The Next Level Difference
This will be my last blog article here at Next Level as I have recently accepted another position. I have been here since October of last year and it has been a valuable learning experience for me. I had been out of the private sector for over a decade working primarily in collegiate and professional environments. I returned to the private sector with some reluctance but what I found here with Colby and his facility is rare in my opinion. I have seen a lot of places, teams, organizations and coaches in my 15 years as a performance coach and this place is unique. Three main things separate Next Level from others like it.
The first thing and most important thing I found was a growth mindset. A willingness to listen to some hard truths and make strides to improve everyday. The phrase of “we have always done it that way” just does not exist here. If there is a better way of teaching, coaching or implementing something then it is put forward immediately.
Quality of Movement
Movement over muscles is what drives the philosophy here. It’s not always the case in a lot of gyms around the country. This leads to a better quality of life for adults and overall better performance for athletes. By using free weights in all shapes and forms the efficiency of the training far surpasses your typical gym.
It rivals many college facilities: With more than 12,000 sq/ft of enclosed space, a 6-lane 40 yard sprint track, Olympic platforms and full complement of weights and training equipment, the facility is not common by any means. It allows for such a multitude of training options and for athletes it is invaluable for true speed and strength development.
In closing, I wish nothing but future success for Colby, his staff, clients and athletes in all their future endeavors. Again, I will reiterate to Northern Virginia that this place is a little gem tucked away in a small industrial park in Haymarket. If you are looking for results, willing to be taught and want to put in the work, seek them out and they will show you the way!