You most likely have a job that you get paid for, and you also might have a job within your family or home. Not to mention all the outside responsibilities, roles, and activities that require your attention each day.
But which ones are your real jobs?
On this episode of the GMB Show, Ryan and Andy discuss doing your job and doing it well. And more specifically, they look at how to discern what is and is not your real job.
Many people fall into the trap of switching from program to program or making changes to a fitness regimen laid out by a professional trainer, simply because of something they read online or saw in a video.
When it comes to fitness, your job is not to be your own fitness coach. Ryan goes so far as to say that if “you’re coaching yourself, your coach is an idiot.” In fact, your exercise programming isn’t your responsibility either. Your responsibility is to find a coach and program that you trust and let them do their job.
Today’s topic is about identifying what your job is, doing it well, and, most importantly, letting others do their jobs well, too.
What you’ll hear:
- 3:40 – Why it’s okay to be an amateur.
- 9:20 – The pitfalls of relying on incomplete information that you might find in a book, article, online tutorial or other source.
- 10:25 – The importance of trusting your trainer.
- 13:15 – How not to let your hobbies interfere with your actual job.
If you’re coaching yourself, then your coach is an idiot.
Your Fitness Training Is Not Your Job
Ryan: Hello, everybody. Welcome to another episode of the GMB Show, here is Andy today, and we’re going to talk about doing your job and doing it well. What’s up, man?
Andy: Man, I am excited, as always, to be talking, because my wife doesn’t listen to me, and my daughter doesn’t listen to me. This podcast, it’s an oasis in my life.
Ryan: You got me to listen, so it’s all good, man. This topic, doing your job and doing it well, this is something that all of us, all of us all over the world will get some great knowledge from you about, because you’re the master of doing the job and doing it well, right? [inaudible 00:00:51] that’s why you are the CEO of GMB, the boss.
Andy: Yeah. This is really something I learned when I was very young. My father was playing in bands, and one of the bands he was in, I swear the guy introduced almost every song like this, but he say, “This is a song we like to play, and some people play it slow, and some people play it fast. We kind of play it half-fast.” He would do that like four times a night. I don’t know. I’ve always just had that in my head.
Ryan: That was his job, yeah?
Andy: That was pretty much his job, was to introduce every song with that stupid corny joke. The thing is, is that you can’t do things half-assed. If you try to do ten things half-assed, you end up with five asses, and nobody wants five asses.
Ryan: That’s a lot of ass, yeah.
Andy: Right? You’ve got to decide, again, priorities, like we’ve talked about a few different times, but specifically we want to talk about what should your priorities be as somebody who is trying to learn how to develop their physical autonomy, how to get stronger, how to get more flexible, all these things. What is your job in this context, because everyone knows what their job is and their career. You already have a job there, so that’s one job you’ve already got. You may have a job as a husband, father, wife, whatever. You may have other things that are hobbies, too, but for most of the people that are listening to this now, I would wager a lot of money that learning how to train yourself is not something that’s ever likely to be your job. Even if training other people becomes your job at some point, probably training yourself is still not going to ever be one of your most important jobs. Love averages here.
For some people, it’s always possible. One of my favorite quotes is a guy named Merlin Mann, and he says that priorities are like arms. If you think you have more than two, you’re crazy. Well, I think jobs are the same way. If you think you can sustain more than two jobs seriously, I think you are crazy, and I think you’re going to burn out. You probably have a career. You probably have some social obligations, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say that your fitness training is not your job. As a result of that, how should we be looking at it? That’s what I really want to talk about today, why it’s okay to be an amateur. I think, Ryan, you’ve got a lot of perspective on this because it’s your job to train other people, but then when it comes to you trying to learn new things, you almost always seek out another coach.
Ryan: Absolutely. If you’re coaching yourself, you’re screwed.
Andy: Your coach is an idiot.
Ryan: Your coach is an idiot, that’s what it is. I love that phrase. If you’re coaching yourself, your coach is an idiot. It’s tough when you look at the fitness world, to be honest, and you have these coaches, these great coaches out there, and they’re very good at coaching other people, and then you see them try and coach themself and do things. You know it’s just not going to work. From the very beginning, I was lucky I understood this. I don’t coach myself. If I want to learn something, I’m going to go and seek out the best person to help me with that, whether that be when I was learning … Anything, way back in gymnastics. Think about that, as a kid, “I’m going to teach myself gymnastics.” Yeah, right you are. No.
You go to your coach, whether it be football, basketball, whatever you’re doing. Another recent example is, I’ve got a lot of background in grappling with my Judo, and I also did some other different forms of grappling, but I wanted to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’m not going to just get a book, and try and read a little bit, and teach myself. No, I actively searched out a very good black belt here in Japan. I’m paying this person to teach me private lessons. Thing is, it’s knowing also when it’s not your job. This is extremely important. To give a little bit of a different example, this always reminds me, when we talk about jobs, when we first started out in GMB. It was Andy, Jarlo, and I, and we were wearing so many different hats, because it was just us.
We had so many different jobs, and it was crazy, absolutely crazy. That’s just how it was. We had to do that because it was just us. As we’ve grown, we’ve really taken a step back in looking at what is our job. Basically, what do we do extremely well, and what do we not do well, and we don’t do the things that we don’t do well. We’ve brought in other people to be able to do the jobs that we’re not good at. Looking at that in a work perspective, actual our business thing, we’ve done this, but this is also what I do as well in my own training. Yes, I’m a coach. That’s what I do. I train people. That’s pretty it. That’s really my job, in the aspect of GMB. Here’s another thing, too.
Just because I’m a coach for other people in GMB, I don’t coach my daughter in swimming. This is extremely important to me, too, in that I want the best for my daughter, and I know that because I’m not a swimming coach, I shouldn’t be coaching her. I let her swimming coach teach her. This is another example of even though I might be good at doing one particular thing in coaching here in GMB, I’m not going to step into another person’s realm and think that just because I’m a coach elsewhere that I can be a good coach to my daughter in swimming.
This is another thing, too, where knowing your place, knowing where you stand, and being able to basically set aside that ego and say, “Hey, no. That’s not me,” and be cool with it. I think a lot of people, Andy, and I’m sure we all see this, is where people think they can do something, so they try and step in and do this other job where they’re really not prepared to do it. I think that this is the thing where it’s going to be half-ass. It’s not going to turn out well, basically.
Andy: Sure. What any professional sporting match in the history of the world, and you hear all the armchair coaches say, “Well, they should’ve done this.”
Andy: Yeah, that’s fine. That’s fine, and it’s human nature to say these things. Also, if you’re a football coach who is leading a team of men who’s probably worth, I don’t know, hundreds of millions of dollars a year, you have access to the best advisors. You have probably three strategy sub-coaches, maybe a staff of ten or fifteen [SNC 00:08:09] coaches working under you. You have all the best advice in the world. You don’t need Dave to tell you that you’ve made a mistake or you should’ve done the play a different way.
Ryan: Exactly, right? Yeah.
Andy: Here’s the thing, too. Dave from Montana is not necessarily a bad guy. There’s nothing wrong with Dave from Montana. He enjoys the game. He’s watching it, and he wants his team to win, and so when they make a mistake or something, yeah, he’s going to get upset. That’s fine, too, but the other thing is, is that you also have to know when to step back and trust the people that are making those decisions, right? When it comes to being coached in something or to doing a training program or something like that … Well, for example, if you’re out there looking for training programs online, you’re probably looking at all different examples out there, and you’re comparing things, right?
In order to see how they’re similar and different and which one’s a better fit for you, you’re looking into their features. You’re looking into how they work, and you’re going to learn some things about how the programming is and why they choose some exercises than others. You’re going to be looking at which one is best for you. The thing is, don’t let that trick you into thinking that you’re an expert on exercise programming. When I say it like this, yeah, it sounds obvious, like, “Oh, of course not,” but you’d be surprised how easy it is to trick yourself.
Andy: I don’t mean to say that anyone’s a bad person if you’ve ever done this thing and been like, “Oh, I think that you guys should probably add pull-ups to P1,” and that’s not a bad thing to think. P1 looks on the surface like it’s a pressing program, and you might think that you want to do more pull-ups to balance it out with pulling, but what you don’t know, what it’s not your job to know, is that P1 is actually a lot more balanced in that, and that a lot of people have done P1 with no pulling movements for three months and increased their ability to do pull-ups significantly, because things like the L-sit do a lot of lat activation and shoulder strength, and things like that, but it’s not your job to know that. It’s ours. It’s ours. What you need to know is that you don’t need to worry about these things.
You need to choose someone to trust. That’s really your biggest job. Choose someone to trust to coach you, and then let them do their job well, and you do your job well, which is then to follow things to the best of your ability, ask questions when you need to, and then do the work. It’s back to the same thing about, you hire a plumber to come out and fix your toilet, and he’s in and out of there in ten minutes, and the bill is $500. You’re like, “Man, $500 for ten minutes.
But, you know what? He’s got a truck full of tools that probably cost $120,000. He’s got probably fifteen, twenty years he’s invested in learning how to fix toilets, and that’s not a fun job. My father just retired actually today after forty-eight years of being a plumber. Commercial plumber, so we hasn’t doing a lot of toilets, but still, point being, it’s not a fun job to be fixing toilets all day. You’re paying the plumber for that, but you don’t stand over the plumber’s shoulder and say, “Actually, maybe you should use a crescent wrench there.” You don’t do that, right?
It’s the same thing. You have to know what’s your job and what isn’t. I think everyone listening to this, you have jobs that you really care about, right? You have your career. You might have your family. You might have another hobby you do. You might have something else, but you’re not going to be able to do more than two jobs well, just like you’re not going to be able grow a third arm. You need to decide to just do your job when it comes to the training, and let us do ours, too. We want to explain that to you as best we can, too, but you have to know when to just do your job.
Ryan: It’s okay to be an amateur. This is something you say. You say this a lot, right? A lot of people might hear that and think, “No, but I want to be the best.” Listen, if you are working in an office somewhere doing whatnot, I’m sorry, you’re not going to be Olympic caliber athlete, and that is perfectly fine, absolutely fine. Be as good as you can be, but understand that your job is not that training. Your job is to just go through the training and be as good as you can. It’s okay to be mediocre in those other things. It’s perfectly fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. I think the problem is that we hear a lot of this, “Rah rah, you’ve got to be the best in the world,” and we see the Facebook memes and …
Andy: Right, how bad do you want it?
Ryan: How bad do you want it? You’ve got to bleed to gain, which is like, you’ve got to be kidding me. No, you’re not an athlete. I’m not an athlete. I’m not.
Andy: That’s the thing. How bad do you want it? You might want it real, real bad, but I guarantee, you don’t want it nearly as bad as you want to keep your job.
Ryan: Right, yeah. That’s it.
Andy: So, how bad do you want it? You may think you want it real bad, but when you put it in perspective with your other jobs that are more important, you actually realize, “Well, come to think of it, I don’t really want it all that bad after all.”
Ryan: That’s a good thing, because that means that you’ve got your priorities in focus. They’re focused. You know that that is not the thing it is. If it is, then you know what? You should quit your other job and just focus on that and make sure how you can take care of your family by nailing that planche. Here’s the thing. It doesn’t work that easily, okay? Being an amateur and just being okay in things is okay. This is something that a lot of people will just frown upon, but you know what? That’s fine. That’s absolutely fine.
Andy: Yeah. No, it’s super important.
Andy: It’s super important. Here’s the thing, I don’t want anyone listening to this to also think that we’re telling you don’t try to learn things, and don’t explore, and you should just listen to authorities, and shut up and do what they tell you. That’s not it at all. I really think everyone should be … If something excites you, man, go learn as much as you can. Go learn from as many sources as you can. If you get excited about a new method of training, and if you decided you want to change your life physically, and if you want to start doing things differently, go learn as much about it as you can. Read every websites. Read books. Watch videos. Do whatever you need to do, but you have to understand that reading these things, learning about them, is not the same as applying it, too, right?
Andy: Learn from every source you can, but when it comes down time to do stuff, don’t try to do all those things at once because you’re going to screw it up. Don’t try to second guess one path by looking at the context of another path. Learn from a lot of sources, but when you’re doing one thing, do that thing. Your job is to do that thing. Your job is not to evaluate that thing in light of another thing. We’re not saying don’t learn, don’t explore. We’re saying that once you have chosen to do a job, training in a certain style or something, don’t then try to teach yourself to do the job of coaching yourself or something on top of that.
Ryan: Let me give you an example. My job is basically being the best I can in GMB, because I’m basically the poster child for GMB. Right now, though, I really enjoy doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’m not going to let this new love of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu affect my GMB job. Let’s say, doing something in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and me thinking, “Now I’m going to do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’m going to learn as much as I can. I’m going to train every single day, and I’m going to go and try and compete and do all this stuff,” end up getting injured. I can’t do my job in GMB, and we’re done, because that could basically be what it is. That’s one thing, but another example could be, when I’m doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, it is a hobby. That is it. I’m at an age right now where I am never … I’m happy with this.
I’m not going to be national or international champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’m okay with being an amateur. It’s perfectly fine. I’m learning a lot. I’m researching, watching videos, because I enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but whatever I learn … Pardon me, whatever I’m watching and whatever particular techniques that come on on the YouTube, I’m not going to go into my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and go up to my teacher and say, “Hey, I watched this the other day, and yeah, this is what you need to teach me today.” I let him do his job, and look at what I need, and basically just enjoy it for what it is, so then when I go back to my real job of GMB, I can be able to do that. I’m able to do that, excuse me. Those are broad examples, but we’re not saying that you shouldn’t be doing other stuff. It’s that, don’t let those other things interfere with your real job of what you’re trying to do.
Andy: Right, because that’s really the second point of what we started out with, not just do your job, but do your job and do it well. In order to do it well, you can’t let distracting thoughts make you do it less well. You can’t go and just start messing around with it if you don’t understand how it works. Do your jobs and do them well. Do everything you can as well as you can. It’s really important, but understand that even though we put out a lot of information about different ways to do exercises, why to do them in certain ways and things like that, you don’t need to understand all of that to be able to get value out of the training. You don’t need a degree in exercise physiology to be able to exercise and get good results. You don’t need eight years of medical school and two years residency to go to the doctor and get a flue shot. That’s what we’re doing, is we make the flu shot. You just have to pull down your pants …
Ryan: Stick your arm out there … Yeah.
Andy: … Pull down your pants and take the needle, right? That’s all you got to do. I guess they do it in the arm now, so you can keep your pants on, even better.
Ryan: Yeah, but that’s a good point. While I think it’s great, if you want to learn more about the why’s of what we’re doing, intelligence is a good thing. Like Andy said, it’s really about, in the beginning, of just getting the results. In order to get those results, just doing the work, trusting in the process and doing it as well as you can. That’s really it.
Andy: Yeah. Don’t let trying to learn someone else’s job distract you from doing your own.
Ryan: All right. Obviously, this is something that we’re pretty passionate about, because we like to do things and do them as well as we can. That’s really why we continue to with GMB. We wouldn’t be doing this is we just wanted to half-ass it.
Andy: We’d just be five asses.
Ryan: We would.
Andy: Which, on three guys would look awful.
Ryan: We should be working out more, because that’s kind of a big ass. Do your job. Do it well. Enjoy the process. I always say this a lot, but trust in the process and enjoy the process, and things will be good.
Ryan: All right, thank you so much for listening. Until next time, see you.
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