How to “Establish Dominance” at the gym.

Let’s be clear right from the start, no one has ever walked into the gym knowing everything…NO ONE! Sure, you will have your natural athletes and your quick learners, but everyone has had to start somewhere and that somewhere is the beginning.

So back to the title, how does one “establish dominance” at the gym? It isn’t by being narcissistic, arrogant, and unsupportive person. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Here are my tips to being the Awesome person at the gym.

  • DOUCHE CANOE: First and foremost, don’t be a douche canoe (not sure where this saying comes from, but I like the way it rolls off the tongue). Just because you know or think you know a lot about fitness doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk about it.
  • BE SUPPORTIVE: Bouncing off the douche canoe, rather than being snobby or a know it all, don’t be afraid to lend a hand or some advice. Basically, be SUPPORTIVE.   Friendliness goes a long way in life and that gesture can make a huge difference to someone on his or her fitness journey.
  • OPEN-MINDED: You may know a lot about fitness and lifting, but my experience as a trainer is you don’t know it all. It is constantly evolving and changing. Be open-minded to others giving you input.
  • FOCUS: Some of the most inspiring people at the gym are the most focused. Not everyone is up for conversation at the gym and that’s ok. These people come in with a plan, execute, and get out. They let their workout and results speak for themselves. BADASS!
  • SUPPORT: I said it once, and I will say it again. The gym can be an intimidating location for many. For some just, walking through the door is hard. Offer that support and give them positive feedback. I know one man in in particular who is amazing at this. When I have a new client I always make sure they meet him early on. His encouragement is amazing. (Keep it up Ward)


Rather than establish dominance, just be AWESOME. Support your fellow gym goer. We all have our own journey and obstacles to overcome so be the link in the chain to success rather a boulder tied to that chain weighing them down. Be supportive, be willing to learn, and get your work done.

“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” – Unknown

“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” – Vince Lombardi



Top 5: How to “Dominate” being supportive.

  1. Compliment: Little compliments make a BIG difference.
  2. High-Five: This common gesture is a symbol that you just did something awesome.
  3. Hug: Like my mom always says, “Hugs are Free.” It’s an intimate bond for comfort and support.
  4. Give them a doable challenge: When I was asked to do a Spartan, I took that challenge as a compliment.
  5. Smile: A genuine smile communicates feelings words alone cannot convey.


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