I love coaching!
I’ve fought tooth and nail against this truth. Over the last 20 years, I’ve tried other jobs, gone back to school several times, taught in classrooms, lectured on stages… And only in the last two years have I realized the joy I get from the coaching interaction.
I stumbled into this profession after a dream at 18. A literal dream. I woke up to a life decision that was as easy as mindlessly picking up a $20 bill on the sidewalk.
That choice led me to mentee under incredible people, live in incredible jungle huts, work with the loveliest of clients, face my own bullshit, learn to accept my weakness, and decide what is worth my time trying to fix — and finally, after 20-plus years in the profession, come to terms that this is what I do. And to be honest with you, I’m exceptional at it.
I’ve coached nutrition and lifestyle in clinical and recreational fitness settings. I’ve done bodywork and strength training for injuries for twenty years. I’ve facilitated corporate teams on team building through communication, trained as a conflict mediator, and obsessively studied linguistics and cross-cultural therapeutic communication. I’ve let countless certifications lapse and still spend thousands of dollars on continuing education every year.
My most recent project has been the co-founding of Trauma Informed Weight Lifting. This is part of a non-profit focused on conducting research, educating the public, and training personal trainers and other movement practitioners on how to use weight lifting as an adjunctive therapy for PTSD, C-PTSD, and C-Developmental Trauma.
In summary: My name is Mark. I will listen without judgement, and be honest but tactful.
You don’t have to walk this path alone.