This oughtta piss some people off 🙂
I am a student first, teacher second. My primary goal is to learn more and more so I can pass on the knowledge to those who want to learn.
Still, I receive some funny e mails from people who claim to be "experts" because they were using stones, or sandbags and kettlebells before anyone else was.
I must laugh at this egotistical behavior, but it's also why we have a rule at The Underground web site: No Assholes, No Egos.
Some people feel the odd need to claim their right as being first to have used something or done something first. Truth be told, these tools have been used for countless centuries. Maybe the Kettlebells have not been around for centuries, but stone lifting is common place in many countries, so when people say they did this first, I must be getting e mails from humans that roamed the earth slightly after the Dinosaurs.
The fact is this, what we do today has been done before, the methods of program design have certainly advanced greatly, which is a big reason we are getting phenomenal results with our athletes.
Sure, it's easy to squat, press and row all the training tools we have available, but, designing programs which train other optimally is where the magic comes into play.
The gurus who feel the need to claim to be the first of the first have already lost, because they are no longer students, they feel they know it all already. Good for them.
The ironic thing is, these gurus tend to talk about what they used to do or they simply hide behind the keyboard and type endlessly on negative forums.
Beware of these gurus, they'll try to bring you donw with them, not a pretty place to go.
As I continue to learn I'll pass on my knowledge. Just like great books that are meant for passing on as opposed to sitting on shelves, great knowledge should be passed on. Then again, if you know it all, feel free to pass.
Dedicated to your success,
Zach Even - Esh
P.S. - The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can not are both right.