Robin Hood Training

Don’t know what got me on this thought but, Robin Hood would have made a great strength coach or personal trainer.  Remember “steal from the rich and give to the poor”? The key to being a good strength coach or personal trianer is to learn the lesson of Robin Hood. Steal from the rich and give to the poor. Or to paraphrase, steal from the smart and give to the “not so smart” to be polite. The cool thing about stealing is that most of the good coaches encourage it. They put stuff right out there for you.  It’s like someone leaves their valuables unlocked and then lets lot of people have access to them, occasionally for a small fee but often free. Problem is so most trainers are too dumb to steal from the rich. Instead they steal from the poor. If you are going to steal stuff, think about the Brinks Job. Steal the best stuff from the smartest people you can.

In the fields of fitness and strength and conditioning we call this stealing continuing education. Continuing education is nothing more than Robin Hood in action. The great part about this is that security is really poor. The presenters put their info out there, all you need to do is take. There are a million cliches out there and most are true.

-Success leaves clues

-Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery etc. etc.

Bottom line, you could pick up a copy of the original red cover Core Performance and just copy the stuff in it and you would be better than 90% of the trainers and coaches working today. Do me a favor. Make an appointment to steal. Your next chance to steal from me in Boston at the Perform Better One Day Seminar. Looking to pull of the Brinks Job? Register for the Perform Better Summit’s coming up .

From Dax Moys/ Magic 100 List

If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the
results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same

– Tony Robbins

Editors Note: Good stealing actually costs a little money. Think of it as buying burglary  tools.

10 Responses to “Robin Hood Training”

  1. What did you mean by ‘original red cover Core Performance’? What is it and where can I get it? I don’t want it to plagiarise it, I would just like to read it for my own personal training.

  2. Well said Mike. One of the first quotes that resonated in my head when I became a trainer was “I have seen farther because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”

    Consequently Advances in Functional Training was one of the first books I bought….I read 44 books last year and thousands of blog posts and articles by “you guys”. I’ve read so much from so many great coaches I feel like I know them. In return, I started my own blog last year to share with others. It’s great to be part of that circle.

    I checked out Cressey’s last month…definitely a goal to make it up to MBSC sometime soon as well.

    Thanks for all your dedicated work Mike, I’ll keep stealing from you.

  3. mboyle1959 Says:

    Drop by any day around 3. Just let me know which day so I can alert the staff that we are having a visitor.

  4. Cool post, so can I steal a free week at your training facility? I live down the street in Stoneham and training is my life. I even went to Robin Hood school when I was a kid. Give back to us poor Michael Hood, for a week lol.

  5. I didn’t have, so thanks for that!

    Agreed on the audiobooks, they make the traffic a little bit less of a brain drain.

  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    Truth is, not too many. Mike Robertson, Eric Cressey, . Pretty much all I have time for. Lots more audiobooks these days for the car.

  7. Coach, with the “Robin Hood” mentality in mind, I don’t suppose you could do a quick blog listing you or your colleagues favourite blogs? They’re such a great way to get quick information, and to see what the coaches are up to on a regular/daily basis.

    Keep up the great work sir, helping the rest of us become better trainers/coaches etc.

  8. Anthony Donskov Says:

    Great Post! AWESOME!

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