Standing My Ground
I quit my first real paid job as a fitness professional because I was ultimately told to "smoke" my clients. I was told to push them to the point of exhaustion every single class. The quality of my classes were judged on how sore everyone felt the next day... the more sore, the better. Were their lungs burning after class? That was a quality gauge. I failed, to say the least.
The reality of this ridiculous and outdated methodology is that I was actually "shown" exactly how to destroy people.
I disagreed, loudly, because this was not at all what I had signed up for in the beginning. I was told I was too black and white. I was told I was abrasive. I was told I was not a good coach. I was also told that my personality was better when I was drinking and I should work on that (I was told this while in a business meeting, the day after a Christmas party). Anything goes to break this stupid girl down, right? Can’t prove me wrong on a professional level, so onto personal attacks... Regardless, I stood my ground. I wanted my classes to focus on skill and form and technique as I was trained to do as a professional. I continued to include these things and continued to give regressions to my students as needed, and I was chastised for this. At the end of the day, my job was to “smoke” people, and that was all. I worked there for 3 months before I quit. And to be honest, in the end, I was pretty broken by this point.
I had hoped that with all my continued education and experience that I would be able to move into this position and make a positive impact. What I learned from this experience was that bro science is real... women are nothing more than idiots to some men... and you are never supposed to say no to the boss man. I heard these three things loud and clear. And I rebelled. HARD. I said no. And I consequently, I paid for it.
The biggest take away from this experience has been how NOT to ever run my business. For that, I am still grateful.
My little business is currently thriving, using StrongFirst principles and standards, and using current proper professional fitness industry standards. I can proudly stand behind this business that I have built, every single day, and know that I have served my students and clients to the very best of my ability and knowledge. And that is how we will continue to move forward <3