We had the good fortune of connecting with Keith Haaff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keith, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’ve learned — and am still learning how to set boundaries with being on my phone. Since the beginning of the year, being “present” has become a priority. While I’m training my clients it’s easy to focus on who or what is front of me without any distractions. But once I’ve “clocked out” sometimes it’s hard to disconnect from work and completely shut off. Often times my clients will look to me for lifestyle, fitness, or programming suggestions, all of which I’m eager to offer my support. While I love being helpful to my clients, sometimes being helpful outside of the gym can lead to being distracted in my personal life. I’ve started leaving my phone in the other room while I focus on continuing my training education. The more focused I become and the more I learn, the better coach I can become for my clients. This also means not checking my phone while I’m spending time with the boys and reminiscing on the glory days of our sports careers. The intention is to keep interruptions at a minimum, because I don’t want to miss out on special moments or the opportunity to connect. All of this is a work in progress, but at the end of the day the goal is to better my quality of training and work ethic for my clients, and to deepen my relationships with friends, family, and girlfriend.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I answered this questions previously in my first interview. Answer below. 🙂 http://voyagephoenix.com/interview/meet-keith-haaff-unleash-performance-central-phoenix-scottsdale/
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First off we’d need caffeine because of course, you cant start anything without a cup of joe. My go to spot is Lux Central. Coffee’s great and the ambiance, art, and friendly staff are the perfect combo. Then we’d hit my favorite place to hike outside of the city, Superstition Mountains. Although Flat Iron is an intense hike, the views from the top are incredible and well worth it. We’d obviously have to crush lunch after the hike, so we’d head over to The Chuckbox in Tempe. This restaurant reminds me of a place you’d find in Southern Indiana. They grill up the most flavorful burgers and spicy chicken sandwiches right in front of you. On a separate day we’d head over to one of the resorts and lay by the pool. After a full day laying in the sun, it’d be a toss up between getting drinks at Windsor in Central Phoenix, or being a little more boujee and having dinner at Fat Ox in Paradise Valley. Windsor’s No. 63 drink (Kentucky Bourbon, fresh grapefruit, with honey syrup) is so refreshing and goes down a little too easily. Fat Ox never disappoints and is perfect for any occasion. Their veal meatballs, Gigli pasta, and lemon tart dessert… my mouth is watering at the thought.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Where do I begin… I’m bound to leave someone out that deserves an enormous amount of credit for my success. The first two people that come to mind are Eric Cressey and Connor Ryan. These guys have been tremendous leaders and mentors. They’ve not only expanded my knowledge in the sports performance industry, but they’ve taught me better ways to run a business. The next two that come to mind are Jamie and Matt Schaub. They own and operate assisted living homes in Central Phoenix, Constant Care LLC. They’ve opened the door to my assisted living business, and trusted me to train their clientele. I can’t thank them enough for their support and belief in what I have to offer. Last but not least, Bekkah Herman. She’s the one that has to deal with all this ruckus on a daily basis, but I know she wouldn’t change anything about it… I think lol. More importantly, my business wouldn’t run the way it does without her. Her attention to detail, quality control, creativity, ability to articulate, and the way she betters herself every day —makes me want to be better in everything I do. The list goes on but I can’t say enough about how thankful I am for her professional input, and how lucky I am to have her in my life.
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