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.
As for the RossTraining system, there is no such thing and never will be. Take a look at the link below for more information: