StrongLife Gym Has Turned 3 Years Old
So on Tuesday the 9th of May, StrongLife Gym became 3 years old.
It’s crazy how quick the time has gone by.
The gym has grown so much and I’ve developed as a better coach and business owner also.
Not only that, but I absolutely love what I do and the people I’ve met through here.
So I suppose like every birthday, you take stock of everything so far.
Back in 2013, I finally made the decision to open my own gym.
Well from training in several commercial gyms, I kept noticing the same thing over and over:
You go in, they were all enthusiastic to get you started, you sign up and pay them.
After a week or two, you’re left on your own.
No one comes near you.
You keep doing the same thing over and over.
Your program never changes, you use the treadmill loads because it’s “what you know”.
After a few months your progress stalls and there’s no help at hand.
2 things happen – You either Quit or you just keep doing the same thing over and over.
All of the above is what drove me mad in gyms.
Yes, as business owners, we do need to make money to keep the doors open.
But we can provide a high level of service to warrant the money being paid.
Exactly what I do here in StrongLife Gym.
(Now let me be honest, when you run a business solo it’s impossible to be constantly switched on. Periods of the year I have just enough energy to open the door and get through the day. Most of the year, I’m bouncing off the walls getting sh*t done).
But less of my ramblings.
After a quick chat with a client, he said:
“People don’t want commercial gyms anymore, they want a gym that’s more personal”
People look for a more intimate experience, coaches who know their name.
They want structured programmes so they know what they’re doing.
They want to feel like they belong and are welcome.
No one wants to feel intimidated or isolated.
And most of all, they want to see a return for their training.
Looking over the last 3 years, I’ve slowly built a better version of StrongLife.
From opening the doors in 2014 having taken on a load of debt and honestly not knowing if it’d work.
To having to expand after 8 months due to it taking off rapidly.
And it’s now sitting in a nice position that gives me great satisfaction in running a business while also providing that service for everyone.
The endless amount of stressful nights, jam packed days studying and coaching and the long hours worked have paid off.
Some days I honestly can’t believe I run the place because it never feels like a job.
I’ve had some fun in it so far and that’s not going to stop.
Although we have the craic in here, training gets done, results get delivered and the name keeps on growing.
Looking back, it’s without doubt the best thing I’ve done in my life to date.
And it’s surely not going to stop there.
There’s always more I want to develop around this place, more I want to offer clients.
And sure as my mother does say – “All in good time” (because someone needs to keep me grounded).
It’s been such a quick 3 years and it has been so enjoyable.
So to everyone who has came through the doors of StrongLife, I salute you.
For without you, it would never be what it is today.
The next few years should bring bigger and better things for us all.