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Every time I wake up at this time I think about my days as a full-time trainer. 

I would purposely wake up a couple of minutes later then I should have because I couldn't bare to look at the sight of 4am on the clock. 

I'd wash and brush up, drive a half hour to be at the gym for my 6am small group training class.

The gym didn't actually have a cardio room or small group training space but it had a kids room.

The kids room was packed with toys which I had to clear away each morning before class and replace with the big boy toys.

I'd run half hour Bootcamps every half hour until the kids room was open for business at 9am.

Then it was off to my one-on-ones which I would train for a half hour at a time until 3pm (half hour sessions are a gift and a curse).

I would then go to the sports performance facility I worked at around 3:30 where I would train groups of athletes until 8:30pm. 

Home by 9:30, rinse, and repeat.

That was that phase of my life.

Then there was the time I managed some pretty popular gyms, the hours there just so happen to be between the hours of 6am-10pm.

Oh yea, and that time I worked for a college program that had teams cycling through the weight room from 6am-7pm.

They were all great experiences, throughout it all there have been some constants:

For the last 10 years I've ways seen 5:01am on the clock.

Math was never my strong suit, but I quickly learned a couple of formulas:

Talk to more people = Get more leads

Sell more = Make more

Work more hours = Make more money

I've gone from spraying down equipment, to personal trainer, to assistant manager, to manager, to opening up facilities, consulting, advising, etc. 

I have for lack of a better term, worked up the "corporate fitness ladder."

Helping people now as they pursue some of their biggest goals is an absolute dream for me.

I say none of this to brag but to tell you know that I don't wake up this early because it's a habit, but because the dreams I have when I sleep are nothing compared to the dream life I'm living day-to-day.

This is not unattainable, you can have it, check out these 10 observations I've made that you can use to propel your career forward:

1. Every gym you work in and every client you train is a stepping stone. If you have a client for 15 years + or work at the same gym for over 15 years you're becoming a dinosaur. Until you have your own business, reached your goals, and you're ready to make the leap, treat everything you do as just that. 

2. Everything you do needs to be done with the upmost integrity. It's something that will follow you your entire career. 

3. Don't ever lie, cheat, or steal. It's the worst thing you can do. If it all works out, you will be a business owner one day and pray that your employees are not screwing you.

4. Don't get walked over. Being the "nice" guy is not always the best, I've realized that the hard way at times. There's a place for us but never let anyone push you around.

5. The second you are thinking about leaving that job, leave. It's not a good fit for you or the businesses culture. Don't let either suffer because you're scared of making the leap.

6. Don't do something for nothing. Everyone wants to write for magazines, do online training, and a bunch of other things just to "do it." The person who tries to do everything actually does nothing.

7. Never forget the people who got you to where you are today. I've worked in about 8-10 different fitness related settings and got to my next step because of at least one person at that step. If you don't have that person then seek out who that one person is. If nobody is that person at your gym and you are that person then it's time to move on or seek an outside source.

8. Don't just read fitness books. Always have one business book in your rotation.

9. Always have someone to mentor. If you are passionate about this industry then you will help others grow. If you are new and still in the cleaning equipment phase then you better teach the next new employee how to scrub the hell out of that Abductor Machine.

10. Once you do all of the aforementioned things really really well, THEN, you can tell the world how great you are and start charging for consulting, advising, and developing products. 

11. Never stop waking up early.

12. Don't always follow the "norm," and be yourself as much as possible.

This may sound weird but sometimes the worst thing for a trainer to do is to pack their schedule. If you're not in your ideal situation now then every hour spent training is an hour of energy being sucked right out of you.

Don't wake up 5 years from now, a couple of dollars richer, but never haven taken the time to figure out exactly what you wanted.

#personaltrainer   #personaltraining   #fitness  
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What you see is what you get. Studies have shown that we live like the person that we see in the mirror, that nothing controls our lives more than our self image. 

Simply put, if you don't see yourself as being successful, then you won't be. Since we are so limited by our vision, if you want to change your life, you must change your vision of it.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger was retiring from bodybuilding a reporter asked him, "when you're retired, what will you do next?" 

To which he replied, "I'm going to be the #1 movie star in Hollywood."

The reporter literally laughed doubting that this muscular dude with a strong accent could ever make it in Hollywood. 

He then asked Arnold, "how do you plan on making this dream come true?"

Arnold said, "I'll do it the same way I became the #1 Body Builder in the world. I'll create a vision of who I want to be, then I'll start living like that person in my mind as if it were already true."

Next Steps:

Most of our days are started by looking at ourselves in the mirror. The more confident you are with the person you see the more positive your day can be.

Tape a message to your mirror to remind you to try and be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday. 

Things to tape:

The Paragraph Of Your Ideal Day
Your Goals
A Short Motivational Pump You Up Sentence i.e. "Today I am going to be a better person then I was yesterday" 
A Quote
A Picture Of A Loved One

Anything that will make you consciously think about why you punched the alarm clock that morning. Your drive, your compass, and the reason you're going in this direction in life. 

Start being in control of what you see in the mirror and you will have a lot more control of your life.

#Fitness   #fitfam   #fit  
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As all of the employees entered the office they saw a big sign on the door that read: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the lobby area."

In the beginning, everyone was sad for the death of their colleague. How could someone they’ve been working with for so long, just, be gone. After a while they started getting curious to find out who exactly this man was that hindered the growth of their colleagues and the company itself.

The excitement in the lobby area was so crazy that security had to come to control the crowd. The more people that reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up. 

Everyone thought: “Who is this guy who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he died!” One-by-one the anxious employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless. 

They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul. There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside saw themselves. 

There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU.”


YOU are the only person who can make a change in your life. YOU are the only person who can influence the start of what will be a positive mindset where things will go right. 

Not your boss, not your partner, not the economy, not a politician, not your friends, YOU.

If you really want to reach something beyond what you're currently achieving then the first thing you have to do is to realize that there is only one person responsible for your life, YOU. 

The sooner you realize that, the sooner you will be the REAL you.
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We often convince ourselves with "it'll be better when." It'll be better when I get a new job, make more money, get promoted. Then we are frustrated that we have to work so many hours, don't have time for a social life or to hang out with our friends.

It'll be better when we can buy a nice car and get our dream home. We'll certainty be happy at that stage.

We tell ourselves that life will be complete when we get married and have kids. That it'll be better when the kids are no longer babies, teenagers, then out of the house.

It'll be better when we retire, when we don't need to work, our kids are grown up, and we can do whatever we want.

The truth is there is never a magical time to start being happy or when life will be "easier." There will always be challenges in the way, and the more you look to rush to get to the next phase, the faster your one life will go.

Your Mission:

Cherish the time and phase of your life that you're in right now, be happy with the people around you. 

Happiness is the way, time waits for nobody.

Realize that each new phase brings new challenges.

So whether you're thinking "it'll be better when:"

It's spring
It's summer
It's fall
It's winter
You finish school
You find a new job
You get a promotion
You find a boyfriend/girlfriend
You get a new car 
You find a different job
You find a different boyfriend/girlfriend 
You marry this person
You get a house
You have a kid
You have another kid
Those kids are no longer babies
Those kids are no longer teenagers
Those kids are out of the house
You retire

I could say something cliche like "happiness is a journey, not a destination."

But I'll stick with, just enjoy the ride because it's like a roller coaster with ups, downs, and unexpected turns. 

The more you like roller coasters the more you will enjoy life.

#motivation   #fitness   #fit   #dailymotivation  
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