As a result of decreased enrollment for a few reasons (some projected, some not) and decreased funding from the state, 187 people were out of their jobs this spring, and I was one of them. I have learned some extremely important lessons along the way that I’ll share now, along with where I’m headed.
With this year marking the 20th anniversary of elitefts, Tate acknowledges the significance of the timing of the LTTX seminar for his team, reflecting back on the success of the company in a market where this is not necessarily the norm.
In this article, I hope to take a step away from talking about strength, conditioning, and box programming. I’d like to touch on some things that will hopefully help you to become a better coach, business owner, and athlete.
The most common phase of entrepreneurship is the Farmer Phase. This is where most entrepreneurs abide—not by choice but because it’s where they get stuck.
Our success at JYT, with this approach, has been demonstrated by our consistent growth year after year in our membership, as well as the wide range of people we are able to help and train.
Honestly, there are so many that I could go on forever. Within my sarcastic tone, I hope the message that comes across is simple.
Unfortunately, in our attempt to downsize into a smaller house, hard choices needed to be made, and the home gym that I had spent years putting together had to be left behind in storage. Although this is temporary, I’m not hating it.
If you walked into a gym where plates and dumbbells were scattered everywhere, you likely wouldn’t think twice about leaving your weights on the bar, right?
This is the phase of #hustle and #grind, when the Founders’ wallets are empty but their energy is boundless. It’s as exciting as a roller coaster! But roller coasters aren’t exciting for long.
For this month’s article, I want to write about something that I’ve been doing a lot of recently with some success: interviewing. Consider these eleven rules for your next job opportunity.
As human beings, we live through the experiences life teaches us. We then learn from these moments, whether it’s positive or negative. And ultimately, we pass on.
No one ever gets anywhere alone. These are the people that have supported me and paved the road to where I am today.
As a business owner, the path from Founder to Thief is the path to self-actualization.
Just like families constantly struggle to balance the needs of its members, so too does a business endeavor to find the right balance of serving customers, stakeholders, and employees. There are three key things that, when understood, help achieve these goals.
Through my work at my university, I spend a great deal of time developing students and helping mentor them for career direction, particularly in the exercise science related areas. This is the approach I use to help them find the right path.
I invite you to consider simple choices for space arrangement, staff training, and customer service to help you shape your gym for your chosen demographic and make a difference.
One of the most important lessons of my 15-year leadership career came from a man capable of responding to disrespect and condescension with calmness and grace.
What is true in the gym is true in life. Everything is about strength and overcoming adversity.
Taking on a young athlete that didn’t fit was a big mistake, but how DeFranco handled the situation led to an explosion in his business. This is the story of how kicking a kid out of his gym was one of the three best decisions he ever made.
In the world of strength training, you often see trust: between training partners, between lifters and their equipment, and between competitors and judges. But not all trust is created equal.
Two decades of working in this industry—and even longer being part of it as a lifter—has shown me a lot of great things, but I’ve got a few suggestions as well.
Without focus, you won’t make it far in training, business, or life.
This hostility goes far beyond the baby boomer and Gen Xer tensions that dominated my early professional years. Those generational differences never reached this level of sheer nastiness.
From 1998 to today, elitefts has had one simple goal: to make average athletes great and great athletes elite. This is how the company has grown along the way to educate and outfit the strongest athletes around the world.
You can be the smartest nutrition or training coach in the world, but if you don’t know how to actually help people your business will fail.
Your skills and abilities can get you the job, but your tenacity will get you the results needed to excel at it.
After a long, miserable drive to Ohio, we stuck a camera in Steve’s face and forced him to talk about his life. The results are about what you’d expect.
Through many years training many clients, these are the main lessons that have helped the most for setting lifters up for success.
Continuing their conversation, Shoop and Dave talk about the past and what brought them back together.
If you’ve read Under the Bar you know who Bill Shoop is — he’s the high school football coach Dave credits with changing his life forever.
The psychology of a world-class strength athlete can provide a powerful foundation for success in business, but when mishandled it can also be a disaster in the professional world.
Winners create their chances and don’t wait for opportunities. They are relentless, ruthless, and focused.
If you’re going to invest the time and financial resources to hire a coach, you should be doing everything you can to get the most out of the relationship. Avoiding these common mistakes is a must if you hope to reach your goals.
When we first shared his story in 2014, Tim Ingram had just opened his first training facility. Now he’s back with another story of growth — and an even bigger gym.
Marc Megna’s vision for the future of fitness isn’t founded on the equipment, the layout design, or even the location of the gym. This is the story of how he opened his facility and built its success.
After 15 years of executive leadership riddled with countless mistakes and faulty approaches, I have come to passionately believe that leadership focused on credibility rather than accountability is the more effective approach to take.
One football play earned him a full tuition scholarship, but making the NFL wasn’t quite so easy.
Megna’s accomplishments are many and impressive to all, but his story doesn’t start with a silver spoon or generational talent. This is the story of where it all began.
I recently read two statements that I not only disagree strongly with but am qualified to disagree with. Total immersion in a goal isn’t the only way to success, and if you believe having a family has to take away from your goals — well, you’re wrong.
DeFranco gives advice on authenticity and how staying true to yourself while running your business will bring both you and your clients more success. It worked for Enzo Amore and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Once people know you, the next step is getting them to like you. If you try to make yourself look perfect to accomplish this goal, you’re making a big mistake. You need to be vulnerable.
If you don’t make the time to reach your own goals and make strides personally, you will become resentful of the things you let get in the way. You can really do it all — you’ve just got to do you first.
I’ve heard, “Know your worth” a lot lately, and my response is to say that that statement is absurd and shows that you may not understand business as well as you think you do.
Before the original Q&A, before the equipment, before the team, what was Dave doing?
Beginning to work with Paul Levesque, better known as WWE star Triple H, was a turning point in DeFranco’s career that helped lead to less time in the gym and more time helping other coaches and trainers.
It’s easy to tell your clients why you’re doing what you’re doing, but it’s much harder to prove to them they’ll be rewarded for their efforts. Here are six steps to helping them believe in your methods and the work they’re putting in.
For many people who are passionate about health and fitness, the idea of opening a gym is a very enticing one. These four clues can help guide you in determining if it’s the right move to make.
Most people fail to achieve their goals not because they lack the ability but because they lack the tenacity. Life’s hard and frequently people quit, sometimes 10 meters from the finish line and sometimes two inches. Don’t quit.
Answer two questions about yourself, go do shit, and be prepared for the hard work to not always be gratifying immediately. Then you’re on your way.
A busy work schedule can make it hard to train at the times you’d like to, but there’s always a way to make it work.
There will be people in life who you have to pick up and carry around because their legs are so short that they can’t run fast enough to keep up with you and where you’re going. You need to cut these people out. Get rid of them.
Chris Cooper shares the story behind his mentorship and books, outlines the two most important takeaways from his lecture, and shares several key lessons all gym-owners should know.
Reflecting on past Thanksgiving letters, my closing from 2016 hit me like a ton of bricks. It has been a big year of challenges and opportunities, hardships and success.
There are a number of thoughts, beliefs, and philosophies about life and training I once thought to be true that I no longer do. Here are the disagreements I have with my former self.
Two words forever changed JL’s perspective on what it means to grow a business.
For both trainer and trainee, the service is most valuable when the terms are mutually beneficial and serve the aims of both parties. There’s only one circumstance for me that I’ve found no compensation is sustainable.
The fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s the war you want to be in.