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9/9/2012 9:16:37 PM -
Big Win + Fitnessssssss


Big win for us this weekend, so I’m happy. The game went exactly how we figured it was going to go. They gave us a decent first quarter, and then we wore them down and won by 28. I was good with our performance and can’t really criticize much in terms of either our preparation or effort. This may actually be the first postgame EliteFTS entry in quite a while where I’m not going off on something one of the kids did to f**k us, but nothing like that happened this weekend. It was a very nice effort, and our players deserve to be proud of themselves. Great job, guys.

Next up for us is another non-league game against a slightly better opponent, followed by our most important stretch of the season: back-to-back games against the two teams we’re going to have to beat if we want a championship this year. It kind of sucks when your biggest two week stretch of the season happens this early, but we’ll deal with it. The key is peaking for the playoffs, and that’s still the message.

And today, for all you high school coaches who know what I’m talking about, I did the Sunday internet stat search over coffee – checking out all the college boxscores to see how my kids did on the next level. That’s actually my favorite hour or so of the week. To me, there’s absolutely nothing better. For the ones we’re neither training nor coaching anymore, they’ve moved on, but we’re still part of each other’s lives, and we can sit back and appreciate the role we played in their careers, and root for them like fans.


I guess this is probably some kind of character flaw, but I’m still thinking about “fitness” and some of the bullshit I’ve seen and heard in this industry. Tonight, I was reminded of a conversation I had about a year ago with a guy who, as I’ve come to discover, really just doesn’t get it. The background of it is this:

Last year, I was checking out the website of a well-known fitness guy, and I saw, on his bio, that he was making a fairly absurd claim about his own athletic background and ability. I’m not going to get into specifics here, because that would give it away and I don’t have a problem with this guy otherwise, but he was claiming to have done something that was actually insulting to people who’ve actually done it for real, i.e., he’s trying to tell us that after “dabbling” in something for a few years, he’d reached a level in it that has taken better known athletes at least a decade or more to accomplish.

The irony here is that this guy doesn’t need to do this sort of thing. He’s actually one of the guys I respect in this industry, and he’s completely legit. This confused me, so I mentioned something to the aforementioned clueless guy I know. His response was rather odd:

“He has to say stuff like that for business reasons,” said the clueless guy. “It’s for his clients.”

So, if this guy’s reasoning is to be understood correctly, he believes people in the fitness industry are supposed to blatantly lie on their websites and make bullshit claims in order to attract clients – and that this is standard business practice. I’m not naïve enough to have been “shocked” by this crap, but this response was telling – that a guy who’s never trained a client, but who was (and is) desperately trying to break into the fitness industry thinks it’s acceptable (and even necessary) to lie about your own accomplishments in order to get clients and make money in this business.

And yes, this conversation actually happened. It made me sad for this industry, and sad for all the people out there looking for legitimate help – only to be led to this whole collection of jerkoffs out there who simply don’t get it when it comes to having integrity.

Same old story,
Angry Coach

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