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Since I was 12 years old, sports and movement have been a constant component of my life.
Up until the point where I was 18 years old and discovered strength training, only kickboxing was the right sport for me. Soccer, basketball or athletics weren't (and aren't) my passions. That's why I also never really was motivated in sports lessons at school, and thus never got sucked into the whole FIFA & NBA thing. Outside of school I also didn't have interest in any kind of ball sports.
I much rather enjoyed spending my time drawing, reading and making music. Art was and still is my biggest passion. Sport was just a necessary evil. A tool. And its purpose was self-defense.
You need to know that in school, especially at that age, you make up a great target for mobbing when you're not interested in the whole sports club stuff and enjoy reading and drawing more than playing soccer. Long story short: I was the outsider. Winning and losing weren't important for me, which is also not very typical for an athletic coach.
I was always heavily interested in finding out why people are how they are.
What makes a person smoke (or exactly not, for that matter)? What pushes a human being to practice or not practice any sport?
The list of questions grew very large, and eventually ended with my ultimate question: why do stronger humans attack weaker ones?
And with this last question I discovered my new goal: getting stronger, in order to find the answer myself.
Since I initially believed that I.T. was going to be my future, I started an apprenticeship in informatics full of hope and curiosity...
Two years later I gave up. I gave up on the illusion that somebody would be able to synthesize an exact career plan for me.
A strict schedule and a prefabricated way of thinking were toxic for me at the time.
I was used to being creative, and couldn't believe that my future was going to consist in not being so. With all due respect - at least that's how I felt.
I started working out when I turned 18 and never stopped ever since. The training, the mental aspects of it and the science behind it fascinate me. Bodybuilding suddently meant something completely new to me. I was finally able to combine art and sports, and simultaneously get stronger and more self-confident.
The more energy and time I invested into sports, the more I understood how much more strength training gave me. I grew stronger, both on the inside and outside, and could finally answer the question I had been asking myself for years. „Why do the stronger attack the weaker?“ was actually the wrong question.
The correct question is actually: „What does it even mean to be strong?“ Constantly I was comparing myself to the „bigger kids“ at school, using them as a unit of comparison for strength. What I didn't see at the time though was that all of that was just a facade - a facade hiding an insecure being, full of bad behaviours learnt from other insecure beings. I had finally discovered my true purpose: I want to help people.
For that reason I became a coach, because in doing so I was gonna be able to help other people, and give them so much more than „just muscles“. The effects of working out on body and soul are evident: increased self-confidence, vitality, balance and better overall health. And better health means better vitality, doesn't it?
To help as many people as possible there needs to be a lot of knowledge and experience, which I was able to acquire over the past years through sports, work and plenty of additional education programs. The more I learn, the more I understand how much there still is to learn. That's why I'm still so uneasy with giving myself a title such as „Expert“ or „Master Coach“.
Many coaches give false promises and so-called „fail safe 100% guarantees“. They do this to gain more customers and ultimately become more successful themselves instead of focussing on the happiness and health of the client. That fact was my motivation to become a coach: to swim in the opposite direction. I connect personal development on a mental level with physical training for the body and a healthy nutrition to create stronger humans. Because the strong protect the weak. We don't need further fitness transformations, but stronger human beings.