Was I the only one to see the 2 greatest men in Strength training history standing together for probably the last time?
As a student of strength training for 30 years and obviously having seen the industry change many times, I am continually amazed at the way training is redefined, re-worded, researched ( if you call it that) and the words used to describe the same thing become bigger and bigger. Along with this comes more and more claims of these amazing new ways to get results. With younger and younger people, girls and athletes seems to be this year’s focus.
This summer I attended the NSCA convention in Las Vegas and WOW . It seems you have to have a Phd vocabulary to even give a presentation. Maybe I am getting old, well that is for sure, but I remember the days when the NSCA first started with a few strength coaches that talked this basic talk about how to get athletes bigger, stronger and faster with some basic words and lifts. They actually used words everyone could understand. Obviously the equipment was just as basic. Seems the results back then were just as good as now too.
What I see as the main change is the athletes that rise to the top are still the genetically gifted. There is just more of them entering the arena and more starting training at a younger age mostly due to sports around the world becoming more organized in towns and countries and athletes taking the training more seriously on the
What fired me up on for this blog was the reason I was in Las Vegas was Aleksander and I wanted to be with Tudor when he got a Life time achievement award from the NSCA and one of those strength coaches I talked about named Boyd Eply came up to Tudor and thanked him for “Periodization”. It was cool, the very first strength coach of the NSCA talks to the very first who gave the organizational system that still are present today. Funny thing is it’s all still based on what these two guys did.
Back to the reason for this blog. What both of these men had and brought to the industry was experience and results.
Hard facts and proven results. Not how large and scientific you’re the words you used were.