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Old 11-22-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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From Brian Carroll:

You can have all the schooling and certifications in the world and spend time with the best powerlifters in the game, but if you haven’t been in the trenches, lifting at cluster-fuck meets, winning titles, bombing out of meets, ripping your body apart doing stupid shit and then learning your lesson and rebuilding it, you have a lot to learn. If you’ve never coached lifters to both successes and failures or learned to talk a lifter off the ledge after a bad attempt or meet (only to see him come back and kill it the next time around because you knew what to say), you have a long way to go.

I’m not knocking education here, but you can learn anything and everything about the body over fifteen years and still have no clue how to practically apply these ideas in real-world scenarios, especially with powerlifting. Certifications and college degrees as well as talking about how the body “should” work, how it “should respond in theory,” “what we should do,” and “what we need to do to be better” only carry so much weight. You need to combine all that education with experience.

Too much education and too little education can hold us back to a certain degree. I discussed this with Ed Coan about two months ago when I asked him how he was able to lift for so long. Genetics aside, he said, “All we knew at the time was to just lift, so that’s what we did.”

“Technology and science hold us back in certain ways,” I replied, almost rhetorically.

Ed agreed. “We now know more than ever how badly we can potentially hurt ourselves and how dangerous lifting is to our bodies and the wear and tear we’ll see after decades of lifting.”

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Old 11-22-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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Along with being a world class and former all time world record holder, he is a personal trainer and was previously a massage therapist. I have learned a good bit about training from Brian. Having looked over some of his ebook stuff, it is going to be really good.
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