Is it me or does the title sound like the start to one of those jokes where someone says “a player, a passenger, a prisoner, a protestor, and a pilot walk into a bar.”? I can assure, however, that today’s topic is far from a joke.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been diving into a variety of different topics and this weeks topic is about identifying some of our personality traits.

There are five types of people in the world; the players, passengers, protesters, prisoners, and pilots. The range goes from Players at the most positive and open to change end, through to Protesters at the most negative and unaccepting end. In between we have Passengers and Prisoners and then at the top we have one outlier or group of individuals that we’ll refer to as the pilots. I think that the categorisations are pretty self explanatory, but nevertheless very helpful in helping us to decide the areas in our lives that we could be improving upon.

The players are the ones who decide to take control of their lives. They’re hungry to learn and are fully involved and immersed in their process. They are absolutely passionate about what they do, about being successful, and about making meaningful and permanent change in their lives.

The passengers lack the passion of the players and are often the person who is physically in the room, but if anything they’re just along for the ride. They’re there but they lack the will to fully engage and play an active role in the process and help further themselves or what they are involved in.

The prisoner is the person who’s reluctant to be there but, feels trapped and just wants to escape. Unlike the Protester, as you’ll soon learn, he is not confrontational, feels like there is nothing he can do to change the situation, and is reluctant to take the steps to change their current predicament. This is your individual that lacks the courage and feels helpless about making the changes that need to be made in order to better their life.

Then we have the protesters. The protester is the person that doesn’t want to be there, and will let everyone know about it. They’re the individual who is constantly bashing up against the system that they’ve been placed in. A Protester will often disagree with everything, and generally go out of their way to make the experience as unpleasant as possible for everyone.

Finally, we have the pilot. The pilot is the leader. Not only is this person involved in the process, much like the player, but they’re also involved in helping other people make the most out of their process. This person is typically the leader/guide/Sherpa- the one who takes control and leads the way.

So my question to you today is which one are you?

Are you the player? Or are you the prisoner?

Here’s the important thing to consider, you might be a player in one or multiple aspects of your life yet you also might be a prisoner in another. Maybe you crush it at the gym and in your relationships, yet you feel and act like a prisoner in work.

“Why does all this matter?”, you might ask. Because too many of us are playing the role of the prisoner in some or multiple aspects of our lives. Too many of us have bought into our own bullshit and have started to believe that we can’t be who we want to be, do what we want to do, and have what we want to have out of life. And if me saying that bothers you then you’ve probably bought into your own bullshit, but don’t worry friends, I’ve done it too.

I’ve spent the hours telling myself I’m not capable of doing something, that I don’t belong, or that I don’t have the knowledge. But the truth is, that when I give myself the space that I need and I get out of the way of my bullshit, I know that I have the knowledge and the experience, and that if I’m not quite there yet in some aspect of life I am capable of doing what needs to get done in order to become the person that I need to be in order to attain that thing.

The key to all of this is to acknowledge where we are in each of the domains of our lives and take the steps that we need to take in order to become the players or better yet the pilots in our lives.

If you’re anything like me you might be thinking to yourself right about now that “it’s not that easy because (insert your excuse here)”. However, I’d tell you that you can put the same amount of your energy towards being passionate, motivated, and deeply involved in your process or you can put it into being passive, despondent, and not involved with what is going on in your life. Yet, at the end of it all the outcome will be drastically different.

So what’s it going to be?

Are you going to be a passenger or a prisoner?

I know what I’ll be striving towards.


Coach Kels

While I can’t promise that I can give you the tools to be a player in every single area of your life I can promise that I can give you the tools to be a player in the gym and if you’re willing to learn from the lessons you gain inside the gym you might just find that you become a player in other areas outside of the gym. To find out more get in contact with us today by clicking here.

Here is some sample programming for the week ahead, if you give it a go, let me know what you think.

Day 1:

A. Box Squat- 4 x 3 @ 8 RPE @ 4,2,1,1

B. Wide Stance Good Morning : 4 x 5 @ 4,1,1,1

C. 12 Minute Ascending Ladder (Complete 1 rep of each movement, add another rep each round until the time runs out)

*Perform session at a perceived exertion of 8/10*

I) Dumbbell Front Squat- @ 22.5kg/15kg

II) Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift- @22.5kg/15kg

III) Burpee over dumbbells

Day 2:

A1) Push Jerk: 4×4 @ 8 Rpe @ 1,3,X,1

A2) Pull-Up: 4×6 @ 8 Rpe @ 1,3,1,1

B1) Decline Dumbbell Press: 3 x 8 @ 8 RPE @ 4,1,1,1

B2) Ring Row: 3 x 8 @ 8 RPE @ 1,4,1,1

C) 3 Rounds For Time (Intent should be on Quality):

*Add 2 reps to each movement per round*

I. Dumbbell Thrusters- 8 x 22.5kg/15kg

II. Bent over dumbbell row (alternating)- 10 x 22.5/15kg @ 1,3,1,1

III. Sit-Ups- 12

Day 3:

A) Sumo Deadlift (2″ Block Pull): 4 x 5 @ 8 Rpe @ 1,1,1,1

B1) Split Squat (Dumbbells)- 4 x 6/side @ 8 Rpe @ 3,2,1,1

B2) Suitcase Deadlift (Dumbbells): 4 x 6/side @ 8 RPE @ 3,1,1,1

B3)Side Plank- 4 x 30s/side

C) 5 Rounds For Time:

I) 12 Dumbbell Deadlifts @ 25kg/17.5kg

II) 10 Dumbbell Hang Cleans @ 25kg/17.5kg

III) 8 Box Jumps @ 72/64