While some of you may recall and others may not, “Inspire some Intimidate the Rest” use to be our slogan for NBS Fitness. Now, I could see how having this as your business slogan could lead one to believe that we are in fact an intimidating gym full of intimidating meat heads. However, that being our gym slogan or not, I can guarantee you that we are not an intimidating place. I can still recall the very first time I came to NBS 3 years ago as an intern.
I remember walking into our old building that we were in before our current one and thinking to myself that I had never seen anything like it before. Of course, at that moment I did feel a bit intimidated. I looked around the place and noticed all of the bars on the wall and didn’t have a single clue what any of them were for. That was exactly my problem at the time. I didn’t know anything, and I didn’t know anybody. I stood there with my backpack in my hand looking around with my mouth hanging wide open. It was at that point that our owner, David Allen, looked over at me and said, “Well, are you just gonna stand their like an idiot, or are you gonna put your stuff down and come on!!?” In a bustle, I looked for somewhere to put my stuff, and ran into his office. That was my first day at NBS.
Again, I was experiencing a bit of intimidation that day, only because at that time I really didn’t know David, or this other guy with a mowhawk, or anybody else at the moment. What I’m trying to get at is, if you think that we are an intimidating gym, full of intimidating people, then you really don’t know us yet. These people who when I first met them, and was unsure and perhaps a little intimidated by, would soon become some of the most important and influential people in my life. Fast forward 3 years and most of these people are now really great friends of mine that I see almost every day of the week!
What i’m really trying to say is that if you find yourself coming to NBS for the first time and you feel intimidated, then you should really just take a little time to introduce yourself to anyone you see. Get to know us, and ask questions about things that you don’t know about. I promise in roughly a week or two you will start to sense the community that we try to create for everyone here at NBS. When I was interning, I had another job at a commercial gym here in the city. I could have chosen to leave NBS as soon as I had gotten my hours for the day, and gone to my other gym that I worked at, where I was comfortable and where I knew everyone, where I wasn’t an outsider. Despite all of that, I chose to stick around NBS a little longer to get my training session in. I wanted to get to know all of these like-minded, driven people that were a part of NBS. I wanted to soak up and learn as much as I could from them. I wanted to better myself, and I wanted to help others in the process.
Before I knew it, without even noticing or thinking about it, I wasn’t intimidated anymore. In fact, I thought to myself, “Why was I thinking that in the first place? Everyone here is incredibly nice and only want to see others around them succeed.” I’ve come to learn that the best thing I can do as a coach, is to make a person better than me. Then, and only then, you have truly become a great coach.
I’ll say this. If you do happen to cross paths with someone at our gym that comes across as intimidating, chances are they don’t even belong there. In fact, most of the time these people have a way of weeding themselves out of our gym. There is no place for anyone like that at NBS. Our goal is to watch you grow and develop not only as a lifer, or whatever your training interests may be in, but also as a person.
I urge you, if you’re new to NBS and you feel a little intimidated, it’s only because you haven’t had the opportunity to get to know the great people that are a part of our community. Take the time to shake some hands and tell us about yourself and what has brought you to our gym. We are not intimidating, and we are glad to have you.