In the early seventies, a medical research scientist named Dr Bryn ‘Bro’ Walters was seen as the foremost expert in science and physical performance. A senior lecturer at Yale he was seen as the ‘man behind’ many of the sporting legends of the time. He was also a large part of the bodybuilding and physical culture that was taking off at that time. He advised silently many of the pro’s of that time in all manner of disciplines. Dr Walters revolutionised research fields at the time foregoing his lab coat often for gym gear and a bunch of interesting contraptions that cluttered weight rooms of major league baseball, college and golds gyms alike.
The results ‘bro’ formulated where intriguing to the gym going public and professionals alike.
He taught us the concept that lifting the heaviest weights you possibly can will lead to what is scientifically (bro science that is) referred to as ‘henchus maximus’.
Amongst his other findings, he found that technique and form during lifting where an often overrated and inexcusable thing to do. To put less weight on the bar was to speak in the words of the great man a ‘foolish’ act. Bro was revered in these gym and professional circles as not only did he own his own personal ‘arm blaster’ but he would be the ‘man’ with the answers, many would say he had marginally less willingness to listen than Chuck Norris had fear. He was a plethora of information that would spew relentlessly from his mouth between sets of squat rack arm blaster curls. One of his favourite exercise for loading his ‘guns’ before hitting the nightlife and collegiate bars.
This man had respect so people simply shut up and listened………
I could expand further on what ‘Bro’ brought to the table but most of it I’m pretty fed up of hearing if I’m honest.
As you’ve probably gathered……today I was a bit stuck for truly inspirational writing and decided to take a light-hearted look at something and a few lessons that can be learned.
My main point being is that knowledge is only powerful when you can validate it. I know for a fact many read the first part of this piece with ‘wow I didn’t know that’, others am sure and I hope realised pretty quick it was all fictitious.
Just lately and honestly if I recall I have always heard drivels of both supposed ‘professionals’ and just ‘bros’ in gyms giving out ridiculously bad information and people believing it. It’s been going on for years trust me. Many of us in this industry spend our time picking up the pieces caused by this ‘bro science’. It’s funny that stepping foot in a gym, having a bag full of all the equipment, doing a 72hr qualification via the internet instantly allows you to give out what would appear to be informed and educated information.
If your trainer or advisor cannot tell you ‘why’ you are doing something or even ‘how’ to do something you have GOT to question the validity of that advise. You could even save yourself a heap of time and money which is always a good thing.
If I had a penny for every time in my career someone has said ‘but my friend said……..’ I would have about £20 (facts you see). This, however, is too many times in my opinion (and it isn’t enough to make me a wealthy man). I’m in a fortunate stage of my career that most people know that my knowledge supersedes what their pal down the pub knows but I KNOW from experience early in your career you will contend with it.
Keep learning and keep on top of your information people. If you don’t know find out and explain that you will. Be honest with your clients and give them what you have to the best of your knowledge!!