We had the good fortune of connecting with Minor Bowens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Minor, how do you think about risk?
Life is the culmination of the choices one makes and the risks we take. The older I become I find that some of the best choices that you can make will be disguised as a huge risk- but that risk is nothing but a self imposed barrier that you are placing on yourself. Personally, the move to become a strength and conditioning coach was one of the biggest risks I’ve taken. This was not my major in college but once I hit the real world I learned that success is going to take triple the time and effort that one would originally think. Once I learned that I chose to set out on a new career path that has now taken me across the country and have allowed me to make connections that just wouldn’t happen in the traditional corporate sector. Risk also comes with failure, let me not leave that out. But those failures are the key to ultimate success. Fail your way to the top, because the ultimate failure is regret as you lay on your deathbed
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career has been a colorful one for sure haha! I have worked across the country coaching sports from football to nordic skiing. That experience has allowed me to be in a vacuum so the speak, dealing with different personalities, coaching styles, and the pressure for each team to succeed. Being a minority hire at most places the process was not easy at all. As a human performance coach your hours are long and the expectation for the athletes to perform are imperative to your work status. I overcame this challenge however by putting my head down and learning. I knew I had to be ten times as good to get the respect I deserved from the work colleagues and the superstar athletes that I was coaching. One of my proudest coaching moments wa the 2018 run at The University of Houston. What we were able to accomplish that year was no short of legendary. We were able to win the national championship in the 100m, 4x100m, 60m (Indoor), 200m (indoor), 400m outdoor, and a third place overall finish. The variety of winning athletes on that team from an All-American status alone showed the validity of what I was able to create with my team and coaches on the sports side to make sure these kids were in the best shape of their lives!
What I want the world to know is that The system that I developed during my collegiate coaching career is the basis of my company. Coined the “Pillar System”, this training style essentially enhances an athlete by developing them in the areas of mindset, movement, nutrition, and recovery. When these four pillars are utilized synergistically, an athlete can truly express themselves through movement… which is the basis of all sport
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?
Well as the saying goes, when you work hard you have to play harder!! Lets build this itinerary shall we? With a week long trip we have to get the “tourist” spots out the way first. Monday we would hit the Turkey Leg Hut. This is because if you wait until the weekend you’re gonna be mad waiting in line for 5 hours while the line is wrapped around the building. Tuesday we would have to hit taco tuesday at PARMA, that spot get lit everyday it seems like. Wednesday we would have to hit up the galleria to shop and do obscure things like show them the greatest gas station on earth, Buckeys. Thursday through sunday is when things get interesting haha!. Thursday would be a good day to post up at 5015 for a great happy hour. Friday night the Grooves happy hour is an absolute movie and after that the best wings in the city are at Onyx nightclub…The view isn’t bad there either lmao. Saturday. Sunday you have to bring your big boy pants because this is Houston Sunday Funday! Brunch at KAMP is super nice and Chapman and Kirby is the place to see and be seen. Later that night Azuza after hours hookah is an absolute movie! Long story short you can’t go wrong in Houston!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost I would like to thank my parents for instilling purpose, true grit, and attention to detail. While it was annoying growing up, each lesson my parents taught me help me to make the proper choices as I go through life.
I would like to thank my mentors, Sajason Finley and Zac Woodfin, who gave me my start in strength and conditioning and really laid the foundation as to run a championship program.
Lastly I would like to thank Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc for helping me become the man I am today and to never stop achieving.
LeTony Hadnot Jr. Different Mind Designs