A Policeman knocked on my door over the weekend. All hell broke loose – the dog started barking, the 4 year old started yelling that there was a police car outside, my wife began running possible scenarios in her head as to why he was knocking on our door.
I opened the door, quickly walked out, shut the door behind me (mistake), said “Hello” and asked the officer what I could help him with.
He smiled, looked over my shoulder at the door that I had just closed behind me and said that he was responding to a 911 call.
“No, sir, no 911 call was made from here”, I said “unless one of my kids had accidentally done it.”
The dog was still inside barking, kids yelling, tension building.
I asked the police officer to come inside – I knew he would remain forever curious if I didn’t. ask him in.
I introduced him to my family, my 4 year old asked him what the gun was for, he stumbled through his answer and then we went back outside.
Once we had covered the possible reasons for the 911 call, I took the opportunity to ask him about the police department’s fitness program.
He said it was non existent, the staff was shorthanded and stress out but he knew the importance of staying fit.
I let him talk.
Once he was done talking about all of the ways fitness is important, I showed him my brand new garage gym, tricked out with nearly 10,000 $ in Rogue equipment, Nexersys, bowflex, peg board and more.
That got his attention. The conversation quickly turned from problems (shorthanded, stressed out, etc) to possibilities (building a stronger, fitter police department).
His eyes lit up, he got excited.
I offered to come by the department and do a “lunch and learn” about fitness with a brief follow along workout.
I offered to volunteer as an “official trainer” to the police department – free of charge of course.
He gave me his business card and I told him I would email him more details. He took one last look at my gym and then asked my 4 year old to come with him. At this point, there was no suspicion of getting handcuffed and taken away so my 4 year old took off walking towards the patrol car with him.
Next thing you know, the sirens are sounding and the lights are flashing and my son is sitting behind the wheel of the police car.
From that point on, his day was made.
As a positive minded fitness professional, I see opportunities everywhere. Do they all pay off?
Do most of them pay off?
When you’re truly passionate about fitness, every encounter is an opportunity to help. Every person whom you meet is a chance to better that persons life and that persons network of friends and family lives.
Through your fitness program. The power of fitness. If you believe in your product, you’ll tell everyone about it at every opportunity. – even the police.