Ali V Frasier.
Rumble in the jungle
Anyone V The New York Yankees.
Cross fit V Traditional strength training
Naudi Aguilar V Bret Contreras?
There have been some classic fights and rivalries through the ages. No matter the sport, the fans would be hanging on every play or every punch. No matter if you had a stake in the outcome or not, you’d be on the edge of your seat.
Because let’s face it, you want to see them beat the crap out of each other. I know I do.
In the universe of health and fitness, this is no different, as evidenced by internet punch on a little while ago between Naudi Aguilar and Bret Contreras. You can catch up with the name calling right here.
On the web, this debate got pretty heated with a ton of trainers pulling up their ring side seats and rubbing their hands with glee in anticipation of a battle royal.
Me? I was just extremely disappointed.
In the US where 80% of the population doesn’t get the recommended amount of exercise and more than one in three adults are considered obese, my questions is, how does this behavior help anyone?
That’s easy, it doesn’t.
Healthy debate and constructive criticism are fine — I’m not arguing that. We see that on our social media feeds all the time, right?
But when the fighting turns into two teenaged girls pulling each other’s hair out, nobody wins.
Do you remember what your parents said when you fought with your brother or sister?
Did it go a little something like…
“I don’t care who started it.”
“I don’t care who’s right or wrong, just shut up and go to your rooms.”
Or my personal all-time favorite “One more word and you’re grounded.”
It hasn’t been that long since your parents told you off, correct?
Hey, I’m not going to be the one to send these guys to their rooms because let’s face it, Naudi and Bret are cut from two different pieces of cloth. Everything about how they approach strength training is different.
Bret has a more traditional strength training perspective based on science and research while Naudi has more a left field or “holistic” approach to health and fitness.
No matter which side of the fence you are on (don’t worry Brett I’ve got your back), they’ll never, ever agree with one another.
What fitness professionals really need to be fighting for is getting those 80 % of the population off their lazy butts and moving and not getting involved in those nitpicky debates on social media.
I hope that fitness professionals who care about their craft agree that when it comes to exercise and movement, there are a many different ways to get results.
Rather than criticizing and getting into pissing matches and trying to one up each other, more fitness professionals should take a page from the guys over at Original Strength.
Their motto is all movement is “good, better and best.” The only bad movement is no movement at all.
Now, I think that is something we can all agree on
Instead of fighting like children on the right way to do a squat or hating on long distance cardio use the sandwich technique of praise, criticism and praise.
People are more receptive to criticism when you start with praise instead of calling them clueless idiots. So rather than wasting your energy criticizing, start helping.
Because nobody likes a know -it-all.
When all else fails and you have nothing complimentary to say, remember what your mother told you
“If you haven’t anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”