Always wanting to do his own thing, today’s guest Darren Dillon knew that he was going to carve his own path into what we now know as Kickstart Fitness. Specializing in functional training, Darren’s clients range from whole football teams to individual athletes, but he initially felt like a boy in a man’s game when he first started as a personal trainer.
It was an uphill battle the whole time as he considered the question, “What would happen if money wasn’t an issue and any possibility was out there?”
He looked at some fitness boot camps, and began his own camp which kickstarted a chain of events that eventually led to becoming the only master trainer for TRX in his area. He’s found a niche in the fitness world that has allowed him to be HIM. Darren is proof that there’s longevity in education and showing that the quality of fitness trainers is rising. Darren’s philosophy is: There’s value in educating yourself to give people what they want without sacrificing what it is that they need. Everything that he coaches is stuff that he’s done himself. Clients trust his training facility because they’re not trying to sell them shitty products and believe in what they do by focusing on the shit that they’re good at.
Highlights from Today’s Episode:
–Darren Dillon is the owner of Kickstart Fitness
–Played a bunch of sports but not a master of any, thinking that he’d drive trucks like his father, but discovered a different path as an entrepreneur within fitness.
–Boy in a man’s game as he thought what he could do with his life if there were no limitations
–From fitness boot camps to becoming the only master trainer for TRX in his area, Darren’s been able to travel the world training and educating others in fitness.
–Master Trainer for TRX Training as well as TriggerPoint Performance, Athletic development and Program Director for Kickstart Fitness
–There’s value in educating yourself to give people what they want without sacrificing what it is that they need.
There are 3 Moves of Mobility that he focuses on at KickStart during a circuit-style class which are:
- Squat Racks to TRX
- Dead Lifts to TRX Hinge
- Bench Press to Straps
This is broken down throughout the week, customized for the individual client:
Monday: Mobility (see the 3 Moves above)
Tuesday: Customized workout
Wednesday: Compound mills and walking
Thursday: Super Set (unilateral left & right)
Friday: Recovery & Reload
Saturday & Sunday: Grind
On a macro level, fitness training is done quarterly.
–Sees fitness as a smarter industry now that uses tools like kettle bells in a way that they were initially meant to be used for.
–Trainers and clients are becoming more educated, but it’s a double-edged sword with the latter.
–Clients trust his training facility because they’re not trying to sell them shitty products and believe in what they do by focusing on the shit that they’re good at.
–Travel is necessary (and fun) in order to gain more education.
Links Mentioned from the Podcast:
- Master Trainer at TRX Training
- Master Trainer at TriggerPoint
- Athletic development & Program Director at Kickstart Fitness
- Strength and conditioning coach at Shamrock Rovers Football Club
Takeaways from Darren Dillon:
- Know whether you want to be a fitness trainer or not; you don’t understand yourself, why would anyone want to listen to you?
- The Fitness industry is so much more accessible now, but it comes down to how we carry ourselves over showing off our muscles all of the time
- The real win and true evolution is about being involved in your own unique niche
- The Irish Industry has evolved and become a lot smarter about fitness
- Fitness is also about mental hygiene and wellness as well
- We all go through shit, but it’s not OK to not be OK. If we’re struggling, we need to get help, and fitness is sometimes the most healing tool out there.
- ONE THING: If looking at personal training as a career path or not, the only way you will know if it’s for you or not is to DO IT. You will know whether or not it’s for you after you begin doing the work.