My workouts have been going VERY good lately and after this past weekend's seminar at my gym with Mark Bell and Jesse Burdick, I have a gained a MUCH greater amount of knowledge AND respect for powerlifting and straight up getting stronger and more explosive.
I have many more videos to share regarding last weekend's powerlifting seminar so hang tight for these 🙂
The seminar seriously blew me away and I am still shocked at how many coaches and lifters didn't want to invest their time or money to learn. From a Coaching and Business stand point, it is a stark reminder to me that too many people believe they KNOW enough, and not enough are in Learning mode.
Those who keep learning, keep climbing to the top. Those who "know it all" will hit a wall with their success both in training and business.
The amount of knowledge I gained during my first 3 hours of that seminar was awe inspiring. Jesse Burdick coached me and a crew through speed squats and then some heavy deadlifts during our first workout.
EVERYONE was hitting PRs left and right, either in strength, speed or BOTH. Having a Coach not only educates you to be better, but it also inspires you to be better.
I ALWAYS invest in Coaches for myself. Be it training or business. I do this because it pushes me to grow. I don't view coaching as an expense, I view it as an investment and having an abundance mindset is THE KEY.
See in the Video Below....
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After logging a TON of hours (tens of thousands of hours) training since 1989, I NEVER felt like I knew it all or knew enough about training, I was ALWAYS hunting for more and better info for myself and my athletes.
When Jesse and Mark spoke about training, injuries, life, motivation, etc I listened to them as if I was a rank beginner, and, compared to their knowledge, I was!
I asked over 50 questions on the first day. I couldn't learn enough.
Ironically, I contacted a good 30 or 40 coaches throughout NJ, NYC and Pa regarding this seminar and NONE of them even replied to my e mails. I wish I didn't care, but I ALWAYS question why people are satisfied with "good enough".
I realized how people in general don't want to sound pushy or arrogant, but the bottom line is that as a country, we are NOT getting stronger. Athletic coaches get fired for working athletes "too hard" yet the coaches who year after year in the high school have a losing record keep their jobs? I am confused.
I find it strange and somewhat annoying that Strength Coaches are not interested in learning how to become stronger from 2 world class coaches? Something about Strength Coaches not wanting to learn from two experts regarding strength, speed / power and training methods confuses me.
After all, if you're a Strength Coach, Strength should be respected, right?
I get pissed when I see people NOT respecting strength, experts of strength or the tools of strength.
Strength Coaches should know and study from men like Ed Coan, Louie Simmons, Kirk Kaworski, Bill Seno, Mark Bell, Marty Gallagher, etc. Educating yourself on training is similar to the approach you take towards training in general - consistency. You train regularly, you should also learn regularly.
You can learn TONS from watching video footage of people training: olympic lifters, powerlifters, etc. What can you learn from this video of Ed Coan, below? TONS. What about the inspiration that comes from this video?? TONS!!!
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I can learn from any source: books, videos, seminars, phone conversations, e mails, etc. If you're serious about breaking records and gaining strength then you should find a way to learn like this as well.
It's time for strength to gain it's respect once again. If you're considering yourself a Strength Coach then you need to learn how to become strong and explosive. Period.
All this lack of respect began in the mid 90s, when fitness came onto the scene. Soon, there were skinny guys on magazines who weighed 140 lbs sporting abs. Somewhere along the way being weak with 6 pack abs became the "In" thing for a large crew of people.
Hardcore gym owners somehow lost their brains and shut down their gyms thinking hardcore was over, BUT, they were WRONG.
Hardcore strength addicts had nowhere to go, I was 18 or 19 years old when this happened, and I was left to find my own community because I felt alone and like odd ball out inside of a gym packed with people who looked at you strange because I was constantly chasing MORE strength and MORE muscle. Those who left either stopped training altogether or they built garage and basement gyms.
Heavy barbells and dumbbells, power racks for squats, benching and deadlifts. Dip stands and pull up bars. NOTHING fancy, just a burning desire to get strong as hell and jacked!
I'm sure the resourceful guys went to scrap yards to pick up anvils, used free weights and car axles for deadlifting with tires on each end.
If you respect strength, I'm proud of you! I'm disappointed in myself for being disappointed at the "Strength Fitness Coaches" for not even attempting to learn about strength. This seminar blew my mind and motivated the heck out of me!!
Now it's time to pass on the great info to my athletes and Undergrounders around the world.
More videos to come, just wait and see!
Please leave your comments below, looking forward!
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