Standing on the Backs of Giants; Recycled Ideas and Concepts


How often do you hear about the “latest, innovative training methods”? I am sure it is pretty often. There are hype marketers all throughout the industry, pushing replayed and recycled ideas as their own “new” methods.

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At the end of the day, there are almost no new ideas. If people are claiming to have some new program or method, proceed with caution.


New ideas are essentially building on old ideas and making them better. It is like standing on the backs of those who came before you…..and that is not always a bad thing. Without previous information and knowledge, you would have to start from scratch. This would slow the development of advances in knowledge and technology tremendously.


What we should do instead is show humility and acknowledgement of our predecessors. Some of the best in our industry do a great job of this. This is how you earn respect (not by pretending you are the all-knowing expert).


Many ideas can be new to you (they could be entirely new; I am not trying to say that there are absolutely no new concepts). This does not mean they have no value or basis. You should definitely pursue ideas that are new to you. This can lead to new developments and advances that might not have otherwise been possible.


Also, do not completely discredit people who have a different way of thinking than you. This is a common error I see in the divided landscape of fitness, training, etc. There is a hatred for people who do not train in the same way. There is always something that can be learned from other methods.


You do not have to agree with everything people say. But you can take parts of their message and find ways that you can use that information to make you better. Everyone has an angle and a bias, so you have to sift through that to find the useful information.

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With that, remember to always keep learning and keep testing.


It is fair to say that many in our industry believe everything the “so-called” experts have to say. While there are others who are complete skeptics and believe very little that anyone says. I think we have to be able to find the middle ground here.


In short, just remember that just because something sounds good, it doesn’t mean it always is. Just because something sounds like it will work, doesn’t mean it always will. It is up to you to learn the difference. Do your homework.


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What’s Worth Reading – Best Strength and Fitness Articles, Videos, etc. : Week 4

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Welcome to Week 4 of What’s Worth Reading!

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Here is what I have written lately:

Overcome Adversity and Be Great


Here are the articles I have checked out this week. By Mark Watts

This is a solid overview of what the displaced Strength Coach has in store after his/her career as a Collegiate Coach has taken a pause or come to a close. His list is thorough and covers the pros/cons of each option. I know it can be tough, as many jobs outside of the Collegiate setting have an emphasis on sales, and training is an afterthought. This can be painful for many coaches to process, and it can force many former coaches into other careers. By Mike Tuchscherer

Mike always brings great perspective to the table. This article is a great example of looking inward and seeing what we can do and have done to put ourselves in the position we are in. If we did not sleep enough, strength doesn’t care. It was our responsibility to handle the little things like sleep, nutrition, etc.

This is an incredibly interesting site from top-to-bottom. It is loaded with lots of great articles and information. I stumbled across it this week and noticed Cal Dietz had written for it (it might be his site for all I know). He is a great coach, so I thought it was worth a look. Take the time to scour through all of the tools, drill sheets, workout sheets, etc. and you will have a lot to do!


Here are the videos I recommend this week.

In this video, the great Ed Coan answers some questions. I think the points about staying tall and keeping your head and chest up to avoid letting your hips pop up. It is also interesting, as he shows his method of wrapping knees.



This is a true gem! Legends Steve Goggins and Ed Coan discuss the methods they used to lead them through their careers. They discuss periodization, accessories, recovery, and many other things that have contributed to their success. If you want to learn from great lifters, this is a good place to start.


That’s it for this edition of What’s Worth Reading!


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Overcome Adversity and Be Great

Why are there so many moderately good lifters, but few great? Even though many of the moderate level lifters may be more genetically gifted.   There are many factors at work, of course. But, a major variable is how they handle and overcome adversity. Everyone who trains to be the best will run into hard […]

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What’s Worth Reading – Best Strength and Fitness Articles, Videos, etc. : Week 3

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Welcome to the 3rd Week of What’s Worth Reading. Check out what I’ve been up to below. Here are some articles I have written or been included in this week:   Here are the strength and fitness articles I have been reading this week:   Listen, if you have never read […]

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What’s Worth Reading – Best Strength and Fitness Articles, Videos, etc. : Week 2

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Here is the week 2 edition of What’s Worth Reading. I have added a new article this week. Find it here:   Also, there have been a lot of good articles and videos I have seen lately, check them out below.   Articles by Eric Cressey   This is a very interesting article giving […]

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Why Your Training Plan is Worthless

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How many times have you seen a program or training plan that was just perfectly written, but the person at the wheel just never kept the programs on course? It happens all the time in both training and nutrition. The training plan you write is practically worthless on its own. The same can be said […]

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What’s Worth Reading – Best Strength and Fitness Articles, Videos, etc. : Week 1

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In an effort to save you the effort, I am adding this resource of some good information I have ran across recently. Check it out, as I will try to add new info weekly.   Also, I have posted a few articles recently. If you want to check them out, you can do that below.   […]

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Challenge Yourself : How To Make the Exercises You Already Do Harder


We are creatures of habit.   When most people go to the gym, it is either the same monotonous routine, or a completely random assortment of exercises (a habit in itself). I am not saying that there should be constant change, but there is incredible value in spicing things up occasionally to increase the energy […]

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Don’t Be Weak-Simple Fixes to Make Progress and Take Your Training to the Next Level

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Do you want to be weak? Small? All while training regularly?   Yeah. Me either. So why do so many people do it?   There are so many lies out there about training. Hype marketing everywhere you turn. Even with the good training information, you might be lumping it all together or just doing too […]

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Ask the Experts Volume 2 – Neglected Muscle Groups and Training Tools

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In the Second Edition of Ask the Experts, I asked another group of highly respected experts their thoughts on some common and important questions I hear across the industry.       The questions are: What do you consider the most neglected exercises and/or muscle groups?   AND   What is one training tool you […]

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