Hey there! Thanks for checking us out. We’re Body-Improvements, LLC. And by we… I mean I. As in Steve Troutman. I’m Steve Troutman.
I’ve been doing this internet fitness stuff a long time. I started my first fitness community via yahoo groups back in 2000. By 2001 I had a handful of virtual clients. At the time it was just a side thing that supplemented the personal training I was doing in gyms. Be that as it may… it felt really really right.
Upon graduating college in 2004, I started Body-Improvements, LLC. I figured it was time to make things official since I was opening my first studio. I was still primarily training people in the gym and while I had desires of growing the web consulting side of the business, it was still a side gig.
At the time, the concept of coaching people over the web was foreign. In fact, there was a lot of negative energy directed toward it – almost as if it were a sham. I was young and impressionable and I felt a lot of guilt about advertising a service that people I respected frowned upon.
It wasn’t until later in my career that I found the confidence and maturity to do exactly what I felt best suited me and the people I wanted to help. Some things in life take time… you have to catch up to them before you’re truly ready.
Today web-based coaching accounts for the vast majority of my business. It’s a massive part of my life that I’m beyond grateful for. I truly feel as though I’ve found my purpose. That I’m currently helping people in over 10 countries right now is unbelievable to me.
I love my job.
A Glimpse Into My Life
I have a beautiful wife whom I love very much. Like any great relationship – it takes a lot of work. We’re blessed with 3 amazing little girls who are 7, 5, and 3 as of this writing. If you’re a parent, you know very well how chaotic life with 3 little ones can be. If you’re not a parent, even if you think you’re hustling… there are higher gears you didn’t even know existed. I assure you.
I have a dog who, as of this writing, is 5 weeks into ACL surgery rehab and needs to be leash-walked for 4 months. I also have a cat who is experiencing kidney failure, which means I have to stick him with a needle every 2-3 days for an IV drip.
I live in a 300 year old farm house. Which sounds awesome… I know. But it requires more work than you can imagine.
I have friends and hobbies, too.
I share the above only to express the fact that I’m human. Like you, I struggle to find balance. I have a lot of things going on – a lot of commitments. There are easy days and there are hard days. I make mistakes and I battle with that negative voice in my head. There are times where fitness is near the top of my priorities and there are times where it’s near the bottom.
The human experience comes fully equipped with turbulence and surprises. After working with hundreds of people over the years, it’s very clear that this is the part of the equation that most people struggle with. Can you relate? Do you struggle to execute on your goals consistently because of the dynamic nature of your life?
It is for this reason that my approach to coaching is rooted in a neck-up philosophy. If you’re like most, you already know what to do. You’re simply struggling with actually doing it on the regular. This is what coaching is all about. It’s about constructing a framework that meets you where you are. That addresses life outside of the gym and kitchen. That teaches you how to train your mind in addition to your body. Areas of focus include.
- Establishing a learner’s mindset
- Forming an identity that serves your mission
- Setting goals that act as your North Star
- Creating fallback plans to gain flexibility
- Building meditation and mindfulness into your life
- Learning to consciously surf the waves of life
- Connecting and experiencing your emotions rather than numbing
- Forming an attitude of gratitude through practice
- Learning to lean into vulnerability and embrace your authentic self
- Understanding self-care beyond the gym and kitchen
- Meeting yourself where you are right now
- Getting in touch with the narrative that’s playing in your head
That’s by no means an extensive list, but it does highlight some of the deep work you can expect if a) you hire me as your coach and b) you want to make lasting change. Things like calories, macros, sets, and reps certainly play a role in the coaching process. They’re not what’s steering the boat, though. I believe that you must work from the inside-out if you’re going to make lasting change to your health.
I also believe that what stands between you and where you want to be is a set of skills that can be acquired through practice. I don’t care if we’re talking about inside work or outside work… it all comes down to learning and integrating new things into your life. While most trainers and coaches are slinging special sounding programs and diets that encourage broad sweeping overhaul to your lifestyle, I keep it real. I’m playing the long game. I don’t care how quickly you drop weight. I only care about how much of an impact my advice can make on the quality of your life and how long that impact will last. The way this is managed is through guiding you through the process of acquiring the skills you need at a pace that meets you where you are.
You’re in the middle of something. Most people think in terms of finality. They are who they are and there’s not a lot they can do about that. They try and cram fitness into this rigid mold. I’m here to tell you that this is not the only way. Not by a country mile. The possibilities of what you can do with your body and life are nearly limitless. The mindset has to match the process, though. And that’s a huge part of my philosophy as a coach.
In one testimonial a former client wrote:
I came to Steve looking for an awesome program. What I got was a mental makeover. Steve can talk training and diet all day long but what he’s strongest at is the human side of fitness.
If you’d like to hear how I can specifically help you, please feel free to contact me.