Further to my post on walking the walk, I’ve just finished a PT session with one of my clients. The last part of the session was a series of 250m sprints on the Concept 2 rower. My client was giving it a very good go and I didn’t really see the need to push her any harder than I was doing. I did, however, fancy joining in (as it my wont, occasionally) so I decided to go “back to back” with her. I’m not a bad rower due to my height (6ft 1) and I’m generally pretty good in the anaerobic zone (see my post on anaerobic training) so I managed to get some decent times.

The unexpected benefit of this bit of fun was that my client learned so much more by watching my technique and my intensity level (me rolling about on the floor after each interval) that, on her last  interval, she took 13 seconds off her first interval time. That’s a ridiculous amount of time to take off a 250m row.  Although it could be argued that I should have been trying to elicit that response anyway, on this occasion it was a fortuitous result of a wee bit of frivolous trainer-client bonding.

Anyway, to get to the point of this post; if I hadn’t been able to walk the walk and “throw down” (as my Crossfit friends say) with my client, we wouldn’t have seen such dramatic results. As I’ve said before, you don’t have to be a world-beater, or even really good, you just have to be able to demonstrate a level of competence to which the people you’re training or managing can aspire. Would you like a sales manager who couldn’t sell? Would you like an HR manager with no people skills? (I think, from personal experience and anecdote, there are a few of the latter knocking about, though).

In summary – Walk The Walk!  Actions Sometimes (not always) Speak Louder Than Words!  Be a Role Model! Lead by Example!

Danny Sroda is owner and Lead Trainer at Reach Corporate Fitness for Business.

Danny Sroda
Danny Sroda is Lead Trainer and owner at Reach Fitness For Business. He is an experienced Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with over 10 years experience working in business as an HE lecturer in management and as a freelance consultant specialising in motivation and personal development

Danny has a First Class degree in business and is a member of Mensa. He combines his academic background with his passion for fitness to create motivating and powerful corporate training programmes.

When he’s not training clients, he is usually to be found doing Crossfit, weight training or doing the occasional triathlon. He’s also passionate about parkrun. And when he’s not training he’s probably lying on the sofa watching re-runs of Blackadder, Only Fools & Horses or The League of Gentlemen.

“I created Reach Corporate Fitness because I believe that there is a direct link between business success and health and fitness success factors (motivation, discipline, goal setting, striving to be better, learning, teamwork, overcoming obstacles etc.). I truly believe that our expert knowledge of motivation, personal development and organisational behaviour, combined with our experience in the fitness industry makes us world leaders in providing Corporate Fitness programmes”.

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Danny Sroda is Lead Trainer and owner at Reach Fitness For Business. He is an experienced Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with over 10 years experience working in business as an HE lecturer in management and as a freelance consultant specialising in motivation and personal development Danny has a First Class degree in business and is a member of Mensa. He combines his academic background with his passion for fitness to create motivating and powerful corporate training programmes. When he’s not training clients, he is usually to be found doing Crossfit, weight training or doing the occasional triathlon. He’s also passionate about parkrun. And when he’s not training he’s probably lying on the sofa watching re-runs of Blackadder, Only Fools & Horses or The League of Gentlemen. “I created Reach Corporate Fitness because I believe that there is a direct link between business success and health and fitness success factors (motivation, discipline, goal setting, striving to be better, learning, teamwork, overcoming obstacles etc.). I truly believe that our expert knowledge of motivation, personal development and organisational behaviour, combined with our experience in the fitness industry makes us world leaders in providing Corporate Fitness programmes”.