It’s been 10 years (OK more it just hit me the other day thanks to a friend) since I got my first training/coaching job. I’m not talking about being a lowly gopher intern, I’m talking about being paid to do it. 10 years, where the hell did that come from?
In my 10 years I’ve learned that I really like working with young people. Yes, youth athletes, but young folks in general. I like my older peeps don’t get me wrong, but something about working with these people gives me a boost lately. Maybe, it’s because I want to teach them how to take care of themselves, earlier than most learn to. certainly earlier than I did. I am a fan of letting all of them feel like they are a bad ass and can take on the world at the least. Hence I've gotten more groups of young people rolling in to the gym, and I really hope that continues.
Also, in my first 10 years, there’s probably loads of people to thank, family and friends of course. For me there are two folks that bare repeating for thank yous once again. My coaching friends and brothers, Mike Anderson and Tony Gentilcore.
Mike took me under his wing when I got hired at my 2nd coaching job, which is where I really honed in most of the things I learned, enabling me to take the leap to go independent a few years later. We only worked together for about a year and a half, but the love and appreciation I have for him is so great, words don’t do it justice. I owe him more than I could ever describe. Thank you Michael.
Tony was just another chance meeting that has been a blessing in disguise as well, thanks in large part to none other than Mike Anderson himself. Those that don’t know, First XV runs out of Tony’s fitness studio, CORE, and I mean exclusively. Tony has been more than generous with his time and consideration of how he can help myself and the other coaches there thrive. It is with absolute certainty I can say, First XV would not be anything close to what it is without him. Once again, I owe him and care for him more than words would ever do. Thank you Tony.
Of course, a special shout out to my homies at Strength Faction as well! Love being in that group too!
In the next 10, all I can hope for is to look back and say I did even better than the previous 10. Here's to 10 more years of coaching, whatever that looks like. Thanks to all of you out there that have supported whatever silly thing I’m doing either here, on the socials or at CORE.
Cheers folks, thanks for reading and have yourself a week!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS