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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Two Things Every Teacher Should Be Willing To Say

"I don't know."

"I was wrong."

No one knows everything, on any subject. If you think you have it all figured out, you're done learning, and your teaching will be limited at best.

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone changes their views. If you still agree with everything you believed five or ten years ago, you might not be pushing the boundaries of your knowledge very far.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ross Enamait Affiliation

I have been a huge fan of Ross Enamait's for years, ever since a fellow trainer at Sityodtong recommended Infinite Intensity to me. I've bought just about every product he's put out since then, and I've never been disappointed.

Ross's material is top notch, and ridiculously cheap for the content you get. I've seen stuff from bigger names in the fitness industry that cost twice as much as Ross's, with about a quarter of the content.

On top of that, Ross just seems to be a genuinely good person. I've only interacted with him online, but he's always shown himself to be a genuine, hardworking, no bullshit kind of person. His blog is one I read every time it pops up, and it's filled with enough information to give you years of training alone.

Recently, Ross opened up an affiliation program, allowing people who link back to his products to earn a percentage of the sales as a commission. I jumped on board, because, well, these are products I believe in.

If you haven't before, I highly suggest you check out this material. If my opinion influences you to buy something, consider doing so through the links in this post, or in the product page on this site. Most of all though, I'd encourage you to check out the material because it is good material.

Ross's Store.

Infinite Intensity: The first book of Ross's I ever got. Absolutely fantastic resource.
Never Gymless: Review here.
Full Throttle Conditioning: Short but sweet resource if you need to get some serious conditioning in.
Jump Rope Conditioning for Athletes: Still working my way through this one, but so far, it's been excellent. Does what it says on the tin.

(Side note: Apparently, I need to do some more reviews of some of this material. I thought I had done so.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Warriors

Cliff Byerly, BTS's lead MIL/LEO trainer, got me thinking about this (again).

The word warrior gets thrown around a lot. It's used for people who actually go fight wars. It's also sometimes used for people who fight in cages, rings, or on mats. Sometimes it's used for people who run long races, or races with a lot of mud involved, or long races with a lot of mud involved. Occasionally, it is used for people who are dealing with financial struggles or other hardships of life.

I have mixed feelings about all of this. The English teacher/writer/editor part of my brain recognizes that language evolves and changes, and that the way people use words is something outside of our control. (This is why I always look askance at people who complain about dictionaries "changing the definition of words", for the record. Dictionaries don't change the meaning, they record the change that was already made.)

So, if, as a culture, we've decided to turn the word warrior into shorthand for "person who persevered through a difficult time", I guess that's what we've done.

But I really dislike it. For a couple of reasons.

One, I think it cheapens the word. Warriors engage in warfare, and that is a scary and impressive thing. In the United States, it's more impressive to me because it's a voluntary profession. Our warriors choose to become warriors. You can agree or disagree with the politics, or the people who start the wars, but the ones who sign on the dotted line to go fight? They deserve some serious respect for that choice.

But on the flip side (and this is the other reason it bugs me): being a warrior is not the only noble profession in life. I have never been a warrior (choices of youth, somewhat regretted). I have been a teacher, a coach, a student, and a bunch of other things besides. I have been privileged not only to know some real warriors, but some amazing people in a number of other professions.

Trying to make everyone into a warrior not only cheapens the word warrior, it cheapens everything else. A great fighter is a great fighter. Not a warrior, but a fighter. Doesn't make him (or her) any less tough, it just means they do a different job. A great teacher is not a warrior either, but it hardly makes them less important.

Society relies on all professions to keep it going. We should be impressed by all of them, not trying to steal titles from each other.