There is a restaurant in California that serves a mean burger and uncompromisingly refuses to change it in any way. No, we will not hold the bacon and no, there is no ketchup. This is how it is and you are going to like it, son.
There is a particular kind of a whiny customer who never comes back because he wants to have it his way. He is never missed, as the place is always packed to the gills by those who are smart enough to trust the chef.
I venture the spoiled brat who leaves in a huff goes straight to his computer to “improve” some classic strength training program. Because he is smarter than Rif, Dan John, or Geoff Neupert. After all, didn’t his momma tell him he was the number one every day of his life (while daddy powerlessly nodded)?
To make it worse, instead of quietly disfiguring the classic program in the privacy of his parents’ home, he has the audacity to go the Internet and bug the author. “Dan, can I do two lifts per workout on your one-lift-a-day program?”
Over forty years ago, Arkady Vorobyev—Olympic champion in weightlifting, scientist, and coach extraordinaire—quoted a famous Russian proverb in one of his books and it rings even more true today: “Eggs do not teach the chicken.”
Ironically, experienced coaches have the sense not to mess with their colleagues’ plans. When Cole Summers, today SFG Team Leader, took up kettlebell training, he did not try to reinvent the wheel. Even though, being Team Canada strength coach for several sports, he was more than qualified to do so. He got started on the ETK Rite of Passage—and within months pressed a kettlebell weighing more than 100 pounds, at 59 years of age and bodyweight in the 180s.
I have news for you, son. Being full of yourself for no reason whatsoever is the ticket to wasting your twenties and possibly thirties. In training and in other aspects of your life.