I went from being an athlete, coach, and personal trainer, to a boss, a role model, a programmer, an educator, and a designer, as well as remaining an athlete, coach, and personal trainer.
Everything I do for 202strong, I do with every ounce of my heart and soul. Every hour of my days, I spend trying to be the best version of those roles that I can be. I am always making sure the business reflects who I am and what I want to accomplish.
Rob and I are in this adventure together and we both bring different strengths to the table, so this is simply from my perspective as co-owner of 202strong.
Bringing on new coaches quickly put me in the position of being an educator and a role model. I aim to give my coaches the knowledge they need, and deserve to have, to succeed quickly. A big focus of 202strong as a brand, is the excellent coaching and the knowledge that all of our coaches have. I want every member to have the best experience during each class and be confident that whoever is coaching will deliver that experience. By giving new coaches hands-on and written tests, incorporating all of our coaches into developing the warm-ups for our programming, and having them shadow classes and co-coach, I believe I am giving them the tools they need to succeed, learn, and grow. It is important to me to develop the 202strong coaching staff with the tools I would want to have when I was first learning.
I have also turned into a boss for the first time in my life. I am a boss to many people that I can call close friends. For those employees who I only first met a few months ago, I want to be approachable and friendly instead of feared or dreaded. So how does one juggle being a friend and being a boss? I don't think of myself as a boss, or as a commander, or really as anyone any more special or important than any coach or front desk staff. The biggest thing I strive to achieve is respect. I am always here to help because at the end of the day, 202strong wouldn't function without the help and personalities of everyone involved. I am so grateful and so thankful for the hard work, dedication, and really great work from each and every person at 202strong.
I am a programmer. I have held this role before, but this time, the programming for 202strong feels more of a direct reflection of myself. The entire coaching staff now collaborates to create the programming, which only adds more value and creativity. I do each and every workout at 202strong. I follow the strength cycle. As an athlete, I believe in what I program for our classes and I trust that it will work. I love being part of the community and seeing the results alongside all of the members.
Lastly, and probably the smallest part of my role, is being a designer. When 202strong was designed, Rob and I put a lot of thought into what we wanted and worked with our team to create the best product. In the end, 202strong (both locations) is a direct reflection of what I would want in a fitness facility. I like nice things and I love feeling pampered. I enjoy being in an environment that is clean and aesthetically pleasing.
In the end, the 202strong vision in my head has really turned into a reality. I love everything about this business, this job, and the many roles I play. It is 100% a partnership with Rob, and it wouldn't be what it was without our collaboration and the support and help from everyone involved. But from my personal perspective, 202strong is my pride and joy. I believe in every aspect of it and have loved seeing it unfold these first five months. I can only patiently await the future and continue to put my heart and soul into every bit of the journey.