Sunday, March 15, 2015


Everybody knows the "It is not the critic who counts..." from TR. But damn, if you read it through, it is damn good. Here ya go:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

Its true, so true. Even announcers who never played should not be allowed to comment. Be mute if you have never played a down in your life. If you have never strapped up and heard the cheers and crushed someones soul and had yours crushed and gotten up and done it all over again and again, do not say a word. 

Try this-Take a step out of your comfort zone, get on the platform, and compete, and don't fake it and bomb because of the pressure. Do it all the way. And long as the weight is respectable, you can give an opinion. And only if you are stronger that the one's who you are dissecting.

You critiquing an 800 pound squatter? Know that 800 is a lot different than the 405 that you squat. I don't give Kirk Karwoski advice and I would never critique one thing that he does program-wise. Why? Because he is stronger than me. And strength trumps it all.....and to get that strong and thick, his program must have worked and he did just the basics. You can't critique the basics. And he was as thick as anybody else, so those 1-2 assistance exercises worked well. So much for a bunch of bioscience demanding squeezing and light weight. Rather be more intense and be done in 30 than take 60 and go through the motions. 

Football, boxing , mma, stuff like that-hell, coaching! Coaching especially! I love when people criticize strength coaches,  especially personal trainers. If you are a strength coach at a college, you train hundreds of athlete's a week.You think that is learning at an advanced speed? You want to know how to program? Ask someone who does it all day long. 

And how about criticizing Saban or Meyer? Haha. Joke. Walk in their shoes. Just watch the game and be thankful that those guys are there and that you live through them.

That is a weird, common thing these days. Not a thing, rather a trend. Everybody criticizing, sitting back, writing comments, hiding behind the computer. That is this day and age, the way that all the cowards have a turn. The real Strong and the Heroes step out and step up.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.