Excerpt From 10/20/Life – THE Six Questions You HAVE To Ask Yourself About Your “GURU”!

By: Brian Carroll

“Numbers on the platform are cool, but who have these gurus trained under? Who have they coached that’s been successful? What’s their level of education, and what have they done? You should know all these answers if the guy whose training methods you’re following is supposed to be a legend in the industry. All too often, however, we find these guys’ bark is far worse than their bite. That, unfortunately, is what the strength industry has turned into.

When you’re looking for a coach, use Dave Tate’s list of questions. If you can’t answer one or more of them, or the answers you find aren’t good enough, move on:
1. What’s his/her educational background?
2. Who are his/her mentors?
3. Who has this person coached?
4. What has he/she done in this profession/sport?
5. Has this person been able to make people stronger than they were?
6. How good are they at what they preach?


When choosing a coach, numbers on the platform are a good measure, but longevity is key, too. You’ll notice me referring to lengthening your career and not being a one or two-meet wonder throughout this book. This means you want a coach who’s put up big numbers over time—and not just some flash in the pan who’s done it once or twice.

The great ones stay around for decades, not years. Those are the people you want coaching you.

As Lil Wayne says, “Players play, coaches coach, and cheerleaders cheer.”
Which one are you? Think about this. Is your mentor or coach someone who makes you want to be a leader yourself? Is this person making a positive difference in your life that compels you to want to excel instead of being average? Or, as is too often the case these days, is your mentor a style-over-substance guy who’s getting by on his cult of personality? You can’t have both, so choose wisely.”

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Brian Carroll

Brian is a world-class powerlifter with over two decades of elite and pro-level powerlifting under his belt. Coming back from a devastating back injury in 2012 that broke multiple bones and that most experts said he would never recover from, he has returned to the pinnacle of world-class lifting (while 100% pain and symptom-free) and is now dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made in the past through private and group coaching in Jacksonville, FL. Brian’s impressive recovery has given him the opportunity to teach and deliver talks to physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, professional strength & conditioning coaches and experts from all facets of sport, on how to avoid injury, while building anti-fragile strength and resilience in athletes.
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