A positive gym culture exists when the ideals of positivity and respect govern your gym’s environment; at this point, everything else makes more sense.
If everyone in the gym upholds the athlete-first and positive coaching principles, you will have happy, healthy athletes and fulfilled coaches.
Why a Positive Gym Culture Matters
And I mean this fully. One of the many benefits of a well-established positive culture in any organization is how everyone in it feels. Science tells us that happier employees tend to be more productive and willingly follow internal cultural norms.
In a study by the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, “Economists carried out a number of experiments to test the idea that happy employees work harder. In the laboratory, they found happiness made people around 12% more productive.”
Conversely, this increase in productivity makes management happier.
Dr Daniel Sgroi from the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick explains that happy people use their time more effectively because they enjoy the work process, enhancing quality also.
It isn’t a coincidence that massive tech conglomerates like Google have spent millions of dollars investigating how workplace satisfaction helps the company’s general performance. You might have noticed Google is doing well as a business.
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Creating a Positive Gym Culture
Positive coaching and the athlete-first approach are only parts of a greater gym-wide culture. Everyone, especially the athletes, should feel that the gym environment is conducive to mutual respect and positive work.
But how do you create that culture?
Admittedly, establishing a positive gym culture is more manageable than maintaining it.
The best way to begin to set up a positive organizational culture (and a gym is a complex organizational structure) is to make the principles of respect and mutual responsibility inviolable rules in the gym.
At Invert City and Pulsars, the respect assumption governs all internal behaviour. This assumption holds that everyone we see in the gym is intelligent and complex, and we must treat them like that.
Betraying this assumption is a transgression that warrants immediate suspension from our groups or classes.
I will expand on the respect assumption in a later post.
Thank you for reading.
— Coach José