Get out there & Do something incredible!
Full disclosure, before I answer this question, I’d like to let everyone know that this is my gym, I’m the owner and will directly benefit from the success (or failure) of this blog post.
I would also like to let you know that my website/ SEO guys have been begging me to write blog posts about “The Top 3 Kettlebell Exercises For Fat Loss” and other titles like “Kettlebells vs. Dumbbells” but I don’t feel like that today. You won’t receive any information about how to improve your swing in this blog post, (If you like more info on these topics, stop reading and sign-up for a class immediately).
Instead, I thought it’d be a better read to share my experiences as a coach, small business owner and why the hell I chose this path over some cushy 9-5. It might even inspire some of you to get out there and do something incredible today. This blog post is about what exactly Valkyrie means to me and why these four walls (and what they represent) are so important to me. Alright. That’s all out of the way. Leggo!
Young (& Dumb)
I started my career in the fitness industry when I was 18 as an incredibly stupid, over confident young man. I signed up to study my certificate III & IV in fitness at TAFE and completed it over a two semesters. I was easily distracted and barely passed most of my assessments. Pass is a pass right? (teachers loved me). I did however have direction, I knew what I wanted, I knew the end game.
I wanted to be the best trainer EVER and this vague dreamlike goal was what drove me to rise through the ranks at my first corporate gym and start my own personal training business. I signed up to as many certifications as possible to learn more about my trade and I practised my pitch daily to make sure I closed every sale. I was pretty good, and I constantly worked on the things I wasn’t so good at. I realised quickly that this was the one “thing” that I could actually “make it” with. I worked hard.
So at this stage I’m still very young (and dumb), I’m still living at home with too much money and not enough foresight to do anything intelligent with it. Life’s good. However, over time I got complacent with my business and things started slipping. I very quickly got sick of getting up at the crack of dawn and I slowly started to resent my job. Luckily for me, I didn’t have any other options. So I stuck it out. I made it work.
I bounced around from gym to gym with moderate success but I still felt something was missing, and it was. The relationships I had with my clients we’re great but there was no sense of community. It was often difficult to motivate clients with little to no support network. I took on their burdens and it was tiresome. Time for change.
Shoot first, Ask questions later
Now let’s be honest, I didn’t really understand the gravity of the situation when I signed the lease for what is now our gym Valkyrie but I’m glad I went through with it. I’ve was always been a “shoot first, ask questions later” kinda guy but that’s definitely one of the scariest moments of my life. I was 23 when I started Valkyrie and It’s hard to believe how far we’ve made it with all the ups and downs we’ve experienced.
Starting this gym has definitely been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Through this community that we’ve created here at Valkyrie, I’ve found what was missing from before. The people here are some the most down to earth and motivated people I’ve ever met. It’s hard to keep up with them on the best of days and I love them for that.
We share in our wins and losses, and we keep each other accountable. They motivate me to keep learning as a coach and to keep getting better. They keep me passionate and fuel my obsession for kettlebell training but most importantly, they keep me grounded.
This is why Valkyrie and what this gym represents is so important.
Two years old today!
So, the gym is two years old today and maybe after reading this (congrats if you’ve made it this far) you can understand why we work up to 14 hour days. Why we give up our weekends and why we could never do the 9-5 ever again.
Also, I’d like you to ask yourself if your gym shares some of the values highlighted in this blog post. If so, you’re in the right place. If not, find somewhere where you can grow!
Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY VALKYRIE! XO