99% of Your Members Don’t Need Extra Volume

Pat Barber Coaching Development

If your members want to get fitter, stronger and healthier, they don’t need a strength-biased program.

They will get plenty strong with a GPP program.

The only three groups of people who need a strength-biased program, or extra volume, are:
1) People who want to lift more often (because they enjoy lifting, regardless of what it does to their overall fitness),
2) Power/Oly lifter competitors,
3) CrossFit competitors.

And even then, a strength + metcon formula still isn’t the only way to get that extra strength work.⠀

Most people — the 99% of your gym and potential members — just need to get to the gym and workout hard, with good coaching. They need constantly varied functional movements executed at a high intensity, coupled with meats, veggies, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar. Not a strength cycle.⠀

If you want the nitty gritty details of why we believe in a GPP program, read this page. We hit every concern people have when they’re switching away from a strength-biased program to a GPP program.⠀

For CrossFit Coaches: Passion vs. Purpose

Pat Barber Coaching Development

We might even change the quote to “Working hard for something we love is called purpose.”

With passion vs. purpose, we’re talking about the difference between a wildfire and a controlled burn.

Passion is wonderful. It’s the spark, the fire, the thing that keeps you going. It burns hot.

But it can burn out, or burn you out, and take over everything. It can ruin you.

Purpose, on the other hand, is more clear-headed, more controlled.

It is a combination of passion and reason. Or, perhaps, it is passion tempered by reason.

There’s strategy, planning, logic. There is a balance. Between the drive and the design. Between determination and intention. Between action and contemplation.

When people think of passion, they often think of enthusiasm or motivation. They think of forward motion.

With purpose, we’re asked to stand still and think about why we’re doing what we’re doing. What’s the point? And then once we have that answer, we can give energy to that ‘why’ with passion.⠀

As a coach or gym owner, what’s your why? ⠀

And, how do you feel about passion vs. purpose? How do these two forces show up in your life?

Perfect Isn’t Possible

Pat Barber Coaching Development, Gym Management

I’ve found that when an employee or coach comes to me to complain about something, I’m much more open to what they’re saying when they bring some solutions to the table. It shows me that they’ve thought through the problem and taken the initiative to come up with a few different ways to resolve it.

I appreciate their potential solutions because sometimes my role as a leader means that I can’t get too bogged down in what isn’t working. I can’t spend time brainstorming on how to fix every little problem. I have to focus my energies on amplifying what IS working so that we play to our strengths. Perfect isn’t possible.⠀

It’s all a balancing act, isn’t it? Is the problem really a problem? If so, tell me how you think we could fix it.⠀

Just something I’m thinking about.

We Need More Family Meal Style Coach Meetings

Pat Barber Coaching Development, Gym Management

I think we are doing team meetings wrong.

I mean, most facilities have small teams about the size of a friend group at a backyard bbq. But do we sit at a long table and share good conversation, some laughs and decent food? No, 99% of us do not do meetings that way. ⠀

I think that’s a mistake.⠀

Let me explain. With a hypothetical story.⠀

I’m sitting at a table with my team. We’re snacking and going through the agenda. Someone gives me some negative feedback. I’ve just stuffed a nice bite of guacamole in my mouth, so now I’ve got to chew on my food and swallow before I can respond. That gives me a few extra seconds to really think about (or chew on) what they’ve said and how I’ll respond. It also means, that while I’m chewing, I have to listen to someone give their whole story. I cannot interrupt their train of thought. ⠀

Just having food for people to chew on can lead to less defensive, more productive conversations. ⠀

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that huge business deals are often brokered over dinner. These people know what they’re doing.⠀

Highly successful restaurants also do this, by the way. Before service, the back of the house and the front of the house sit down and share a meal together. It’s called “family meal.” It powers people up for a shift and helps people connect in ways they wouldn’t otherwise have time for.

Coming together at a table is powerful.

Food matters. It’s comforting. It makes us happy. It changes the mood or vibe of the room. It brings us together, no matter our differences. ⠀

So, I think we need more potluck team meetings. More family dinner team meetings.

Meetings that feel less corporate. We all try the more corporate, serious meetings because it makes us feel more grown-up and legit, maybe even more important. But is that really true? And, what are we sacrificing in the process? ⠀

What do you think? Have you experimented with bringing food into meetings?

Try it for a month and take note of how the meetings change.

Is there more openness? More creativity? More honesty? Better communication? Do you have more breakthroughs? Better collaboration? Are people more willing to share?

Know What You’re Selling

Pat Barber Gym Management

Humans are emotional beings. Meaning makers. Storytelling animals. ⠀

Which is something to remember when we’re talking about why we do what we do. And why people should care.⠀

As a coach, what are you really offering?⠀

As a facility owner, what are you selling? Why does your gym really exist? ⠀

How can you reframe it so that people can truly connect with it?