It begins with humility. As a physical preparation coach, I won’t ask for social media likes and followers or boast an embellished resume in claiming to have “transformed” celebrities in photo-altered superficial magazines. I won’t try to impress you with the latest and greatest exercises while screaming in your ear like in fitness TV-shows. I won’t show off or try to take the spotlight from anybody because the spotlight is reserved for the betterment of the client. I want to make the average guy better than they were before stepping into the gym. I want to show your potential…And it begins with humility.
Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. Do you know the world’s best coaches happen to be the world’s worst marketers — you’d be hard-pressed to know who they are because they don’t enjoy the spotlight. I understand that an honest, efficient, and unbiased approach to fitness is often hard in an ego-driven industry marred with widespread use of myth and deception at the expense of safety and integrity for cosmetic and capital motives. I understand that simplicity — as much as we strive for — is sometimes difficult to implement in this industry as it goes against many who seek sophistication to justify their profession. Thus, learning to put the ego aside helps knowing my job as a coach and educator isn’t to prove everyone right, but to get it right in order to help you make good, simple decisions for long-term success.
Consider this the ultimate no-bullshit, honest experience in fitness. My mission is for individuals to come out educated in knowing exactly what to do and how to do it for the rest of their lives — independent from a trainer.
Arin Gragossian, MS CSCS FDN
Founder, Arin Training