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Feeling Insecure Around More Educated Peers.

Kendall Banks, [21/12/2022 01:33]

Did you ever feel insecure around people who were more educated than you? Even though you were more experienced? I feel this way a lot. I'm 32, but only been working as a trainer for two years. I only have an associates degree in exercise science. I feel a little odd around people who have bachelors and masters, and are like six years younger than I am lol

Ben Patrick, [21/12/2022 01:40]

@KendallAB a big part of what shaped ATG… I opened ATG from my garage. I grew my gym without anything but results on my mind. In the early days I hired someone with a Master’s degree… and fired him on Day 1.

So I can feel your pain.🫡 Day 1 with a football team he…

1. Said he couldn’t show them the lifts because he has a bad back

2. Didn’t let anyone use heel elevation on squats, and 3 kids got hurt their backs in the workout

3. When confronted on this, he contested everything I said

FIRED 💥

I never had to conform. I never had to think I was inferior. So I feel your pain on that, trust me! He came sulking back… but no second chances for that in my book. He showed his true colors. Guess his replacement?

https://instagram.com/bulletproofbackman?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Bingo! No high school degree. No trainer experience. Me + Poliquin + his own drive = world-class coach.

He was working at a stapling factory. Like literally stapling things all day. His full-time job was stapling. Nothing wrong with that. But I’m sure he’s a lot happier now. 🙏 He’s a great guy and we are still close friends. And I learned a ton from him and his own experiences with Poliquin. And I still consult with him to this day.

All that being said, I hold a stigma against people with master’s degrees. Many here have master’s degrees and are world-class coaches. I don’t pin people by labels. ANYONE can be an amazing human being. Regardless of circumstance. And that decision can happen at any time. Regardless of the past. Some are world-class athletes and have mastered ATG movements but lack confidence in others. So I do think, for best results… Stay in the trenches, with your own body and with your clients.


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