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3/5/2012 9:13:01 AM -
Reason #5 Why Your Internet Fitness "Guru" is Full of S--t

I've been very fortunate over the years to get involved with some very influential people in the fitness/strength training industry. When I first started coaching high school football years ago, I trained (just like everyone else), but I really only had a vague idea of what I was supposed to be doing with the kids -- relying mainly on the "This is what I used to do" school of thought, which ended up in shitloads of really bad hang cleans. Since I got in on this whole internet fitness deal early (we're talking about the end of the 90's here), I caught a lot of really high-quality guys while they were still just starting out -- as opposed to befriending them long past the point where they're completely swamped with requests for information. In other words, because of my interest in helping my team (and helping my own training), I've had a lot of lucky breaks, and I've met a lot of great people.

The flip side of this is that it's given me a rather unique vantage point on the fitness industry -- as someone who has coached real athletes, who's trained regular people, and who trains myself. I had someone piss me off recently (shocker), so I decided in the shower this morning that I'm going to spend certain weeks writing log posts dedicated to the shit that bothers me -- and my target this week is the almighty Internet Fitness Guru. With that said...


If you read the bios on some of these guys' websites, they usually read the same way. The guy was skinny all through high school and couldn't put weight on, and as a result, he didn't play any sports because he was always getting cut. Okay, you discovered lifting weights and eating a lot at some point, and you got bigger, so you decided to go to college and major in exercise science because you found your life's calling. That's fine. Happens to a lot of guys. Nothing wrong with that.

After that, they work as trainers, hook up with some big names in the industry, get mentored, etc, etc. Eventually they discover quality internet sites like EliteFTS and start getting some really good information. Also good, and we can't fault anyone for that.

After a few years, they start a website with a blog offering advice. Also good, because chances are they're repeating stuff they've heard from people who know what they're doing.

Here's the part I don't understand. A lot of these guys (and I'm referring to the "I never played a sport" crowd, and not guys who've had legitimate issues) will talk about all their "injuries" and point to how they can't train heavily anymore because they f-ed up their shoulders, etc, etc. It's a common theme with certain guys. They'll piss and moan about how they can't do certain exercises because of all their back and shoulder problems, and then they'll write shitloads of material about how the exercises they can't do are "dead," and you shouldn't be doing them anyway.

My question is this: If you never played a contact sport beyond junior high, how the f--k are you getting hurt all the time? Is it from training? Because if it is, why the hell would I want to take training advice from some dude who's constantly hurting himself? Jason Pegg got his f-ing arm blown off in Afghanistan and he benches significantly more than some of the guys I have in mind, so what's their excuse?

The takeaway is this. There's a lot of good information out there, but if the trainers and coaches you're listening to are constantly bitching about their own "injuries," you need to take a good, hard look at whether they know what the f--k they're doing, or whether they're just another full of shit fitness guy. And as my friend Jesse Burdick said last night, "There's a big difference between getting hurt and getting injured. Guys who never played a sport don't understand that at all."

Reason #4 coming tomorrow.

Angry Coach

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