As Herb points out there are a lot of world class coaches on this board but most people don’t know who is who :D.
Which is interesting because it kind of tips the scales a little as generally you tend to be persuaded by people based on the following criteria set out by Aristotle a few(!) years ago:
- Ethos (credability of the speaker)
- Logos (the words they say)
- Pathos (the emotions of the audience)
So when you don’t know who a person is you judge the things they say based on simply the Logos (thier post) and Pathos (in this case your previous experience).
Note here that Charlie Francis is about the only person on this board that uses their real name (how do you think this affects your judgement?).
Then Charlie Francis shows up and gives a KISS answer(Keep It Simple Stupid) and everyone shuts up and trys to make it sound like thats what they were talking about.
Yep, you’re right! This ammuses me also.
Note that both you and they assume Charlie is always right. Which is interesting because when I discuss things CF says away from this board everyone assumes he must be wrong once they find out who he is (Ethos at work).
And why does he have this power (to end a thread)? Because he has 20+ years of coaching experience with a wide variety of athletes and has seen it all. He knows what he believes and doesn’t care too much about the science because he knows that most of the real world problems are too complex for science to solve on its own (anyone else worked this out yet?).
As for KISS, there are probably a few reasons for this. Other than your conjecture, if i guess right he isn’t the fastest typer in the world and has better things to do than spend hours writing long messages like this one.
Futhermore, most people just want some feedback from him because they don’t want to have to spend 20 years coaching to formulate thier own oppinions. It is much easier to get the general direction from him and go from there. Also, if he told you everything in detail why would you buy any of his products? Note: all of his products are great.
OK, after that little rant, I’m off back to the squat rack to read a few journal articles with 175K on my back and advise others on how to do the same.
P.S. did you believe the first bit just cos i said Aristotle originated the idea?