There’s no denying this: the strength and conditioning industry is saturated.
Left and right, new coaches are entering the landscape hungry to snag clients, train professional athletes, run top D1 programs, open their own facilities, acquire 1 million blog followers, or I don’t know…sit on the iron throne.
Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme. At least no one is getting killed or having their head cut off.
Alas, in any industry, there’s going to be competition. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all for competition. It ensures none of us get complacent and do a half ass job as coaches. We’re propelled to learn, get better, and perfect our crafts daily. We’re pushed to train our athletes with experience and evidence based research, all while growing our biceps even larger. So yeah, competition does ooze personal growth and evolution.
All good in my book.
…Except when it gets ugly.
And this is when heads are cut off.
Competition becomes troublesome when it stems from jealousy, whether if that’s across the industry or within a work place.
Perhaps you have beef with a strength coach online. Perhaps you want to punch the strength coach at your university. Or perhaps colleagues have thrown you under bus, only to get you fired. Or perhaps a strength coach tells you how to do your job because he’s an asshole with a huge ego.
Yes, it sucks.
This bears repeating: trolls, douchebags, egotistical a-holes, and tools are everywhere.
So for whoever is reading this – whether you’re a strength coach with a big heart or an a-hole with an icy soul – I’ll tell you this much: nothing bad ever comes from collaborating.
If you collaborate and encourage your colleagues, they’re more likely to recommend YOUR services to others and go to bat for you and tell everyone about your awesome-ness.
On the opposite end, I had a strength coach reach out to me and say that one of his colleagues covered for him for a lift, only to bash his programming and coaching.
While I understand it’s okay to challenge each other as professionals, the demeanor in which this strength coach spoke was appalling, saying he had “a bone to pick” with him about his coaching.
After that, he never asked his colleague to cover for him again.
Look. It’s okay to be critical and to approach your colleagues in a professional manner, and say, “Hey. I disagree with x, y, and z. Let’s talk and help each other get better.”
This is good for a couple reasons:
1.) There’s no tension or animosity.
2.) You’re able to learn how to communicate like adults.
3.) You both improve as professionals.
4.) You’re both friends and will help each other in the future.
As you go through your careers, keep this in mind. It’s better to collaborate because it’s a win-win for everyone.