Give that kid a chance.
Everyday I move further away from the shy, quiet, bashful kid that I was for my whole life. 23 years of blushing, avoiding eye contact, and sweaty palms. Took me some fucking time but I’m here now motherfuckers! There is no time for modesty. You’re getting all of me from here on out.
While my vision and direction is always forward, I think I do myself and others a disservice by not acknowledging and reflecting on the past from time to time. These reflections always bring me more gratitude, which has been a key ingredient to my success in these past couple of months. Gratitude is key to the most honest and successful people. I do not measure success by the amount of money one earns. I applaud those who make large sums of honest money, but I like to measure wealth by the impact you make to the world and it’s people. Also, the truest measure of wealth, if we are being honest, (we are always honest!) is health. With health you are able to make more money, help more people, leave more positive impacts on Earth.
I’ve digressed from the main idea of this 5:30am reflection.
There was this girl that gave this kid a chance, probably around sophomore year. They had PE class together and the alphabetical seating arrangement had them sitting next to each other, as well as some mutual friends around.
Now I don’t remember many details, this was one of the occasions in school where I just wanted to move on and forget that it ever happened. We must have been friends for a few weeks before I asked her out. We lasted maybe 5 days. I think she dumped me through text. She probably never liked me, maybe she felt bad and didn’t want to reject me. I don’t remember being too down or sad about it. If it wasn’t the most awkward relationship I have been in, it’s second to that. I shouldn’t have asked her out, she shouldn’t have said yes.
From roughly 2014 we jump to 2021. (Shit! Life is long but passes by quick. That’s why I can no longer afford to not be 100% me.)
I hadn’t seen the girl since we graduated highschool but we did have each other on Instagram. In the summer of 2021 I had just joined ATG for Coaches, and I started to sporadically post some of the concepts and exercises on my stories. The girl commented on one of the stories, “I’m gonna try that guy out I have so much pain on my right knee.”
Knee pain?! That’s like waving a piece of bacon to a dog for an ATG Coach.
We had set up a little meeting at a park to go through some boring knee rehab stuff. I just wanted to get experience in training others. I was getting fast results with myself but I didn’t have anyone else to coach through.
We went through the ATG Zero Program which is all bodyweight movements that is MAGIC for fragile or older people, but it’s not very stimulating for healthier people.
We had that one session and to this day about 10 months later I have not seen her since. I don’t know if she ever kept working through Zero, I never followed up with her. Again, I was content with getting some practice as a coach.
Today I’m still learning everyday with every client as a coach, but I do have to say that I’m doing a great job so far. I have a way of communicating these movements to others that help them grasp the intention behind each exercise. Combine that with the fact that I am 100% me, even as a coach, and clients are having a fun time making progress in the supportive and energetic environment I create.
This session at the park with the girl wasn’t anything like how I’ll be training her soon. This is going to be a different experience that I already know she will love, because I am good at this, this is one thing I am meant to do.
She took another chance in me when I was one month in as an ATG Coach. I feel as if I MUST, but I genuinely want to, do her the favor and train her now, as a coach with almost a year of experience. I am grateful for her nonchalant faith in me. I want to pay that back.
I am indebted to the point where time will cease to move forward, to everyone who has listened to what I had to say, did what I suggested for them to do, took up the advice I gave them, gave me a chance when they had no significant reason to do so.
ATG is still so new. ATG in Miami is non existent as far as I see. I was the only one in LA Fitness in Kendall doing Nordics, split squats, tib raises. I’m one of 2 coaches in this city. By the time Miami catches up to me and ATG, prices will be high.
Thank you to those who have taken chances with me, to those who are currently taking a chance in me, to those who will take a chance with me. The success rate of The ATG Program will literally not allow me to fail you. Combine a perfect program with a character who tries his best every single day with everybody, you are set.
Take a chance on people, you never know what time might bring out of them.