Am I the Most Influential Person In Strength and Conditioning?

Tim Egerton, a UK based strength and conditioning coach just complied a list of the 20 most influential people in strength and conditioning. Although I think the list shows an NSCA bias ( obviously not my favorite group) and a taste for internet experts, it makes for interesting reading. The funny thing is that the list shows how powerful the internet is, particularly in reaching non-US markets. Some of the guys on the list are young. Some are simply writers. The lesson for the young coaches and old coaches alike is that the internet is here to stay and we need to embrace it. On of the big keys to success is not innovation but to be an early adopter. Those who embrace new concepts flourish. I can still hear Ryan Lee saying “you don’t have a website yet?”. The lesson is embrace the net. To gain recognition in the strength and conditioning industry you need to write, YouTube, Tweet and Facebook. It’s not enough to just coach anymore. Post a comment and let me know what you think.


23 Responses to “Am I the Most Influential Person In Strength and Conditioning?”

  1. […] Mike Boyle appeared at number one, which seemed to put a spring in his step, although he did also make a pointed comment about some people on the list being “simply writers” and another about “internet experts”. […]

  2. Coach, you are to me, purely because of your accessability. In terms of concepts & shaping my ideas, youre one of the most influential, alongside Cosgrove, De Franco, Coach Dos, Robertson, Cressey, Martin Rooney etc.

    Unfortunately growing up in Australia, i didnt have the exposure to S&C experts, however with the internet, especially i now have more information at my disposal than ill ever need.


  3. mboyle1959 Says:

    So true about Glassman. Influence can be positive or negative.

  4. Have to agree, love him or hate him, Glassman has to be on the list.

    Ross Enamait may not influence other coaches, but influences a lot of athletes, and is a real coach. He also has an excellent definition of a real coach from an internet guru: if the internet disappeared tomorrow, they would still have a full gym of athletes training hard.

  5. It’s been my contention for some time that the internet has allowed younger, inexperienced coaches to create the illusion of being an expert with years of experience. For the veteran coaches who have spent years in the trenches developing their craft, the internet plays more of a supporting role.

    I don’t know what to think when a person coaches at the high school level for several years and KA-BLAM! they are now( usually by their own admission ) a highly sought after expert with multiple DVD products available.

    I’m reminded of Angel, a character on the 70’s tv show “The Rockford Files, who said “Don’t blame me for the morals of the world, I’m just trying to turn a buck.”

  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    Keep an eye out for another post on this topic next week.

  7. Matt Smith Says:

    There is no doubting the impact the internet has had on the field of strength and conditioning but you need to choose your ‘gurus’ wisely. The internet is also a BS’ers paradise and you can pull the wool over peoples eyes. “What people say, what people do, and what people say they do are entirely different things.” – Margaret Mead

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