I don't blame the "people" I blame the insecure and/or egotistical facets of this industry that has supplanted "stength" with competition. If you are a competitor, you have a set of "core" lifts. I.E. O lifter or powerlifter.
What has happend is the typical extreme. On one hand you have the fluffy and chrome laden end of strength and fitness. This is a highly commercialized facet that basically "markets" any and all aspects of training and turns things like bosu balls into "core training".
Then you have "elite" faction of the industry who are involved in the actual competitive arena. Not satisfied and being competitive at their chosen venue, they have to set themselves up as the "final word" on strength. The idea being it's either them, "the real deal" or all the sissy personal trainers out there counting reps on bosu balls. There is no middle road.
If you can't back squat X time your body weight, you are not "strong". If you can't deadlift or bench press a certain amount, likewise. Nevermind that many of these "experts" couldn't train ANY other athlete in need of strength and conditionining for their sport.
Am I saying that these movments are not great tests of strength? Of course not. What I am saying that what "strength" means to each individual is at least somewhat subjective. It is easy to rule out MANY silly practices that have little to no contribution to the quest for strength. But what I object to is is the idea that it is simple to NARROW it down to just a "handful" of things.
Rippetoe, for one, tells (the general public) that "they're are only a handful" of useful movmements. Course, one has to wonder, then, why he is in bed with crossfit. But hey..if you want to look like some old elementary gym teacher when your that age and spend more time watching football and drinking beer than opening your mind to what is happening in the strength training world..then listen to Ripp…or others like him.
I appreciate the guys who are "in the trenches" of strength. Who ARE actual competitors. But who have the common sense to realize that what applies to them as competitors in LIFTING, doesn't apply to every one and their needs and goals. And I'm sorry if this pisses anyone off with the whole "I can only speak for myself". I really don't give a shit anymore to try and placate everyone. Some of us ARE able to go beyond "ourselves" and help others in a wider context. There is not much I advise that I haven't experienced or experimented with anyway. Because I am not stuck in this closed mindset of "i would never do this or that".