the world needs coaches. I think the world needs great coaches. So I want to write something that highlights a pretty great day. Do the grunt work and listen to people who are smarter than you are and work towards owning your days as best you can.
7:30 AM: Woke up. Kids have been up for an hour; I should’ve been up with them but I went to bed late last night so I slept in. I drink my coffee and text with one of our awesome coaches Amy–we had an awesome first Open prep class today–while my oldest plays some geography games on the computer and my youngest does his Legos. At 8:15 we begin the daily negotiations on clothing, jackets, etc. I drop them to school.
8:45 AM: Empty and then refill the dishwasher. My first client is at 10 today so I have some time. I should (should is a funny word) work out, but I’d rather answer some emails. My business manager comes over and we go over the week’s deposit and some purchases we’re making. 2017 has started out really well for the gym and I think that’s in no small part because we are all having so much fun. I need to remember this when it’s February and there’s ten feet of snow outside.
10 AM: Grab another cup of coffee on my way to train my first client of the day. He is running through a variation of Rip’s novice program–we squat, push, and pull. Between sets I enter notes into his file on Evernote–he and I can both see what we’ve done, the things we’ve talked about between sets, and the recommendations I’ve made for weightlifting shoes. It’s an awesome platform. Everyone in the gym is working really hard and another of our awesome coaches Alicia is running a great open gym–people are moving, laughing, and getting great coaching.
11 AM: Meet with yet another of our awesome coaches Erin to check in on how her evening classes are going, among other things. We talk about some longer-term projects she is interested in. This kid is a keeper.
11:30 AM: Do a half-hour check in with one of our veteran athletes who is fine tuning some performance pieces (nutrition and movement)–sometimes I think I can get more done in a half than a whole. Great session…we’ll see some really cool results.
12 PM: Step outside for a phone call with one of my mentors. We’re bouncing around some pretty cool ideas, and standing in 50 degree weather in the middle of January in New England is a pretty rare blessing, so I’m happy to workshop this stuff for 45 minutes. Great call.
1 PM: Alicia and I meet with a wonderful local photographer, Mollie McPhee, about some new photos for our new website. I’m really excited to have a site that reflects our community’s joy and achievement. Mollie is great–we really click.
2:15 PM: I read a couple of articles and then hit a 45 minute PT with one of our student athletes. This is one of the most rewarding parts of my day; this kid is tuned in, works hard, and lets me teach. We’ll make a ton of progress for spring sports over the next two months.
3:15 PM: Local high school rowing team files into the gym; they rent space for a couple afternoons a week. Great kids. (I say this a lot!) I hit the post office to send a couple of t-shirts to one of our members who lives in the Midwest now. Pretty psyched to be sending our gear out and humbling to think about someone representing us like that!
4 PM: Write this blog post while eating pepperoni slices. I forgot to pack my chicken for lunch, so I’m hungry. No big deal–should’ve remembered to make a note of this. We’re having philly steak wraps from realplans.com for dinner tonight and I will search and destroy. My wife Beth is lifting downstairs while our kids play Bounce-Off and eat pepperoni with me. I’ll shut this down in a few and make appointments for my lunch prep and workout tomorrow morning–when they go on my calendar, I get it done.
Days aren’t all this cool, but by and large they’re pretty alright–I work with great coaches in service of great members, I have a good degree of flexibility, and I’m not any kind of superhero for getting this done. I love what I do. And I will eat two steak wraps.