“The Iron never lies to you…The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver…two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.” – Henry Rollins
I found this quote recently and it really made me think. How many times have we been around someone who says that they can lift this much, run this fast, etc. They’re always fast and strong, at least according to what they say. Once you get them in the weightroom (or on a stopwatch), the reality just isn’t quite what you’ve been told. I think that a lot of the athletes that I have trained were “mistaken” about their strength and speed on that first day. It’s almost become a running joke for me during the initial evaluation – how far off from the athletes perception is the reality? I don’t think that I’ve done an eval yet where they ended up stronger than the thought they were. I guess that’s part of the neat thing about our business – you can tell all of the stories to others (or yourself) that you want to, but in the end, the weights and the stopwatch will tell the truth.