Once upon a time when I was a wee little intern at IFAST, I had the privilege of learning from the one and only Ty Terrell. While I learned so many things from the entire staff at IFAST, one of the most important lessons I learned was from Ty. Now, whether or not Ty actually came up with this analogy I don’t actually know, but he taught it to me so I am crediting him with it.
When we look at the training industry there are so many angry people; people think that their way is the only way and that everyone else is wrong. We have cohorts that follow one individual and think that one person’s word is law and just regurgitate what is said without actually understanding and applying what the real meaning behind the words are. All of this is happening constantly and the one thing that people don’t seem to be able to grasp is that everyone is right and everyone is wrong. There is no right answer and there is no one method to help make a person better.
The analogy that Ty gave me was that the fitness industry is like a house. Everyone is trying to get into the house because inside of the house is the common goal – performance, wellness, fitness. Every acronym in the industry, every leader that we have is just a door or a window to enter the house. Some windows and doors are bigger, some are smaller, some are more efficient and some require more work to find, but they all serve a purpose. That’s why it’s important to ask questions and seek out more information because at the very least you’re just going to find a new way to enter the house. The new way may not necessarily be better than what you already have mapped out, but the chances are that it will be able to help you at a certain point. After all, isn’t that what we all want? To always get better.