The weight room is a relatively simple space – fill a room with dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, plates, some benches and you basically have the framework for a weight room. However, just like your home, there should be much more to your weight room than the framework.
Visit a number of gyms and you will see a lot of the same tools (framework) being used. The one thing you will notice is the different vibe you will get at each.
The people in the gym create the character of that space by sharing a passion for their goals, commitment level, attitudes, and their support for one another. This group of athletes shares a special bond from training together, celebrating successes and pushing through the tough days. These individuals are the heart of the gym.
The coaches who set the standard for quality and pass on their training philosophies also influence the character or personality of the gym.
A weight room with good character, built on inspiring and dedicated athletes, and armed with knowledgeable and supportive staff, provide you with so much more than the notion of becoming more fit and losing a few jean sizes.
Athletes have no choice but to learn integrity in the weight room. Exercises like the squat, bench press, deadlift, and military press require a high level of skill and if you do not perform them properly, you will likely get injured. Training with integrity – an unwavering standard when it comes to technique – will keep you training safely regardless of if it’s your first set or your last set.
Safety and integrity in the gym are not optional. A gym full of great character and integrity was my vision when I opened Gunning Elite Training (GET). I’ve made my fair share of mistakes in the past as an athlete and coach, but I’ve learned from them. What I described above is what I believe makes a strong gym, drives success… and is what I know we have going on at GET.
I challenge you to take an honest look at your gym and ask yourself the following questions…
- Am I being held to a high standard? Are the people around me trying to improve themselves like I am?
- Are my training partners humble and compassionate? Is the individual who is deadlifting the most weight helping the newbie unload their weights?
- Are you surrounded by others who are helping you reach your goals? Do you find yourself working harder because of the people working around you?
In order to reach your goals in a safe and healthy way, your gym must be so much more than a weight room. Although it appears to be a simple space, the athletes and coaches make it about so much more than lifting heavy things. Thank you to the GET Team for making our gym much more than a weight room, every day.
Let’s GET It!!!