The following post is a homework assignment that Nate had to complete to earn his credits for the summer. When he shared the assignment with me, as encouraged by his internship supervisor, I knew I had to post it. In only 3 weeks, Nate has figured out what we are trying to do here and realized how unique it is.
Today starts my third week as an intern at Gain Strength and Conditioning, and the experience so far has been unique to say the least. Every gym I have been at to this point has usually been incredibly intense and focused more on moving more weight and getting better within the gym as opposed to Gain where everything is geared to getting better outside it. At Gain there is a huge emphasis on movement quality, making sure form is perfect, and making sure that whatever is being done by our clients is done so within their ability. Not everything here has to be perfect according to the typical standards, rather, perfect to the clients standards that we as coaches have helped set for them. For example, some clients can only do a half range of motion squat, but that’s totally okay because those half squats are absolutely perfect and are setting the client up to later do a full range of motion squat. So, when they only get half way down but it looks absolutely amazing, which it always does with Gain clients, we are ecstatic because they are performing perfectly within their own limits.
At Gain we never push the clients to do things we know they can’t do. Our clients are looking to move better and increase their quality outside of the gym which means the progression of our clients is with movement difficulty rather than just simply weight. Stressing a movement is the best way to make someone a master of a movement, and there are plenty of movement masters at Gain. By first training a lunge and perfecting the form will allow our client to now stress that lunge movement by adding things such as a slider to perform the lunge on, or a band to add an element of instability. This movement stressing progression system is a revolutionizing idea within the strength and conditioning field, and Gain is definitely doing it right with multiple variations of every lift each with a unique way to make the movement more difficult and create movement masters.
Above all else what makes Gain one of the best gyms in the area is the culture. And I don’t mean what I discussed above about the type of exercises and progressions used; I mean the culture that the owner and head coach Justin Miner has put in place to make this gym as successful as it is. Every client at Gain gets not only a program and someone to assist them through their workouts, but they get educated on what they are doing and why they are doing it. Almost every client at Gain can cue and coach a squat, deadlift, floor press, lunge, you name it. And most importantly the laid back feel of the gym is what makes this place unique. This is not your typical get in, get to work, and get out gym. Everyone is friendly to one another, on any given day there could be about 5 different conversations going on between clients and coaches, and it is awesome. Everyone gets their workouts done and gets better for sure, but they know when they come in they will always see a friendly face and have a good time, rather than just grueling through a workout. This is not your average gym, this is Gain.