I’ve noticed that a lot of people, some fairly prominent, often talk about their work with clients but then when you get around to discussing their own training, it has inevitably fallen behind because of long hours working with athletes/clients, being tied up with consulting or information product projects, and things along those lines. There’s also a tendency for them to speak of needing to “get back on track” and start working on areas that they let get away from them. As far as prominent coaches go, you and Eric Cressey spring to mind as two of the few who can design and implement phenomenal programs and then coach the heck out of anyone while still finding the time to take your own training to the highest levels. (granted plenty of coaches might be getting results for themselves and not speaking up about it, so I don’t want to unintentionally skewer anyone)
Basically I want to ask your thoughts on whether getting in training others is necessarily a natural fit for someone who has a personal passion for training. While maintaining your own training and habits can be done with a lot of effort, it seems like many people get so hung up on working with others that their own training and health start to slide to varying degrees/gets lost in the shuffle. And it even seems to sap some of the passion from their own training when they get loaded with fine tuning the programs of their clients.
Do you think that a lot of people underestimate the commitment level and time involved with training others when making the choice to break into the fitness industry? Have you personally come across any people who had a passion for their own training and then gave coaching a try only to find out that the passion just didn’t translate like they thought it would?