All I Need to Know About Business I Learned In The Gym

June 25, 2019

About the Author: Eric Bach

You learn more in the gym than just how to add muscle.

Along with the physical transformation, you learn how to transform your mindset about what you can achieve professionally. You add mental muscle and resilience.

I’ve been an iron junkie since I was 13 years old. I wanted to add muscle to my feeble 103-pound frame for football. And, yes, there was also another reason: I wanted to impress the ladies.

Eighty pounds and 17 years later, I’ve gone from skinny runt to author, business owner, and sought after trainer, working with athletes and executives.

I bought my own home before age 30 and am living life on my own terms with the woman of my dreams. Life is good!

Along the way,  I’ve started three business: my online fitness coaching business, my business mentorship program for trainers, and a new venture completely outside the fitness industry that draws on the sales and marketing skills I’ve mastered.

Here’s what I’ve  discovered:
The discipline, laserlike focus, and willpower you use to transform your body serve you well in succeeding in business.


Here are the eight things I’ve learned about what building your body has in common with building your business.  

1.What You DON’T Do Determines What You Can Do

There is a staggering amount of information out there on training and nutrition. The same holds true for building any kind of business.

So you don’t need more information. You need more focus.

Start by eliminating conflicting sources of information that will just overwhelm you. Read less and do more.

Whether in the gym or in business, formulate a plan and stick to it.

Execute with excellence.

Get in your sets and reps. There are no shortcuts.

Don’t be a program-hopper. It never works.  

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When it comes to fitness, follow one expert who resonates with you. Dig deep and truly understand their method. Buy their programs and do them to completion.

Apply the same focus to your business. Pick one program, one funnel, one social media platform, and nail them one at a time.

Only move to a new area, goal, method, or create a new product once you’ve mastered what’s in front of you. But this all begins with eliminating the noise so you can focus.

2. No One Cares About You

All those buff half-naked studs and sweaty meatheads grunting and smashing weights can make for an intimidating environment.

You look around and feel like you don’t measure up. Everyone seems more advanced than you. But as Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Whether you’re a seasoned vet or just getting started, you have to remember everyone was a beginner at one point. They’ve all walked in your shoes. They had the same doubts, insecurities, and struggles you’re experiencing now.

The same dynamics exist in business. When I started blogging, I was terrified of hitting publish, figuring I’d get criticized left and right by my boss and coworkers.

It turns out the opposite was true. They reached out and said, “Congrats, it’s great to see what you’re doing. I wish I could do the same.”

We all tend to think our every action is being examined with a microscope and being criticized by others. Not so. Almost no one cares what you do. They have their own problems.

The truth is, we’re all just trying to figure shit out as we go. Do you. Focus on the process and improve daily. Sure, some haters may pop up, but they’re the minority, not the majority. (More often than not, their criticisms are more about their insecurities than anything you’re doing, anyway.)

3. Consistency is More Important Than Perfection.

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’ve decided now is the time to get in shape. You’re going to follow a specific diet, workout five times per week, and turn off Netflix so you can get your needed sleep.

You crush it for a week, or heck, a month.

Then work gets in the way. So do family obligations and social engagements. They leave you exhausted with little willpower and time to focus on you. Voila, you’ve fallen off the wagon (again) and are back at square one with fitness.

The key to transforming your body over the long term isn’t having a plan created for the perfect time. It’s about having a plan you can stick with long term.

The inability to adapt and stay consistent (not a lack of information or “drive”) is the reason most people fail.

The same troubles brew in business. Your new marketing strategy or sales funnel will never be perfect. If you continuously chase perfection, you’ll never get anything accomplished.

Which is not to say you should just “take it easy” or release an inferior product. I’m saying, do great work, then course correct as needed.

You can slow down in the gym and have an imperfect product, but you can’t “stop” or never start in the first place. We learn, grow, and adapt through action. Over the long term, consistent effort is what separates the best bodies and businesses from the crowd.

4. Sometimes Bad Shit Happens. It’s How You Deal With It That Matters

I ran track as a senior in high school to prepare for college football. For a white dude in northern Wisconsin, I was okay. But everything changed when I tore a hamstring in the state semi-finals for a 100-meter race.

I was devastated. Still, I rehabbed all summer and was ready for fall camp. I tested and ran well. But ten days later, history repeated itself. My hamstring frayed like an old rope, and my football aspirations fizzled. 

I could have kept going, but the injury presented me with another opportunity: to go all in and learn the ins and outs of strength and conditioning, getting experience early. What felt like the end of the world ended up being instrumental to my success as a coach.

A few years later, right after I had decided to go all in on my online business, a fraudulent accountant  stole roughly 50k in tax payments meant for the IRS, causing an incredible amount of financial and marital stress. I tell the full story here

The bottom line is: bad things happen.

I hope you never have to deal with either scenario or anything worse. But should an unfortunate situation arise, choose to use it.  You can either let it define you, or use it as motivation and a chance to improve.

5. Hone One Skill At A Time

An old saying goes: “If you chase two rabbits, you’ll catch none.”

If you train to run a marathon, build muscle, and powerlift at the same time, you’ll end up working your ass off with nothing to show for it.

Fat loss requires a caloric deficit. Building muscle requires a caloric surplus. So chasing two opposing goals won’t work out too well. In fitness, you’ll get results exponentially faster pursuing one goal, doing it to completion, then moving to the next.

You need the same focus in business. With my online business, I need a few pillar skills:

Writing: Content writing and copywriting.

Sales: Hey, it’s a business. You need to sell your product to make an impact.

Deliver a Killer Product: Without this, nothing matters. No amount of slick marketing will make up for a bad product.

Systems and Processes: You need to systematize delivery, scale, and have quality control.

Most entrepreneurs take a shotgun approach to improvement. They try to improve all areas at once and end up feeling overwhelmed.

A better option is to take a sniper’s approach, shooting for one precise target at a time. You’ll make marked improvements and stay motivated to push through initial struggles.

I like to break my self-improvement into quarters. In the first quarter of the year, I may go deep into copywriting, focusing on getting coaching and reading books on improving as a writer.

In fitness and business, go an inch wide and a mile deep. You’ll learn more, grow more, and succeed faster.

6. If You Want More, Do More

Lost in the world of “hacks and secrets” is a simple truth: if you want more, you’re going to have to do more.

In fitness and business, you must be willing to make sacrifices the “average” person isn’t ready to make if you want exceptional results.

In fitness, you’ll need to train harder, longer, and say “no” to a night out on occasion. In business, you may need to get up earlier and sacrifice sleep or date night.

You may need to invest, get a loan, and take a risk. For some strange reason, many would-be fitness entrepreneurs seem to think they can launch online businesses without spending any money at all. They hesitate to invest a few hundred dollars in software or a website and say they “can’t afford” $2,000 for a course that would provide them with the very skills they need to succeed.

In the end, the choice is yours. It’s up to you to decide what you want, what sacrifices you’ll make, and ultimately, where you choose to be great.

7. Play The Long Game.

Crash diets and crazy “photo-shoot ready” routines can help you get dramatic results in the short term. Take this picture for example:

After following an aggressive fat loss diet and pre-shoot hydration strategy, I was shredded, not to mention ravenously hungry.

Here’s what you don’t see. My blood biomarkers for organ stress were all elevated, and my testosterone levels withered like a raisin. As a reference, my testosterone levels were down to about 400, the equivalent to a 60+-year-old compared to my normal levels of 800.

Had I stayed the path, I would have done long-term damage to my health and hormones. The lesson? Despite how they’re marketed to you, challenges, tweaks, and aggressive fitness plans must remain short term.

Only take on aggressive, short term plans with professional help and a plan to return to sustainability. If you rely on them or stick to them too long, you’ll run into long-term issues.

The same lesson applies to business, especially those who sell out for a quick buck or rely on constant sales and challenges to generate business.

Sure, a short term sale can improve cash flow, but it can’t be the lifeblood of your business. If you make a habit of discounting your services, people will wait until the next discount. You’ll become the Groupon version of your industry, rather than the Apple.

Another example would be the “influencer” crowd.

Popular media personalities attach themselves to any brand willing to dole out a 30% discount code on form-fitting tights or protein supplements so they can pay their bills.

But as we often see, companies go bust whether it’s due to poor management or something more sinister, like lying about their product. When you attach your brand to another (or 20), you’ve now linked any bad stuff your partner does.

Choose wisely. Play the long game. Protect your name and your integrity. Much like you need a long-term focus on transforming your body, you need a long-term plan for creating a sustainable business.

8. No One Succeeds Alone

You can learn from a trusted expert who can help you avoid the biggest mistakes, hold you accountable, and provide the roadmap to success.

Or you can take exponentially longer to (maybe) figure it out for yourself. But this is a mugs game. You can’t grow and take the next step forward without picking up your back foot. We’ll help you take the next step.

Even more important is your time. You’ll never get it back, which is why having our world-class coaches get you better results in a fraction of the time is a no brainer. A quality coach will help you get better results in a fraction of the time.

This leaves you with two options.

A. You can use this information and do your best to go it alone.

B. You can trust in a proven Physique Transformation Program and get world-class results by applying here.


  1. Shane MCLEAN June 29, 2019 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Fantastic post coach. You hit the nail on the head.

    • Harold Puckett July 9, 2019 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      This sounds like very good advice. Thank you

  2. Eric Bach Performance July 1, 2019 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Shane. I appreciate it!

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