I haven’t had a little rant for a while….so I’ll make this a quick lunch break rant.
Ian said this in response to something I’d posted:
Yep – I’m over the week after next.
What’s with Irish coaches not visiting you in Dublin Will? It reminds me of the comments Alwyn Cosgrove has made about his staff attending presentations in Santa Clarita, CA, where he is based, with no attendance by his competition. I’m not even a coach or trainer but I figure spending time in the company of someone with 20 years coaching experience will advance my training.
I just have to say this because it is one of those things that cracks me up both in my day to day working life and on the internet.
Strength and Conditioning, Sports Training, Physical Fitness, Team Training…everyone thinks they have all the answers…they not only think that they understand the ‘area’ the funniest bit is that they think they are good at it….when any actual analysis of the results of their work would have you realise that they are obviously suffering a psychotic break. I’m talking about sports trainers, coaches, personal trainers, athletes as well as recreational gym goers….hell you can lump in sports fans and sports administrators as well. The majority of these people are so deluded that they are beyond help. I could give you thousands of examples because I collect 10 new examples every single day. I just realised I could go on about this subject for days…I won’t inflict that on you though…let me be really specific here and deal with Ian’s post and the reference to Alwyn’s statement. I visit A LOT of gyms and I go to A LOT of training courses and seminars. I go to them here in Ireland as well as overseas. I consult with A LOT of other coaches…the reason I do this is because 1. I know what I’m good at. 2. More importantly I know what I’m not good at. 3. I realise that the majority of people in the industry don’t do these things and that the majority of the people in the industry are completely idiotic hence doing the opposite of everyone else it must be the right and best thing to do.
I was trying to explain to a 20 year old athlete the other day who was contradicting me and giving me the benefit of his years of experience in training with regard to one of his fellow athletes….I basically explained the following:
1. I get paid to do my job…he doesn’t even have a job.
2. As an athlete I coached myself to an elite level and competed internationally…he hasn’t.
3. As a coach I’ve gotten A LOT of athletes to elite level and to international competition in A LOT of different sports in A LOT of different countries…he hasn’t.
4. He’s been actually training seriously for just over 2 years…the total size of his data pool with regard to training experience is just that…I have just over 200 athletes that I currently train…it’s been as high as 380 and hasn’t been less that 100 over the past 10 years…so even if we were to be ultra conservative and to completely ignore the 10 years prior to that our respective data pools of experience are currently 2 years versus 1000+ years….and that he should spend more time trying to catch up.
5. I tried to explain that he’s an idiot because like most people he thinks what has worked for him will work for everyone and that this was the single biggest mistake that all sports trainers, coaches, personal trainers, athletes, recreational gym goers, sports fans and sports administrators make so that while he was an idiot he certainly was not alone there…that all these people like him believe sports performance comes down to a formula…that 1+1= Results or a recipe and that is just a matter of adding the ingredients…these are the same morons that do Arnold’s program because they want to be huge, that follow Lance Armstrong’s training program and think that they’ll win Le Tour…it’s just idiotic.
6. His eyes were welling up at this stage so I thought…I’ve gone this far…I might as well finish him off.
7. I was explaining that although I did maths at school, that I read The Economist, can read the Irish Tax Legislation and use a calculator that I get an accountant to do my taxes for me…I pay a professional to do the job. I don’t ask for advice from friends, I don’t get some guy in the newsagents who also reads The Economist to do them for me because that would be stupid.
If you don’t GET what I’m getting at…you my friend are a part of the majority and it is likely to stay that way.