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
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.
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?
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 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.
"An absolute gentleman. His consistency to all his classes is fantastic, has also started back doing lower body S&C after being a bit wary of it and is loving it. Form in the squatting has come on massively. Using both North and South gyms, brings humble energy to every class and is also very keen on wondering how to better improve his ability when not in the gym."
"Very humble pleasant guy who applies himself and works hard!"
"Such a hard worker. Has come a long way since his PT days....easily one of the fittest guys in the room."
"Absolute gent and hard grafter."
"Always consistent with his training, was receptive to feedback and form correction and would stick the head down and give it his all in a met con. He was silently solid and a hard worker."
"A worthy winner with all his hard work!"
Ah nice one!
Cheers guys, I have to say the coaching is top notch and any improvements in my training and form are because of the support from all of you.
So, a massive thank you!
Coach Stephen with October Trainer of the Month Tom Corbett at our Ivy Exchange Location
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.
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