I have had the immense pleasure of teaching fitness professionals in several different countries and there is one trait that I believe will determine their impact within the fitness industry… How coachable they are.
I have taught in rooms where people did not want to be there. On the surface they appeared to be a successful trainer because they had years of experience and a multitude of qualifications. However, this just obscured the truth. The truth was that these people were close minded, unwilling to accept feedback and did not to show a hint of humility.
‘What could I possibly teach them that they didn’t already know? They were older, more experienced, had more years or experience and could lift more than I could. Well if they adopted a ‘coachable’ mindset I am sure they would’ve learnt at least one thing that would’ve improved them as a fitness professional. However, they were more focused on being ‘right’ as opposed to being ‘better’.
On the other hand, I have observed many fitness professionals that are going to make a profound impact with lots of people. These people epitomise ‘coachable’. They embrace knowledge with an open mind, they leave their ego at the door, welcome feedback, are always learning and they take action.
What kind of coach do you want to be?
Are you welcoming feedback so you can increase your impact?
Are you constantly seeking great mentors and coaches to learn from?
Are you surrendering control and allowing yourself to learn something new?
I am currently reading Mike Boyle’s book on strength training. He is one of the most revered strength coaches in the world and it is easy to see why. He is constantly learning, admits his shortcomings and has no ego. These traits show why has impacted so many and continues to do so.
Coachable people will move this industry forward. They will inspire others with their actions and constantly endeavour to improve and magnify their impact.