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Strength Training Secrets RevealedBy: 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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