I listein to SOME podcasts.
I prefer to read. There are lot's of podcasts out there these days but I'd still rather have things down on paper. That is becuse, quite frankly, most people, if they don't have hours and hours to frame their thoughts, and instead have to speak them, they just ramble. Or mumble. Not to mention the really bad sound quality of many podcasts.
But StrengthCoach podcast I ENJOY listening to. The audio is clear and the speakers are clear.
This weeks podcast just got my mind whirling because Coach Boyle spoke about SO many things that are exactly the things that have been on mind in terms of the industry, etc. All the recent stuff I've been writing or posting about, was echoed by him in terms of the pro coach.
My perspective, of course, is for those of us who don't have a professional strength coach to train us. Nor do we want to invest money in an affordable but unproven trainer.
I'll bet you not many people understand that if I could hand the reigns to one or two of these coaches out there who I believe in and respect…I'd do it in a second. But even so, they would have to make me "believe" in what they were doing.
That's one of the first thing that Coach Boyle brought up. Anyone can "write" a program that looks good on paper. You have your internet guru who writes a new on every month. Hey guys, I've beta tested this and it worked great! (Yeah..they actually use the term beta testing…for ONE guy). Sure, me, you, this guy or that guy can write something that looks good on paper. But the secret is EXECUTING a program. Not writing one.
I remember a LONG argument with someone trying to tell me the Rippetoes starting strength was damn near perfect for everyone and there was never a need to change for the first few months. The funny thing is this person just refused to understand what a program is. A bunch of exercises, sets, and rep ranges, a plan for progression…that's a great starting point. But it's a static thing. YOU are NOT a static thing. To execute a program takes a dynamic involvement.
Not to toot my own horn but the people who believe in me, they do so for one of two reasons: 1. I turn out to be right in the long run, haha. or 2. I never stop thinking about their training and have no problem with changing something and saying "I thought better of this".
Coach Boyle said that a lot of people they don't want to ever change anything because they think the trainees will think they don't know what they're doing. It's funny. Why the hell am I down on certain segments of the industry? They NEVER change anything. Christ, would you trust a doctor who never changed his opinions as medical science advanced? Or who never even bothered to keep up with those advancements in the first place? I'll put my ability to learn and evolve over the ability of any dinosaur out there..and may the better man win (but I'll tear you apart ;)
Another thing that his comments brought to mind was the prevalence of the internet trainer dudes. It is really easy to criticize and get down on the personal trainer. Lord knows I've voiced my share of criticism and will continue to do so. But let's be QUITE clear on something. Out in the "real" world of personal training you have and hour at a time. Maybe only two or three hours a week in which to make the trainee believe in what you're doing. You don't have endless website pages and forum posts and GOOGLE to show all your "knowledge" and convince a bunch of hapless newbies you're a training God. Do you think a person in the real world cares that you can regurgitate shit from Science and Practice of Stength or something from Pubmed? Guess again.
There is a lot more pressure on the personal trainer or coach than there is on the distance trainer. That is not to say that distance training is easy. It is in fact very difficult in many ways. That is if you really care and have pride in what you're doing.
I've heard the criticism about personal trainers giving the same program to everyone. Guess what…so do many of the distance trainers. A lot of which is regurgitated verbatim from the one or two books they own. Or googletized stuff they read last month.
I'll continue this later.
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