12 month Mentorship programme PRODUCING RESULTS!!!!
My 12 month mentorship programme, which I started last year, has been something I’m really pleased about. I took on 5 people to help them build their business, guide them through UKSCA accreditation, and develop as coaches. And I’m really pleased to say that the results are starting to kick in now.
Paul Cook, who I’m mentoring, is about to open his own facility and is a very solid coach for those of you in the Lincoln area. I’d definitely encourage you to check Paul’a new place out when he opens it. Frontier Physical Conditioning is the name of Paul’s business and the website has a cool blog, well worth checking out.
Anyway here’s Paul’s thoughts on the mentorship programme:
After just finishing my 3 year Sport + Exercise degree I decided that I was going to carry on my CPD and find an internship. There is only so much a degree can give you and I was lacking in practical, hands-on experience which counts for everything in our industry. I was following a few strength coaches online and after a bit of browsing, most of them were promoting Brendan’s work so I had a look at his website.
Bingo! I found his 12 month mentorship programme which meant I could carry on personal training full-time while learning from one of the best strength coaches in the UK.
It all started in September 2012 with the 3-day accelerated learning programme where Tamas Feher (GB weightlifting coach), Ian Pyper, Tom Whittaker, Jared Deacon were there to give their thoughts on their respective sports and strength and conditioning as a whole. It was an amazing 3 –days.
Another part of the mentorship is 12 hourly consultations via Skype with Brendan. These were informal chats about what I am up to and what he had been up to with his athletes. He would draw a summary at the end and give me a few points to nail before we next spoke. These chats gave me much food for thought. I also went up to Leeds to spend time with him and his athletes one day. Watching how he trains and interacts with them was invaluable and I took a lot away from the experience.
I have just booked on to 8, 1-day workshops (part of the mentorship) which include a wide variety of coaches and topics that I can’t wait for. Obviously CPD is a massive part of our industry as it continuously changes and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that in the past 6 months I have become a much better coach than I was previously.
Another thing that appealed to me about Brendan’s 12 month programme was how successful he is with his own business. I have my own fitness business and Brendan has given me invaluable advice and most importantly direction. That was honestly the greatest thing I was lacking where my business was concerned. It suffered when I was full-time at University and with Brendan’s help it is back on track and I have put myself in a position where I am opening my own facility in March 2013.
Opening the facility is a knock on effect from spending time with Brendan and the great contacts he has at his disposal. I see my time with Brendan as follows:
– Improved website (frontierpc.co.uk)
– More interactive on social media sites
– Starting giving my own thoughts on the fitness industry by blogging more
– Joined a networking group
– Got a monthly fitness spot on local radio
All these points above means that I am attracting a much wider audience and therefore I am:
– earning more and
– Learning more about the industry
Earning more means that I am in a position:
– To get my own facility that backs up my own training philosophy and therefore offers my clients an improved service.
For anyone looking to get further up this daunting ladder in strength and conditioning, this mentorship programme to me is a no brainer. Throughout my mentorship, I have had access to 10 different coaches, and that is due to all the talks and workshops Brendan puts on throughout the year.
You can’t question Brendan’s passion and desire to improve the standard of strength and conditioning in the UK. His knowledge and experience isn’t a closed book and he is willing to share. I can’t recommend Brendan and his mentorship programme enough.
Frontier Physical Conditioning
Check out the link below if you’re interested in really pushing your career forward this year whether it be developing your business, your coaching skills, employability, UKSCA Accreditation guidance or a combination of all this!