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EP075: How A Manic Depressive, Anxious Fat Guy Transformed His Body, 10x His Business and Saved His Marriage

I met Paul Mort in a business mastermind almost a decade ago. At the time, he was a personal trainer running boot camps in England and had built it up to 17 locations. He was brilliant — but at the same time — crazy, and a roller coaster. Throughout the years we became close friends as I watched him build and sell companies, all while struggling personally with bi-polar disorder – which wrecked havoc on his health and family. This all came to a climax when in 2014 he was on the edge of a cliff ready to jump and take his own life.

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EP074: 25 Lessons and Strategies To Be More Focused, Productive and Achieve What You Actually Want This Year

I’ve always been a hard worker. What The Rock calls, “the hardest worker in the room.” In a lot of ways, I had to be. I was dealt a “bad hand” and made some bad choices because of it growing up. I was short but chose to play basketball anyways. I grew up in Communism. Wasn’t great in school because I had what many would consider ADHD today. My Dad was away from age 11 doing his best to provide a better life for us. And I was also knuckle head, so I chose to run with the wrong crowds as an adolescent and lived a life of crime for a long time.

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EP073: Establishing Culture Within Team, Our Coaching Philosophy, Books That Changed Our Life and More in Q&A w/ Theo Bowie

It’s important to get insight from multiple angles when it comes to fitness business, coaching, and succeeding as a team in a small business. To talk more about that, I brought in Vigor Coach, Theo Bowie to help answer your questions on coaching, programming, mindset, business, the things that influence our lives, and everything in between.

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EP072: Coaching Lessons From Basketball To Build A Championship Team, Business, and Life

I’ve been playing basketball since I was a kid, but started playing the sport seriously at age 11 after going to summer camps for years. I sucked at first, but got better the more hours I put in – which grew my love of the game.

The game, the people, and many of the coaches that I’ve worked with over the years have taught me so more than the skills of the game. They’ve taught me skills for life and building championship teams, along with how to apply that to business and life itself. All of which changed the course of my life for the better.

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EP71: Everyone Is A Leader and The 7C’s To Building An Unstoppable Team in Business and Life

Recently I was asked to come and present to a group of team leaders at Boeing – with the goal to help with motivation and culture. This came about because some of the leaders at the company have been following my career and what I do at Vigor Ground. I had a few weeks to prepare so I dug deep into the bottlenecks I have faced in my career and business. I also thought through how I could best inspire change and give guidance in actionable steps.

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EP070: Strategies to Overcoming Stress, Anxiety and Mental Blocks To Achieve Business and Personal Success w/ Steve Krebs

I started business consulting in 2011 after having many coaches ask me how I was building Vigor Ground and its success at that time. For a long time I didn’t feel “comfortable” doing business coaching, but eventually pulled the trigger because I could see how I could help people build better gyms. A year later as I built a relationship with Steve Krebs, who at the time was also running a successful gym in upstate New York, we decided to start The Pack Fitness Business, a business consulting company focused on helping fitness business owners grow their business. We had success with it and helped hundreds of fit pro’s, spoke on many stages, developed a mens personal development retreat called, Resurrection and created our own live event called, Changing The Game.

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E069: Fitness Business and Coaching Growth and Success Strategies Q & A w/ Luka Hocevar

When it comes to giving advice on anything, I am a proponent of a principle Ray Dahlio calls “believability”; which essentially boils down to listening to someone who has been there, done that, gone through/overcome the struggles, and is still doing it successfully. When it comes to fitness business and coaching Q & A’s I answer from a place of knowledge. I draw from all of the things that I’ve studied and experienced over my 13 years owning gyms (on two different continents) and helping hundreds of fitness professionals directly grow their gym’s and coaching businesses.

The answers I give in this podcast are drawn from my experience and based on Ray’s “believability” concept. Enjoy!

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • When it is the right time to stop coaching and grow your gym. I address the question: is there ever a right time to do that?
  • How to know if you should do what people tell you to do vs. what you want to do and how to avoid being confused by this
  • Why you shouldn’t work to sell your business
  • What it really takes to build systems for sales, marketing, fulfillment, team communication and customer experience
  • Investing in yourself, your team, the client experiences, equipment and innovation; I tell you which one should you do first and how much you should invest
  • The power of moments, giving back and connecting your tribe
  • The concept of “whitespace” in your gym and why it’s important to have an area where you can differentiate yourself
  • What the Vigor Dream Scholarship is and how we’re changing the way gyms do charity work
  • What to do when you run out of ideas for content creation and ways to build content that will do well while setting you apart from everyone else
  • One of the ways I learn and create at the same time and how that can help make you a better coach
  • The curse of knowledge and how it can affect your ability to connect with your clients and the marketplace
  • When should you invest in paid advertising

LINKS AND RESOURCES:
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance: http://www.vigorgroundfitness.com/
Vigor Life Podcast (iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vigor-life-podcast/id1180256583?mt=2
Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ29YcBh-g6onRujX3wD_XA?view_as=subscriber
Luka Hocevar Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lukahocevar/
Podcast: The Coaching Habit Episode: http://vigorgroundfitness.com/ep059-say-less-ask-more-and-change-the-way-you-coach-and-lead/
Book: The Power of Moments – Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact (Chip and Dan Heath): https://goo.gl/92iqFc

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E068: The Secret to Success in Business and Your Career and Q & A with Luka Hocevar

Everyday I get asked hundreds of questions – whether from clients at Vigor Ground, podcast listeners or the gym owners I coach/mentor. Today I thought I’d open up the floor as a sort of Q & A to share some of these questions and the experiences that have inspired my answers to them.

I start the episode with what I believe is the secret to success—and a foundation for achieving any big goal in your life. Topics cover insights on whether you should make the move of being a gym owner, how to supercharge your coaching, exposure to events, to getting answers about your next step. I also go over some financial resources.

If you’re a coach or gym owner this episode is a must listen.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • What makes people successful and one of the most important values that drives success
  • How I approach learning and how to get ahead faster when it comes to knowledge you don’t have
  • A test that will help you find out if you are tired or uninspired
  • A key indicator that will let you know if going into your chosen industry is the right move for you
  • How to know if you should open a gym as coach and some alternative options (that you may not be aware of) that will allow you to become successful, make money and make an impact in the fitness industry
  • The biggest mistakes coaches make with their clients and how to overcome them and become a great coach
  • Strategies to make you a more focused coach so that your clients get better results and you get ahead in your career
  • Two MUST financial resources to build a great foundation as an individual and a business owner—and the philosophy of the richest man in Babylon
  • How to build self-confidence and the bank account analogy that will change your perspective on building self-esteem
  • A strategy that will help you make those changes in your life that you’ve been struggling to make for years
  • How to leverage your relationships to sharpen your behaviors and mold them towards who you want to become
  • Why working for a big box gym is a great opportunity for a coach

LINKS AND RESOURCES:
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance: http://www.vigorgroundfitness.com
Vigor Life Podcast (iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vigor-life-podcast/id1180256583?mt=2
Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ29YcBh-g6onRujX3wD_XA?view_as=subscriber
Luka Hocevar Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lukahocevar/
Podcast: The Coaching Habit Episode: http://vigorgroundfitness.com/ep059-say-less-ask-more-and-change-the-way-you-coach-and-lead/
Book: I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Ramit Sethi): https://www.amazon.com/Will-Teach-You-Be-Rich-ebook/dp/B004WL4BW6
Book: Profit First – Transform Your Business From a Cash Eating Monster To a Money Making Machine (Mike Michalowicz): https://www.amazon.com/Profit-First-Transform-Cash-Eating-Money-Making/dp/073521414X/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1541113476&sr=8-1&keywords=profit+first+book
Podcast: Top 10 Lessons From Owning A Gym For A Decade w/ Mike Robertson: http://vigorgroundfitness.com/e065-top-10-lessons-from-a-decade-owning-a-gym-and-growing-in-the-fitness-industry-with-mike-robertson/
Leadership Traits article (with Luka Hocevar and Dr. John Rusin): https://drjohnrusin.com/how-to-be-a-leader-in-todays-fitness-industry/

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback that you’d like to share? Leave me a review on iTunes.

E067: 9 Ways To Be A Great Teammate and Build A Powerful Culture 

A need to feel connected and a valued part of a team / group is part of our DNA. It recently occurred to me that deep down we all know that we can’t do it alone. We know that NBA championships are not won by individuals. They are won by a collection of individuals who make that team great. It’s the same with work and life. We are better together when we are surrounded by great team members. In this spirit I want to share nine ways to be a great team member.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

=> Why I’m so drawn to teams and why I have a tough time doing things solo (it’s not what you’d think)

=> Why “well done” is better than “well said” when it comes to a team

=> A strategy that will positively benefit you and the teams you are part of

=> What “Contagiosm” is and how it can make or break your team

=> One of my favourite team quotes and why it’s a slogan for myself and Vigor Ground

=> The most important virtue you must posses within a team

=> What accountability really is and how you can make it work for you

=> Why Camron’s rhyme, “GD man, I’m hungry and I just ate…” plays into the success of both your team and you

LINKS AND RESOURCES:
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance: http://www.vigorgroundfitness.com/
Vigor Life Podcast (iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vigor-life-podcast/id1180256583?mt=2
Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ29YcBh-g6onRujX3wD_XA?view_as=subscriber
Luka Hocevar Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lukahocevar/
5 Leadership Traits article (w/ Luka Hocevar & Dr. John Rusin): https://drjohnrusin.com/how-to-be-a-leader-in-todays-fitness-industry/

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback that you’d like to share? Leave me a review on iTunes.

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