Stay In Your Lane: How to Embrace Humility as a Coach DRAFT

Chris Holder
Kettlebells, Strength and Conditioning, Martial Arts


Coaching and big egos are synonymous. Aside from actors and musicians, I am hard-pressed to think of another group of professionals who think as highly of themselves as we do. It’s equal parts laughable and sad.


Thanks to social media and the availability of information online, the world of strength and fitness is saturated with know-it-alls. You can’t turn a corner on the web without fifty trainers who have around thirty minutes of experience getting on their high horses and telling you where you are making mistakes. It’s all over the place.


Whether you are a high-level trainer, coach to a world-class lifter, or the person behind the physical successes of a championship team, you need to know your place in the world, and it is likely not where you think it is. If you’re unsure where you fit in, ask yourself the following questions.


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A career as a coach or trainer is a never ending opportunity to learn, grow, and re-invent yourself.


You don’t get to pick the problems you solve because everyone who you come across is different: Different genders, ages, fitness levels, disposable time, disposable income, and almost always unsure of their commitment.


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There are no simple answers to how to be a good pro. No one can sell your services for you. There is no silver bullet for success.



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