There are a lot of people who I admire in the fitness profession for various reasons. While most of us gravitate toward like-minded individuals or those who train in a similar manner (or share a similar philosophy), I can still appreciate people for their differences. Here are some people I admire and the reasons why I admire them:
1. Tony Gentilcore – Tony consistently writes humorous, entertaining, and informative blogs. He gives credit where credit is due and he doesn’t try to act mysterious or pretend he’s somebody he’s not. Too many trainers are so worried about their image or are trying to portray themselves as overly-important. Tony’s as real as it gets. He’s not afraid to talk about his personal life or film Youtube videos of him lifting heavy weights.
2. Carl Valle – Carl is notorious for calling people out and speaking his mind. This takes guts and I commend him for it. Carl has turned over a new leaf and is trying to be more tactful which I have definitely noticed. I’ve been speaking to Carl on the phone lately and although we disagree about a lot of things, we can always find common ground talking about biomechanics. We both love to analyze exercises, programs, sports, and systems. One of the “litmus tests” I use to determine if a coach is for real or not is whether they talk about exercises. No one knows it all and there’s a ton of truths that are yet to be determined. If you’re a coach and you think you’ve got it all figured out then count your days because they’re limited. You need to have a general philosophy but you need to be open-minded to evolution. It’s very easy to hang out in your “comfort zone” and only surround yourself with people who feel identical to you. But I’ve found that I can learn a lot from people who have different thoughts on strength training and unique perspectives.
3. Charlie Weingroff – Charlie is a rapidly rising star in this profession for good reason…the guy is legit! He has tremendous goals and aspirations and he works his ass off to continue his education. Although Charlie has his DPT and was formerly the strength coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, you can still find Charlie traveling all over the place to receive new certifications, attend seminars, visit coaches, and advance his knowledge. He started up a blog, speaks his mind, posts his workouts, and lifts heavy weights. I mean really heavy! You have to admire a guy like this!
4. Matt Perryman – Matt is another very outspoken guy who loves to call it how he sees it. Matt’s primary interest seems to be general strength training which is an art unto itself. The reason why I admire Matt is because he’s not afraid to try new systems and write about his results. He recently embarked on a high-frequency training expedition and shared his views and results on his blog and various forums. Most people stay within the confines of their little safety nest, Matt’s not afraid to step away from the nest and try something new.
5. Joe Sansalone – Joe is one of the brightest guys in the fitness field yet many people have never heard of him. I’m trying to encourage him to get a blog going as I bet if he started writing more often he’d quickly become one of the more popular writers and speakers in the profession. Joe doesn’t seem to care about this as he’s perfectly happy training clients all day long. This is another quality that I admire. However, I told Joe that this is fine but if he “influences the trainers” he will positively impact a much higher volume of individuals. Hopefully he’ll listen to me. Joe walks the walk and trains very hard. Notice a common theme – I tend to admire and listen to the coaches who train hard. It gives them much more credibility!
These are just five of the many individuals in the fitness profession who I greatly admire. Just one year ago, I didn’t know any coaches or trainers as I too was so busy training people that I never had time to network or meet any people in the field. In the past year I’ve made a lot of friends and it’s definitely improved the quality of my life. In fact, I feel like the bumble bee girl in the 1992 No Rain video by Blind Melon when she finally discovered her “world.”