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Strength Training Secrets Revealed

By: Matt Furey
Best Selling Author of "Combat Conditioning"

Four years ago, a recently graduated "college boy" attended one of my seminars on the strength training exercises of Combat Conditioning. He seemed like a somewhat intelligent kid - until he opened his mouth, that is.

When I was teaching a few pushup variations that NO ONE in attendance had ever seen before, I said, "I've never seen anyone other than Karl Gotch teach these pushup variations before. I learned them from him."

The college boy then smirked and opened his mouth. "There are no secrets," he said.

"There aren't?" I replied.

"No, there's nothing new. Everything that can be known has been around for ages."

"Perhaps you're right - but let me ask you - 30 seconds ago did you know the strength training pushups I just showed?"

"No, I did not."

"Well then, these pushups were a secret to YOU."

I then went around the room and asked for a show of hands: "How many of you knew these strength training exercises before today?"

No one raised a hand.

"But they're not secret," said the college boy once again.

"Okay, then explain to me what a secret is," I asked.

"A secret is something you know that someone else doesn't know," he replied.

"Naaaaah?" I said, sarcastically. "You mean that's ALL a secret is? Well then, suppose I know some strength training exercises and I teach them to half the room here while the other half is out to lunch. And let's suppose I tell the people I taught these exercises to that they are NOT to reveal them to the others when they come back from lunch. Tell me, would the exercises be a secret to them?"

"Not really," said the doofus.

"Not really? You just told me that there are no secrets. I then asked you to explain to me what a secret is. You said, 'Something that you know that someone else doesn't know.' Correct?"

"That's correct," he said.

"Okay, before we got started today you clearly did NOT know the strength training exercises I just taught. Neither did anyone else in the room. Karl Gotch knows them and taught them to me. And I'm sure that there are some other people in the world who know them, or used to know them. But the grand majority of the population has NEVER seen them and does NOT know them. So tell me, were the strength training exercises I just taught you and the others "secrets" before you learned them.

"No," he said.

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"How is that?" I asked.

"Everything that can be known has already been known. Everything has already been taught, so there aren't any secrets."

"Do you know the security codes to break into NASA or a nuclear power plant?" I asked.


"Would you consider those codes to be secret?"



"Because they're top secret, classified information."

"So you can have secrets then - but just not when it comes to strength training?" I asked.

"That's right," he replied.

"Glad I understand where you're coming from. Now get the hell out of here. There's nothing I can teach you."

"But why? What do you mean?" the student asked.

"You should already know the answer to that question, afterall, there are no secrets."

Some months later, college boy wrote to apologize. Let me tell you, it must have been an act of God.

Truth of the matter is I learn everywhere I go. I have a HUGE library of books and courses on health and fitness. Even the things that I think I already know have levels upon levels of depth. Each day as I train, I come up with variations of what I already think I know. Fact is, I'm learning what I "thought" I knew better and better all the time.

Even if everything, at one time, has already been seen and revealed (which is not the case), just because one person or one group or one nation knew something at some time, doesn't make it a non-secret to those who don't know it.

When I go to China, for the most part, I can speak to my wife in our secret language - known to you and me as English. In return, being that there are over 100 different dialects in China, it doesn't take much for the Chinese to go into a secret language around me.

The same is true of the strength training secrets of Combat Conditioning. Those who think they already know them have never trained with me in person. Those who have faithfully practiced Hindu squats, Hindu pushups and bridging are stunned when they attend a seminar and learn how much they didn't know.

Did I reveal "secrets" to them. You better believe it. Will I reveal them to the person with a closed mind? Absolutely not.

So take it from me - there ARE plenty of secrets out there. All that can be known is not known.

Copyright, Gold Medal Publications, Inc 2004


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