There are several things I take seriously in life:
2. My meme game.
4. The current state of the economy.
5. World hunger.
6. Germany’s performance in The World Cup.
7. My profession as a coach.
Anything I take seriously in life, I approach with fervor, discipline and passion. Especially with my profession as a strength coach, I don’t half-ass.
But oddly enough, people from the outside see otherwise. Typically, they see being a coach as more of a hobby than actual career – a place where I can chill and not do any real work or not endure any real life stress.
To everyone who thinks this: fuck. you.
Okay. Maybe that was aggressive. Good.
Of course, I want to give these folks the benefit of the doubt. I mean, come on: they see me wearing sweatpants 24/7. They see me in a gym. They see me skipping around a soccer field with 10 year olds. They see me doing bicep curls. They see me blogging in my underwear from the comfort of my own home. Actually, that’s creepy. Don’t do that.
They see me sipping coffee with a mimosa on-hand, as I create out of thin air and publish blog posts without batting an eyelash.
I’ll admit: for the most part, life is good. It’s chill. I’m happy. I’m content. I’m having a blast. I’m getting in my bicep curls.
I guess what I do looks like a hobby.
Alas, there are so many moving pieces on the reg that no one knows about. There are so many “oh shit” moments, especially if you work in the private sector and you’re on your own fighting the wolves. There are so many “sub-jobs” like writing for publications, creating online programs, tweeting, emailing clients, setting up schedules, designing off-season and in-season programs, and traveling to watch athletes play. There are numerous creative pursuits, like book writing and collaborating with colleagues on articles and podcasts.
On top of all this, there are stacks of books to read from anatomy to functional training to human movement science to business. And admittedly, I can’t count how many times I’ve read Gary V’s Crush It. I probably could Spark Note that shit.
To that end, there’s NEVER a dull moment.
With that said, this is a profession that I take seriously. Never have I seen it as a hobby. It’s what I went to school for. It’s what I worked so hard for while taking Master’s Degree classes, while working full-time and wanting to bang my head against a wall. It’s what I relentlessly attended conferences for and read books for during my time “off.”
Most strength coaches have also pushed through the same experiences. Because they take it seriously and want to get better at their craft.
Put simply, we ain’t fucking around.
We don’t see this as a hobby, people.
And when someone asks for me a discount one more time, I’ll triple dog dare them to ask their dentist, barber, or pedicure lady for a discount. I’m willing to bet it won’t end well.
I’ll evade going off on a tangent, but strength and conditioning is a profession that needs to be respected.
Just like every other career, coaches are learning, going through school, attending conferences, studying anatomy and biomechanics, all while servicing human beings, making athletes better, and looking the part themselves.
Fuck outta here with the “it’s a hobby” noise.
If you want more reading on this topic, read my Part 1 here. It goes into depth on what strength coaches need to do and know in order to be successful at helping others and staying afloat in an over-saturated industry.