Get a Good Coach

When talking with people about nutrition and exercise there is no lack of opinions. Seems at times even the sedentary have some sort of sound bite they picked up off daytime TV to tell me. The irony pouring off them as they try to give me advice is lost on them.

But it’s not just that out of shape acquaintance carrying all those extra pounds of fat telling me I shouldn’t be skipping breakfast or “blah blah blah, organic, blah blah blah gluten,” it’s also often a variety of input from serious physical specimens. People in excellent shape. Some squat this way, while others have strong opinions about another way. I have a very large, very in shape vegan friend who crushes kettle bells, and another who likes to eat ice cream by the quart.

What are we to do! The temptation is to dive in, to read, to learn. But with so many experts with so many approaches, and so much information it can be overwhelming.

I won’t espouse my own opinion as being the one true path. What I will say is that every moment I’m reading conflicting articles on when to consume protein is a moment I’m not spending watching BJJ video’s, not shadow boxing, not dry firing.

This blog is for the multidisciplinary tactician, we have a lot on our plate. I don’t have the luxury of time to waste and I don’t have any emotional attachment to being right or having an opinion on every subject. If you’re a fitness junkie and want to delve deep into the topic for yourself that’s great but right now I have to make time for force on force simunitions training in an abandoned structure. There is no spare time or extra attention I can spend.

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”
-Arnold Schwarzenegger

I got a coach. My coaches’ advise is easy for me to follow. He has a background and degrees dealing with nutrition and fitness and he has a ton of experience in combat sports and firearms training. He’s done what I’m doing and has a specific knowledge base grounded in academics on the subject matter. That’s enough for me.

My strength and conditioning plan: do what Larry says.

I don’t try to change the program on my own. I don’t think I’m special. I don’t read the newest articles or try the next hot thing. I just do what I’m told and reap the rewards.

Be teachable.

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