Lessons from The Strength Coach Podcast

Jun 22, 2022

Dear Mike, Anthony and the StrengthCoach gang,

I recently finished all of the podcasts and wanted to say thank you and share some of the the main takeaways from your incredible resource.

I'm an acupuncturist and massage therapist with 13 years experience mainly in pain management. Once the pain was dealt with, patients would always ask, "when can I go back and play...?" or "what exercises can I do to...?".  I didn't know how to answer those questions very well so I became a personal trainer a little over 3 years ago and have been gobbling up information ever since.

Your Strength Coach Podcast was invaluable.

So, here goes:

1) Become a CNP (Certified Nice Person): of course and love this. Who wants to pay to be around a jerk?

2) Principles are few but the methods are many: it's so easy to get caught up in what's exciting but wise to "start with the why" and stick with the basics.

3) KISS: Keep It Simple- totally.

4) Don't put fitness on top of dysfunction. I love this from Gray and the FMS folks and use this principle often. I also appreciate the mindset that you have to earn the progressions in action not just because you paid for it.

5) Can't do everything by yourself: having a network is indispensable. Nobody can help everybody all of the time.

6) External cues over internal cues: this has been fun to use and totally valuable. One of my favorites is instead of saying, "squeeze your butt" I use, "pretend you have a penny between your cheeks and you don't want to drop it".

7) Correctives are a side dish, not the main course: getting strong is the point. I fell into this trap from my pain management days.

8) Learn the box first before going outside: so true. I also teach at the local Chinese Medicine College and there always seems to be a temptation by students to "do there own thing" or "follow what somebody I know does" instead of hunkering down and learning the basics first.

9) Books, Books, Books: I've done more reading from your book list than any other recently and have always learned something of value. Talk like Ted being the most recent.

10) Movement over muscle: One of the main principles I use is to start with the movement first knowing that the muscle will follow.

And so this is the Cliff Notes version of John Ellis' book of cheating.