You do you, and I’ll do me!

In the past few years, I’ve noticed a common theme emerging amongst many athletes and exercise enthusiasts. Day after day, more and more people seem to believe that they must follow a specific system EXACTLY as it is presented. Perhaps it is something they find in a book, DVD, website, or a combination of each. These people become so dedicated to a single training system that it isn’t uncommon for them to spend hours and hours defending their way of training.

Never before have I seen so many people care so much about what someone else wants to do with his or her time. There have been some truly epic (and nasty) discussions on even my own message board, where different folks spend all day arguing over different strokes.

I believe it was Mark Twain who said there is more than one way to skin a cat (meaning there is more than one way to get what you want).

Twain was clearly a wise man, yet why is it so difficult for some people to abide by his simple advice? Does it really bother you to see someone do things differently than you? Why spend so much time worrying about what or why someone else chooses to do what they want to do? Did it ever cross your mind that different people have different interests and opinions?

Fans of the old Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) movies will appreciate his quote below.

“Opinions are like assholes, everyone has got one” -Dirty Harry

Does anyone ever really win an online debate? How are online debates scored? Does the force with which you bang on your keyboard equate to effective aggressiveness? Does post count on a message board account for extra points on the scorecards? Or perhaps the number of 3+ syllable words included in a single response? Are style points added up for effective sarcasm?

Give me a break! I know WORLD champion fighters who couldn’t tell you the difference between periodization and a quadricep. They couldn’t win an online debate with an orangutan, but they could kick the asses of most who are much craftier behind the keyboard. They have better things to do than argue with someone who trains differently. Their sole concern is improving their own ability, using those methods that work best for them specifically (News Flash: what works for one may not work for another).

So, the next time you feel inclined to slug it out with your keyboard, why not simply worry more about yourself instead? Why not focus on REAL results in the competitive arena with real (not make believe) athletes?

When I’m working with a fighter, the only competitors that we are concerned with are those standing across the ring from us in the opposing corner. The athletes don’t bang it out on a message board. They don’t have time for such nonsense. Their fights are packed with real punches, real blood, and real pain.

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12 comments:

  1. Great post Ross! I couldn’t agree more. I was at the gym today doing a complex pair and I heard someone say ‘Pfft what does he think he’s doing?’. People really need to respect others in the gym that’s for sure. You don’t see me going around insulting that same guy for just doing nothing but bicep curls and bench press. That’s his way and I have mine. We really just need people to understand there are a lot of training options out there and not to worry about what other people are doing.

    If people worried more about themselves they may accomplish a lot more in training.

  2. not sure if I ever left a comment before, but this is once again a great opportunity for me to do so.
    I completely agree that it’s pointless arguing with someone else about how good or bad your own/their approach to training is. however, I think it’s about more than having a better way of training. I suppose it’s human nature to try to feel superior to others, and training is just one regard in which that can (supposedly) be accomplished. politics and economy would be great examples too for how people fight over one philosophy or another.
    still, I think that it is just fine to have an opinion about those issues. one should realize though that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and for most people (especially on message boards), I doubt that too many advantages will arise for them if they can convince others of their own approach (unless maybe you’re trying to sell something, in which case it’s called advertising), so why would you even bother.
    personally, I certainly do feel that some approaches to training/fitness are better than others, and of course I apply those methods, and if someone asks me about it, I gladly share my opinion. but I do prefer to spend my time differently than by participating in discussions on message boards.

  3. “I know WORLD champion fighters who couldn’t tell you the difference between periodization and a quadricep. They couldn’t win an online debate with an orangutan, ”

    LOL !!!!

  4. ” In the past few years, I’ve noticed a common theme emerging amongst many athletes and exercise enthusiasts. Day after day, more and more people seem to believe that they must follow a specific system EXACTLY as it is presented. Perhaps it is something they find in a book, DVD, website, or a combination of each. These people become so dedicated to a single training system that it isn’t uncommon for them to spend hours and hours defending their “way” of training. ”

    Hi Ross,
    I’m Emanuele, I’m writing from Italy. I’m a young sprinter (100m,200m and sometimes 400m).

    Regarding what I selected in the text, I can say you that sometimes, this kind of athletes (Who follow EXACTLY one only system) are often persons slaved to a “I-KNOW-EVERYTHING” Trainer. Usually this trainer doesn’t let them free to choose different ways about training. (Most of these Trainers probably know less than many others people, but maybe they had success using a specific system on an athlete, so they want to apply this one to everyone).
    And you know also that researching and trying different ways on different persons is more complex and difficult.
    (You said all these things in a better way than mine, in a good article, but I don’t remeber the title)

    However I’m trying new ways of training, after I saw your site and I can say that I’m having good impromevent.

  5. I could not say it better Ross.

    But i got to add something here.
    The one who things his way is the only and the best, he is the one who do something wrong.

    Cause you can achieve strength (max,explosive,endurance) in different ways.

    So like my man Ross stated: Don´t waste your time on the keyboard, spend it for your specific needs or train to get better.

  6. “What?

    I thought the Rosstraing system is: bust your ass in a smart way!?

    At least that is how I put it.”

    It is, but it’s busting your own ass in your own smart way

  7. Hey Ross!!! It’s your boy Chuck!!!

    Man the title to this blog sums this all up in one shot i need say no more. Your the man Ross!!!

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