I am a student of strength.
I am a teacher of strength.
I am a quiet professional.
StrongFirst Code

The first time that I heard the StrongFirst code, I am really wasn’t sure what it meant.  Although it was mentioned numerous times throughout my certification weekend (the first chance I really interacted with the organization and its teachers), I continue to be amazed at how important and relative it is to me nearly every day.

The spark that made me want to sit down and write a post about it came in the form of an email I received today.  It was from another StrongFirst teacher in response to an email which I had sent regarding a yoga colleague who lives out of my state and whom I had referred to him. I have never met him but had read his bio on the StrongFirst instructor page and was impressed with his training and skills.  She checked in with me to let me know how things were going (quite well) and so I let him know that she was pleased.  His response was quite humble, citing that she is a great person with a great attitude.

In contrast, I have personally visited many gyms, attended many classes and belonged to other groups where I have felt quite unwelcome and disconnected.  I’ve been ignored or worse, felt as if I were a bother when asking questions.

Not so with StrongFirst!

To this day,  when I send my team leader in Prague a question, he is always quick to respond to me.  He has always been kind, especially throughout the certification.  Additionally, I am fortunate to know another local StrongFirst teacher and he, too, resonates the code in all he does.

I could continue to mention others with whom I have dealt – from Master trainers who have offered me the chance to beta test an upcoming program to receiving direct email responses from the CEO.  All – every single person – has treated me with dignity and respect.

I struggle to really capture how deeply grateful I am to this professional organization.  It is a breath of fresh air to share such a passion with others who feel the same way, strive for the same goals and truly want to be the kind of professional that is rare to find these days.  All of the things that I value in my training and my instruction are captured within the three simple sentences of the code.

If you’re searching for a trainer, you are looking for someone who belongs to StrongFirst.  Every person who receives a StrongFirst certification has put in a LOT of time and energy to earn one of the hardest and well-respected certifications available.  Not only do they demonstrate the necessary skills, they are required to keep their skills and must retest every two years.  No continuing education credit here – just demonstrable, continuing work with their chosen tool.

Of course, as I have mentioned, all certified teachers must also adhered to being a quiet professional.  According to businessdictionary.com. profession means: Occupation, practice, or vocation requiring mastery of a complex set of knowledge and skills through formal education and/or practical experience.

As well, “quiet” really expresses the entire training philosophy when looked at through the lens of multiple meanings from dictionary.com:

  • restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little:
  • free from disturbance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful
  • refraining or free from activity, especially busy or vigorous activity
  • making no disturbance or trouble; not turbulent; peaceable
  • free from disturbing thoughts, emotions, etc.; mentally peaceful
  • said, expressed, done, etc., in a restrained or unobtrusive way
  • not showy or obtrusive; subdued

 All of the above definitions for “quiet professional” truly represent the StrongFirst organization and all of those that I have encountered.  I am especially grateful for finding a place and a training program where I can be peaceful and tranquil (which complements yoga wonderfully) while being free from especially busy and vigorous activity.  Being able to train hard but never going to failure and always getting to rest while maintaining my strength and cardiovascular health is my favorite part!

How would you describe a quiet professional in your profession?  I’d love to hear in the comments below!