This week we proudly highlight the inspired Coach Diontae Trawick of IProvide Fitness. Coach "Tra" has a dynamic passion for training youth athletes and seeing them strive toward their goals. A retired Marine, he shares how he leverages his experience and gifts to empower young people for success.
Coach Diontae Trawick of IProvide Fitness
What motivated you to pursue a career in fitness after such an amazing
career in the military?
While in the military I was the happiest when I was running physical
training or doing martial arts training. That carried over into youth
sports the first time I coached. The minute I had a kid look at me and
say "thanks coach" that was it I was hooked. Seeing people improve and
being a part of that process is so rewarding, to have both parents and
kids get excited when they see you at the store or something is a
feeling I can't explain.
What is the toughest challenge you face in helping your clients meet
your goals? How do you overcome this challenge?
The toughest challenge for me would be my pace. It's a very fine line
between being too intense and not intense enough. That part is from
the military, I have fun but I am very demanding so keeping the client
motivated through "the suck" is the biggest challenge. I try to be
very encouraging throughout the workouts, and when I see my client
getting to that point of "I can't do this anymore" I remind them that
it's in those moments we make the biggest strides. At my workouts you
will hear me say "4th qtr" all the time I tell them we need you, the
team needs you. I want them to understand they're not alone and to
How much do you draw on your military experience in helping your clients?
A LOT!!! In the military we had to endure a lot of pain and exhaustion
and had no option to quit we couldn't whether we wanted to or not. As
a Drill Instructor I have seen kids grow so much in such a small
period of time so I know it's possible. Those images and memories are
what keeps me pushing the clients even when they think they can't go
anymore. I want them to get that feeling of no quit no matter what, I
want them to own it.
What sets you apart from other trainers and coaches?
LOVE!!! I love my clients I don't want to be a guy who trains, I want
to be COACH TRA. I want to see the kids excited when they see me out
in town, I want the kids to bug their parents about getting workouts
in. I want every client to know I care about them, truly care about
their improvement and their well being. For the adults I want them to
feel the same way I want them to be worked hard, be tired, be sore,
but love every minute of it because they know we're in it together.
How would you like to see the coaching/ training industry improve...or
how could it evolve?
LOVE!! I say this again because too many trainers are out there
strictly for monetary reasons if a client didn't like the workout they
couldn't care less. Coaches try to relive their glory days, and don't
really care about the kids they coach. If more people that truly care
step up and coach and show these kids that they're not too young, that
we believe in them and to keep pushing you will see a major
difference. Not just in the athlete either but in the community
because positivity spreads we just can't be afraid to put it out there
and not let the negative people detour us.
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What's your next goal for yourself or your career?
The same just more of it, A lot more of it. I met EJ about 3 years ago
and we ended up talking for almost 3 hours randomly in a GNC and I
told him then that training is a dream job for me. So I want more, I
want a facility, I want to have thousands of clients with our brand, I
want to have a group of like minded individuals making a real
difference in peoples lives.
Your a Dad of 5 amazing children...what do you love most about fatherhood?
EVERYTHING! I know that's a broad answer but it's the truth. From
hearing my younger kids yell "Daddy" when I walk in the door and
running up to give me a hug to my oldest son trying to beat me in
everything (God willing he will, they all will), My youngest daughter
finding me in the middle of the night so she can sleep on me, my 5 yr
old son talk to me about velocity, and traction ( yes that happens) to
my oldest daughter randomly hugging me. Seeing them grow, seeing them
improve and evolve through life is the most rewarding thing I could
have. When I look at them it just reminds me of how much God loves me
and how often he showers his blessings upon me. I can go on and on but I truly love their likenesses as well as their differences, it's funny
to see things like pictures of my oldest son with a football when he
was one and seeing my youngest son holding the ball the exact same way his older brother did when he was that age. It's amazing to see, and
it happens with all of them. They make my heart smile.
Coach Trawick's son, Devin, works hard to live up to his Dad's Example
Coach Diontae Trawick
Coach Trawick is a father of 5 amazing children, and husband to an amazing supportive wife. Through coaching and training he has developed an absolute love for making people better and bettering myself every minute of everyday. Coach "Tra" is a former United States Marine, where he served as a Drill Instructor, Combat Conditioning Instructor, and Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor among other duties. Coach has been coaching various sports from youth to high school for over 5 years. His mantra " I promise to always give you the best of me while demanding the best from you. We will strive to get better everyday. God first always. "
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