If I’ve learned anything in the short time that JB Performance has been in operation, it’s that you need to surround yourself with good people. I have no idea where we’d be if it wasn’t for a few people who have mentored us in so many aspects along the way. I’d probably be stuck teaching a step class to 60 year old women somewhere. Despite having no rhythm and a terrible condition known as the “white boy dance syndrome.” This would not be a good thing for anyone.

Our clients have been so supportive of our business and us personally over the past 3 years. It’s been a real pleasure getting to know all these people on a personal basis. If you ever want free food be sure to train some moms. They take better care of us than we do. They’re almost as good as our parents but not quite. Both of our parents have been 100% supportive of our business venture. They’ve supported us financially, with words of encouragement, and with stern “Brad you can’t say that” talks. Without them all my inside thoughts would be outside thoughts. Remember that saying “parents always know best.” Definitely true.  

On the business side we would be completely lost without our bookkeeper Kim. She’s more than a bookkeeper. She’s our mentor, teacher, and mother all in one. Talk about a headache! Adopting two grown adults who, to put it nicely, lack business sense is a full time task. We get a weekly to do list from her and I can’t tell you how great it is (that wasn’t sarcasm for everyone that knows me)! If we do a good job we get a gold star. If not, we get a stamp that says “do better.” It actually doesn’t say do better, it says something I’m not going to put on the internet, but you get the point. She and her husband Geoff have taught us so much about business and how to handle certain situations. We don’t always listen but are getting better! Last week was the first time we received more gold stars than the “other” stamp. NBD. Kim if you are reading this, know that you are stuck with us for life. Sorry that’s just the way it’s going to be. Kidding. But seriously, please don’t ever leave.

On the training side of things we are lucky enough to bounce our ideas off of a few people. Sometimes we get a “hey that’s a great idea,” other times we hear crickets. You win some you lose some. In the city we have 2 main resources we go to. Bruce Craven and the guys at Ignite Conditioning, Joel Lipinski, David Stevens, and Jordan Harbidge. All 4 guys are people whose opinions we respect greatly. If you’re a National caliber athlete at any sport check Bruce out. If you play football, check the guys over at Ignite out. Both will make you better within your given sport. They’re very good at what they do.

Outside of Saskatoon we were fortunate enough to bring out Maria Mountain last summer for a few days. If you don’t know who she is google her. She’s a big deal. I can’t even begin to tell you how much we’ve learned from her since then through Skype sessions and emails. The energy she brought to the workouts was phenomenal. Her knowledge and the way she broke down every single thing made me feel like I was a student back in high school! She left a lasting impression on us with the way she trained each client, and definitely made us better. She’s also been phenomenal at offering business advice and sharing the mistakes she’s made along the way so that we can avoid them. We can’t thank her enough.

We’ve also recently partnered with Greg Slobodzian of KYHU (Keep Your Head Up) Hockey. Most people in the Saskatoon hockey community know who Greg is, and for good reason. He’s very good at what he does. He teaches on ice skills to elite level hockey players, and is one hell of a good hockey coach. It’s been a great fit as we both have similar philosophies on how a hockey player needs to move. It’s rare to find someone like him with such an understanding of how the game is broken down and what needs to be done to fix any problems a player may have. The only thing I don’t like about him is that he likes to eat Dim Sum for lunch meetings. But I’ve managed to move past that. I can’t wait for the summer program with our hockey guys as we’re offering something that no one else in the city is. A comprehensive program tailored individually to each hockey player. He’s an instrumental part of that.               

So to recap, if you want to make like easier and more enjoyable surround yourself with good people. Despite the headaches we are undoubtedly creating for them, it’s made our job and life that much easier! Leave your thoughts/comments below: