I was wondering if you would be kind enough to share some quick thoughts on a few of the ways that you approach continuing education. You’ve achieved so much, and yet you are relentless in your passionate pursuit of ways to consistently improve and refine your methods.
With all the offerings out there (seminars, webinars, peer-reviewed journals, personal contact with other coaches, information products, etc.), are there any particular ways that you go about sifting through it all? You clearly have a knack for molding theory with real-world practice, and the results you and your athletes achieve speak for themselves.
I’ll close by just stating what a deep respect I have for your work ethic and love of the iron game. You definitely inspire me to never be satisfied with where I am at and to keep on looking for ways to get better and better, so thank you for that.[/quote]
I don’t think that I can give you a satisfactory answer on this one. I do not have a special method or even any tricks! I’m simply passionate about training, I love it. Because of that I have a deep need to read as much as I can on any subject even remotely associated with building muscle and strength.
The one thing that I have going for me is that I have no preset system or dogma I believe in. Most people have their core beliefs (e.g. total body training, athletic strength training, functional training, crossfit, etc.) and if something even remotely goes against their core beliefs, they dismiss it as a whole even though there might be a lot ot learn from that stuff.
I try to approach everything I read or learn from a clean slate so to avoid being hurt by some pre-conceived ideas.
I’m also very well aware that the next thing I read my actually be the text that will forever change my views on training: most coaches or gym rats want to be comforted in their beliefs, I want to be challenged!