When distinguishing the difference, Nugent is quick to point out that being an instructor who’s a winner is obviously a good thing. “They’re good at what they do. They have packed classes, they’re dependable, and they love leading the group,” Nugent told attendees at IHRSA 2019.
While they excel as class instructors, however, these “winners” don’t do anything beyond their basic duties. These types of trainers have big egos, teach at other clubs, and don’t stick around to help at your club. They show up, run their class, then leave.
“As soon as you ask them to do something outside of the box, they won’t. They’re what I call ‘minimalists.’”
Warriors, on the other hand, do go the extra mile. “They're loyal, and they’re always willing to help,” said Nugent. “When I ask them to do something, they say, ‘You got it, no problem.’ They’re going to do what it takes to make the club better. That's who I want on my team.”
Make no mistake, Nugent said, warriors are also winners, but they’re a different breed. Like the traditional definition of a warrior, they go to battle for you.
Turning a Group Exercise Winner into a Warrior
Not every winner can become a warrior, but that’s OK, Nugent said. You’re always going to have instructors who are just not going to commit to a larger, more loyal role in your club. But in order to build a great fitness program, you need warriors, she says.
Fortunately, you can convert winners into warriors. Nugent told session attendees she once took over as fitness director of a long-established club that had a large staff of instructors. This presented a more difficult challenge than building her own team from the ground up.
“I thought, how am I going to get everything under control? How am I going to find a dream team within this staff of 77?” she remembered.