Category Archives: Grill the Guru

You Got Guru’d


noun \ˈgu̇r-(ˌ)ü, ˈgü-(ˌ)rü also gə-ˈrü\

: a religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism

: a teacher or guide that you trust

: a person who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular subject

If we take the Merriam-Webster definition shown above, being a guru is a good thing, right? Well, not exactly. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about gurus:

Guru (Devanagari गुरु) is a Sanskrit term for “teacher” or “master”, especially in Indian religions. The Hindu guru-shishya tradition is the oral tradition or religious doctrine or experiential wisdom transmitted from teacher to student. In the United States, the word guru is a marketing term used by ad agencies and the meaning of “guru” has been used to cover anyone who acquires followers. In the west derogatory uses have been noted whereby gurus exploit their followers’ naiveté, due to the use of the term in new religious movements.

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What’s the Biggest Problem in the S&C Industry?


I’ve been interviewed many times in the past several years, and a recurring question that I receive is, “What’s the biggest problem in the Strength & Conditioning industry?” I used to think that the biggest problem was the gurus. See HERE to learn how gurus typically operate.

These days I know better. Basic economic principles describe the laws of supply and demand. When a simple service is in great demand, good businessmen will rise to the occasion and supply that service.

Guruism, as the late, great Mel Siff used to call it, refers to the recent phenomenon whereby individuals accept anything that comes out of their guru’s mouth without question. I stumbled across an article last week by Wisconsin strength coach Steve Myrland titled Guru-ism And The Decline Of Coaching that hit the nail on the head. I highly encourage you to click HERE to download the pdf. Here are a few quotes from the article:

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Calling Out Lyle McDonald

For the past couple of years, an influential fitness professional by the name of Lyle McDonald has been bashing me in public forums including Facebook.

It seems that whenever another individual praises me, Lyle shows up from out of nowhere and fabricates stories about my work and calls me names. Whenever I’ve stepped in and tried to clear up any confusion, Lyle vanishes and won’t respond.

Despite my attempts to reach Lyle, he continues to bash me and continues to attempt to discredit my work. In fact, I sent him an email the other day asking him for a reply, yet predictably he didn’t respond.

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Grill the Guru I: Charles Poliquin

Today’s Grill the Guru episode features Charles Poliquin. If you don’t know why I’m grilling gurus, CLICK HERE to read why. My colleagues deserve a level playing field and how can anyone compete with someone who simply fabricates stories? Without further adieu, here you go:

Three Reasons Why I’m Grilling Poliquin

REASON ONE: Over the past month, a few of Charles’ underlings have emailed me to inform me that Charles has been telling them that barbell glute bridges and barbell hip thrusts don’t work and that they’re dangerous for the lumbar spine. These informants are PICP-certified coaches (Poliquin’s certification), and they’re emailing me to notify me about what Charles is saying and to let me know that they’ve been prescribing them to clients with great success, defying their cult-leader’s orders.

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