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4/12/2013 3:32:40 PM -
Stick to what you know

Here’s another thing I’ve been thinking about lately with regard to the fitness industry. I think that in order to not by hypocrites, and to not pump out erroneous information that sucks, people should stick to what they know, and leave other areas of the industry to the people who know them.

This always pops into my head around Combine and pro day time, where it seems like it’s open season for football training commentary from people who have no idea what they’re talking about.

As an aside, I’d like, one day, to see one of these fitness gurus tell people how to get in shape for spring practice, or for mini-camps, or offer some tips on individual position drills. We all know how that would go.

A while back, my mom hurt her shoulder trying to start a lawn mower—don’t ask...I told her to wait. When she recovered, she asked me to “put her on a program” to help her get back in some semblance of shape and keep rehabbing her shoulder. I told her I had no idea how to do that, and I didn’t even want to try—although I knew who to refer her to.

Why? Because I’m a f-ing high school football coach, not someone who gets regular people in shape. I wouldn’t know the first thing about how to do that. If my mom wanted to improve her get-off out of a 2 technique, or she wanted to get more distance on her throws, or she wanted to get into the line faster or break to the ball with more explosiveness and gain more ground, I could help her out a lot. Other than that, no clue.

I don’t care about regular populations. I don’t give a shit about “infantile movement patterns,” or vegans (unless they play for me, at which point I’ll shove grass-fed beef down their throats during the season), or jungle gyms, or Zumba, or P90X, or people who fear being judged. Not my problem. I work with high school and college football players to make them better at their sport, and I’ve gotten fairly proficient at it.

This is why (and I’ll go back to this example again) when I see some dude who never played the sport, never coached the sport, and doesn’t train anyone who plays it say that bench pressing isn’t necessary for football players, I have to question the advice. Not because it doesn’t have any merit (I don’t think it all), but because he didn’t have the necessary foundation of knowledge and experience to be offering it. What he did have, however, was a big soapbox, and legions of people who, because he was a “name” in the industry, gave weight to this weird advice.

Again, I’m talking about the 16 year old kid for whom this does absolutely no good at all, and that’s the part I don’t like. When you take that kid, and you give him shitty information just because you want to be controversial and trendy, that’s not cutting-edge information. All that is, is irresponsible.

Sorry if it seems like I’ve been complaining about everything lately. I drifted away from this crap for a while—meaning, I wasn’t really paying attention to the industry as a whole—so when I went back and checked out what people were doing, and what was being written about, I immediately realized why I stopped reading general fitness guys’ websites in the first place.

Angry Coach

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