The classic text on negotiation “Getting to YES,” by Rodger Fisher and William Ury, may not be about strength and conditioning, but I think the story told at the end of the book is extremely relevant. Here it is:
In 1964 an American father and his twelve-year-old son were enjoying a beautiful Saturday in Hyde Park, London, playing catch with a Frisbee. Few in England had seen a Frisbee at that time and a small group of strollers gathered to watch this strange sport. Finally, one homburg-clad Englishman came over to the father: “Sorry to bother you. Been watching you a quarter of an hour. Who’s winning?”
I love this story, because the perspective of the Englishman left him miles away from grasping what Frisbee was all about. His worldview of the interaction between father and son didn’t even give him the chance to understand it.
Is your perspective on training leading you away from the point? Training isn’t about being “good” or “bad,” or about being in or out of shape. If you can’t imagine how something like this could work in your life, maybe it’s time to look at excersise differently.
FFOTB isn’t a place where the ultra-fit come to show off, and make fun of those that aren’t. This is a place where we all come to learn and to get better. Regardless of where we are, we are all going in the same direction and that’s all that matters.
So, if you ever walk by class and ask, “Who’s winning?” You’ll know the answer.
We all are.
10, 9, 8… 2, 1
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