24 May Follow-up: Frauds, And Masquerading Weak Gurus: VIDEO
By: Brian Carroll
As I’ve written about at great length a few times in previous articles, there are so many strength training programs and gurus to follow with people pulling you in so many different directions. Overnight it seems every other coach who touches a barbell became an expert on strength.
Anyone and everyone with a powerlifting total (some only a subtotal) are putting out ebooks, tips and content, videos on ‘how to’ as well as other things they have no business doing. Why do they have no business doing this? WATCH THEM!! They are obviously clueless!
A powerlifting coach is known by the quality of lifters he or she has produced, made BETTER, stronger and the amount in the sum of what he or she has accomplished on the platform.
WATCHING SOME OF THE GURUS ABOVE IS LIKE….
I’m probably the world’s worst handyman. My wife would attest to that 100%, Trust me. It’s painfully obvious that I am terrible at it, even if I do happen to get lucky and actually fix 1/10 of the things I blindly and accidentally fix while I have the number for “Rent-a-Husband” in my cell phone favorites in case my average handyman skills fail me.
The last thing I’m qualified to do is advise others on how to fix shit. Obviously my knowledge is lacking on the subject as I suck at it, horribly. So, with that said: how the f**k am I supposed to pass on knowledge and practical application on a subject that I am obviously clueless about, and far from an authority in any way shape or form?
You know the answer to that, I am not qualified. Sure I can fix a switch, but I can’t wire a house. Sure some social networking guru can get you a little stronger, but can he do it for years on end and keep you healthy with a comprehensive plan that gets you there?
Just as you wouldn’t find me in the phone book under Carroll Electrical, you also would know my success with my own numbers, my years under the bar, my experience with elite and pro lifters, the pedigree of coaches who I have worked with and the amount of time I spent perfecting my craft to be the best I can be.
Rant over. Back to the questions from the post the other day:
When you’re looking for a coach, just 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?
These simple questions are hammered home for a reason in 10/20/Life, you can apply them to any coach you hire for any goal you have in strength. Those questions never change. Regardless if a coach is all over social media with thousands of minions following his every word; personality and followers do not make a person a good coach.
Results make a person a good coach.
Do you want results or do you want to look cool tagging your social networking hero in a video so he can like it on Facebook?
HERE, I ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS: