Who do you hang out with at the gym?
As someone who frequents the gym, I’ve come to learn that when you’re training, you want to have a few gym buddies – They encourage you to get into the gym, and make the tough sessions more enjoyable because you know that they’re there to support you when the going gets tough
Now within your group of friends there is always going to be a little bit of a hierarchy
There is going to be a bigger fish (someone better than you), and there is always going to be a smaller fish (someone who isn’t quite at your level), people have strengths and weaknesses and depending on the session you could be one or the other
Determining your Fishy Status
You as the little fish:
The bigger fish is someone who is better than you and is there to give you something to aspire to (this could be someone who is stronger than you are – or in my case someone better at any form of cardio), they are there to learn from and to help you become a better athlete
Eventually, you will get to a point where your big fish status changes, this is ok, it means that you’ve progressed, and this is the entire goal of training!
For me when I first started training at Adapt, I trained with a few guys who had been at it for a while longer than I had, they were my big fish, and I tried to glean as much as I could by training with them as often as possible
In each session they helped to show me the ropes, give me pointers when I needed them and when it came our strength sessions or WOD’s they gave me something to chase, either a load to lift or a time to beat (occasionally I’d be the one beating them, this didn’t happen very often)
You as the big fish:
The person who isn’t on the same level as you may need a little bit of help when it comes to their training. They may have only just finished their fundamentals and can’t remember everything, so it is up to you to help them out, show them the ropes and if they look confused, find out what’s got them puzzled
You can make their life easier by giving them any tips and tricks that you’ve come to learn along the way (if you don’t know you can always refer them to the coach), it could be something simple, but it could make a huge difference to their journey at Adapt
When I got to a point where I felt like I could help others, I took people under my fin (I’m trying to be punny) and passed on the knowledge I had gained
If I ever saw someone who looked too shy to say hello, I’d invite them to train with me for the session and encourage them if they were battling
What size fish are you?
If you feel like you’re a little fish, who do you look up to?
If you’re the big fish, who are you helping?
Personally, I try and be both, there is always something you can learn, and there is always something you can pass on
P.S. If you’re a big fish in a little pond and you’re happy being the biggest fish, it might be time expand your horizons and see what it’s like in the ocean, with the really big fish (like a Barracuda) ~ J