Viper: In case some of you are wondering who the best is they are up here on this plaque. [turns to Maverick]
Viper: Do you think your name will be on that plaque?
Maverick: Yes sir. Viper: That’s pretty arrogant, considering the company you’re in.
Maverick: Yes sir.
Viper: I like that in a pilot.
So WHO is the best?? In the world of fitness, performance training, and sports medicine, it can get confusing on who to listen to these days. There are numerous “experts” and even more “professionals” out there. I use quotes around those titles because it does not take much these days to be able to call yourself an expert or professional in the field. Too many weekend certifications, lack of regulations and an internet explosion can make anyone famous and relevant almost over night. So just, WHO is the best out there anyway?
I do not think you can answer that question. I like Maverick’s attitude in Top Gun. He walked into that place thinking he was the best. Even though the best fighter pilots in the world surrounded him, he put himself out there and claimed that he was indeed going to be the best because he believed he was.
In my world, I always thought the same way. When I would walk into a classroom in college or graduate school, or even a conference with all of my peers, I considered myself one of the best. Am I really the best there is out there? No way. There are professionals out there that know way more than me, have a ton more hands on experience than me and have done more in their careers than I could imagine right now. Does that mean I do not strive every single day to be the best and better than the rest? Nope.
Nevertheless, what I do know about myself, is when I am working with a client, I am the best. I give them my best and when I am off the clock, I continue to work at being the best. Reading everything I can get my hands on, experimenting with new techniques, attending seminars, talking with my peers, training friends and myself, etc.. I do what I have to do every single day to be the best.
When you are choosing a trainer, a coach, or a specialist of any kind, look for someone that thinks or strives to be the best. Ask around to find people that want to be the unsurpassed. It doesn’t matter to me if I am ever really the best trainer or coach out there, what matters is that I strive to be the absolute best I can ever be.
Trainers and coaches that do not plan your workouts and just shoot from the hip are not the best. Coaches who do not do a full assessment and constantly reassess your strengths, limitations and progress, are not the best. Professionals that do not have an extensive library at their disposal at home and at work are not the best. Experts that will do anything to keep you healthy and well, while always making you progress in all of your goals are people you need to seek out. Surround yourself with people that want to be the best and that are the best, and you will become the best that you could ever be. Surround yourself with satisfied, never changing, run of the mill trainers and coaches out there, and that is exactly what you will get in your own life.