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Brian Brennan Jan 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM 6 min read

DECEMBER '19 TRAINER OF THE MONTH

The Trainer of the Month or #TOM award has become something of a legend since its inception in 2013. It is coveted by many but only a select few have attained the prestigious status.

Those who garner the unified vote of the coaching team wear this badge of honour with pride - but what exactly does it take for one to become trainer of the month? We are glad you asked.

It usually commences with Mike messaging the team:

“ToM votes in within the next 24 hours team”

However, there is one issue, the team already know this is no 24 hour affair! They battle it out to convince the team why their vote deserves the honour to be bestowed upon them

Criteria

The criteria for attaining the Trainer of the Month award are simple but not easily attained or maintained for that matter.

Attendance and Consistency

Coaches first look at the members consistency in their training; how often do they train and at what intensity do they train. However, it is not all about intensity and frequency either, the coaches know all too well the repercussions of overtraining and under recovery - the balance must be right to avoid the athletes running themselves down or risking injury.

Attitude

Second, attitude is taken into account. How does the nominated behave when receiving feedback? Do they actively seek to become the strongest version of themselves?

Progress

How often does the nominated step outside their comfort zone?

How much progress have they made not only physically but mentally? The gym is so much more than losing weight and building muscle – the members and coaches at FFS, understand how the gym is merely a tool to be utilized in developing ones character, in celebrating both the capabilities of body and mind.

Community

Community is massive at FFS, we have observed relationships blossom and families grow as those coming of age develop an interest in health and fitness through observing their parents health and fitness regime.

We look at how they contribute to the team spirit at FFS Gyms, how they help their fellow members, and in the interest of full disclosure, a few healthy snacks never go astray when they are dropped in to the coaches for sample tasting.

And with that being said, without further adieu, let’s hear what some of the things coaches had to say about this months trainer of the month and also what it meant to that member.

Coaches Feedback

"He is consistently such a hard worker and always gives each class 100%. He is such a gent and a pleasure to have in classes. Plus, he always motivates those around him. Well done Stu!"

"Stu, a phenomenally dedicated athlete, always has a warm welcome for coaches and members. Always seeking feedback and striving to improve in every way possible as well."

"This is not just this month. Stu has had an incredible year in the gym. He is a pleasure to work with. Here early doing his prep for the session. Always looking to take on board coaching. Giving his best effort & also encouraging everyone else."

"Shows up and does the work. Epitomizes "The Home of Hard Work"

"Stu's been training non stop since the time I've been coaching in the gym. Not only has he been showing up, he's been consciously and consistency improving. Through his work in strength, metcons and Online PN coaching Stu's managed to get himself into phenomenal shape. Also stated that is not just the physical reasons he shows up but the mental reasons too as it sets him up for a day's work. - well done Stu absolute pleasure coaching you."

Members Response

Wow! This is a pretty big deal to me.

Thank you to all of you for the unbelievable privilege. FFS has become such an integral part of my life over the last 3 or 4 years.

I honestly can’t thank all you guys enough for creating something so unique.

You’re all just relentless in your drive, passion and positivity.

To hear some of this feedback from you all and knowing the caliber of fitness professionals you all are, it’s really humbling and quite unbelievable really.

Thank you very much.

Find out More

Want to join FFS Gyms and become one of our esteemed ToMs? We have memberships available in our locations North and South of the Liffey.

FFS Gym, Ivy Exchange, Parnell Street

FFS Gyms, 34 & 47 Leeson Street

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Brian Brennan

When he is not coaching clients or fulfilling his duties as Head of Digital Marketing at FFS Gyms, Brian can be found leading our latest group of interns through our one of a kind FFS Internship programme or ensuring our newest members have all the need to start their journey to becoming the strongest version of themselves. Follow Brian on Instagram at @brianbren To find out more about 1:1 PT with Brian, email him at brian@ffs.ie

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