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.
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.
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.