One of the things we’ve always emphasized is that, with consistent and mindful effort, everyone can improve their strength and condition. From beginners to long time trainees, the secret to success is doing the right things over and over again with a mindful approach.
Time and time again, we see that those trainees who practice in a dedicated and mindful manner are able to achieve incredible results.
And I’ve been lucky to see firsthand the progress of six individuals in particular, who have gone through our GMB Trainer Apprenticeship over the past few months, and have demonstrated how far mindful and consistent practice can take you.
We are very proud of how well they’ve done and are happy to announce the certification of these 5 wonderful and highly skilled Trainers!
Below, I’ll tell you a little about each of them, and show how their stories demonstrate that finding your true motivations and training mindfully keep you moving steadily toward your goals.
No matter what your background or current training level is, you will improve.
Moving Past “Training Because You Have To”
When people get started with physical training, it’s often for a fairly arbitrary reason. Whether it’s because your parents signed you up for some kind of sport at 4 years old, or later on in life with a vague notion of “getting in shape” for health or body image concerns.
Whatever the case, it’s rarely because we see it as the life-changing process that it can and should be.
That’s what we really want to share with you, that exercise is not something we have to do, but something that is a natural part of our lives. We have the potential to go beyond the temporary goals of losing fat/gaining muscle, or even “doing cool moves.”
I want us all to feel comfortable in our bodies and have the freedom to try new things without fears of inadequacy or failure. That’s the real benefit of training, and that’s why I want to share our trainers’ stories up to this point with you.
As you’ll see, they all come from different backgrounds, and several of them are not even trainers by profession. What brought them to this point was a shared desire to tap into their bodies’ potential without fear, and to gain a new level of body awareness and control.
Wherever you are in your training, you can learn a lot from their dedication to this common goal.
The Journey to Becoming a GMB Trainer
When we first formed GMB, we began with the aim to share what we’ve learned from our respective gymnastic, martial arts, and teaching backgrounds. And as we continued to learn and grow while creating programs and teaching clients online and in person, we streamlined and refined our concepts of the GMB method.
Soon, we realized that it was possible to convey this to others interested in teaching and working with clients.
After a lot of trial and error – and feedback from our early Trainers – we settled into a process that combines personal practice, guided training in physical technique, and teaching methodology that allows for an individual’s personal expression while still being grounded in the GMB philosophies.
Unlike most fitness companies, we don’t do giant weekend certification seminars.
We feel it’s better to get to know people and help them gradually and progressively through the process. Each person then gets a chance to see the highs and lows of their training over time and learn how to adapt and grow from each experience.
And now we’re proud to add six new members to our training team.
Introducing 5 Newly Certified GMB Trainers – They Each Bring Something Special to the Team
Caleb is based in Palo Alto, California and has been a personal trainer for 5 years, with personal interests in jiujitsu/judo and surfing as much as he can.
I think it’s given me a simple way to incorporate movement into how I warm up, how I look at fitness. For me, GMB allows me to make movement a daily practice… It makes things more enjoyable and less strict.
Verity is in Cambridge, England and works as a designer for knitwear. She also trains people primarily in hand balancing and flexibility work.
The progress that I’ve made makes me feel really good about the fact that I know I’m working hard and developing skills. I really like the body awareness it’s given me, so being able to know where my body is in space, whether it’s upside down, in a bridge… I really like that I’m gaining that control.
Christopher works as a personal trainer in West Hollywood, CA. His favorite clients are ones that haven’t really found the joy in their exercise, and he loves getting them to move for the sake of it “not just because they have to log their gym time.”
The idea of getting away from sets and reps is the biggest thing. Focusing more on pretty movement, rather than ‘Wow, I just did 50 push-ups!’
Kirsty lives in Toronto, Canada and grew up in competitive gymnastics and has been very active in various sports and physical training for her whole life. Her current occupation has nothing to do with physical fitness but she coaches people in her spare time since she enjoys it so much.
Controlling your body and being able to do things that you didn’t really think you could, and then feeling it and understanding it, it just feels cool… GMB has opened [movement] up a lot. You can do things any way you want.
Stephen is from Massachusetts and has been a practicing chiropractor for over 30 years, caring for patients in a small family office, from which he plans to teach more movement classes. His favorite training activities include animal movements, the parallettes, and sprinting.
GMB has given me a good foundation just to get my body connected. I find I’m much more attuned to how my body moves. I feel more confident, more balanced, and more attentive to how I do what I do, so I feel safer and I get more value from it.
In Their Own Words…
Why We Chose These Five Candidates
We’ve received quite a lot of applications to the GMB Trainer certification program, and it’s great to see that so many people are interested in our style of training and want to share it with others professionally.
But we don’t accept everyone. This is for two simple reasons:
- I oversee each candidate’s progress through the program, and time constraints just don’t allow me to take on more than a few people at a time.
- We’re picky about making sure each candidate is a good fit, both in terms of philosophy/personality, and in terms of work ethic and passion for their work and values.
We recently shared an update on the skills our trainers have been working on, and when you see this video, you’ll understand why we chose these candidates. Their consistency and dedication to mindful practice shines clearly in these training clips.
What I’d like you to recognize about them is how diverse they are. No two people are from similar backgrounds, and each has their own strengths and difficulties.
Our goal isn’t to make clones of everyone so that they all look alike and move the same way. That doesn’t make sense to me at all. I want to see people grow and thrive with their own personal expression of movement and skill. If everyone looked and moved alike, the world would be a very boring place.
No matter where you’re starting at, you have the ability to improve your current level of strength and skill. It takes patience, consistency, and a true understanding of what you really want.
We, and our Trainers, are here to help you as best we can, and we know you can do it.