Major Sources of Influence

“A coach tells you what to do- The Thought Mentor teaches you how to think”


So who or what influences those who tell you what to do?

Some coaches say they rely on science.


The word science comes from the Latin “scientia,” meaning knowledge.

How do we define science?

sci-ence 1 orig., the state or fact of knowledge; knowledge   2 systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and experimentation carried on in order to determine the nature or principles of what is being studied   3 a branch of knowledge or study, esp. one concerned with establishing and systematizing facts, principles, and methods, as by experiments and hypotheses [the science  of mathematics]   4 a) the systematized knowledge of nature and the physical world   b) any branch of this: see NATURAL SCIENCE   5 skill based upon systematized training [the science  of cooking]

Simply stated- scientists are searching for the truth!


Some Coaches Incorporate Anecdotal information

1 a: of, relating to, or consisting of anecdotes <an anecdotal biography> b: anecdotic 2 <my anecdotal uncle>

2: based on or consisting of reports or observations of usually unscientific observers <anecdotal evidence>

3: of, relating to, or being the depiction of a scene suggesting a story <anecdotal details>


 Yet Because of drug use some studies have become-

“Junk science”

Is a term used in U.S. political and legal disputes that brands an advocate’s claims about scientific data, research, or analyses as spurious. The term may convey a pejorative connotation that the advocate is driven by political, ideological, financial, or other unscientific motives.

Therefore what the majority of (drug using) professional Bodybuilders are doing “scientifically” may be of no value to you at all.

Discovering Error

Question the premise not the “belief/evidence”:

prem-ise   1 a) a previous statement or assertion that serves as the basis for an argument

Over a period of time- I have discovered what works for me. It is not anyone’s system- it is as I have said- a discovery.

So how did I arrive at my truth?

It wasn’t by asking someone else questions that only I could eventually answer!

How do I know that? I tried it for many years.

I ended up discovering that I was a completely unique individual with my own “finger prints”. My own unique metabolism, recovery rate, muscular insertion, structure, energy levels and genetic potential. And after lots of years of practice I learned how to think for myself. And when it comes to training and I see a “new” system I ask myself a few qualifying questions-

  1. Where did it come from?
  2. When did this belief begin and why?
  3. Who taught this?
  4. What was their “success” rate?
  5. Did they use it themselves?
  6. What is believed (claims)  about this method (or system) and why?
  7. Was it true (fact/science) when it was first introduced/believed?
  8. Is it true today?

If the system in question can survive this scrutiny, then it can make it to the next level.

It is almost always fruitless to argue with someone else about what is best for them or for everyone. Once someone believes something it is hard work to convince them of anything otherwise.


Because they are usually invested and have “evidence” ,  “confirmations”, testimonials or are otherwise convinced about what they believe- yet they may not know why they believe it except that this is what their coach told them what do and they did realize some measure of progress.

And even if I know the truth about what works (produces desirable results) for me- does that mean that it “works” for everyone else?

If you are reading this- you already know the answer to that.

For me there is yet another source of information.

Not a popular one because it assumes that we know how to think, and that we apply this ability into processing our methods and conclusions.

Yes, it is the Experiment. And whether you want to believe it or not- that is what your coach is doing right now. He or she is trying to figure out what works for you!

So you try different things. Oh sure, there is a “blanket” philosophy- and there are “recommended” sets and reps- but if they are smart and want to keep you as a client they are paying very close attention to what is happening in your body and mind as they make their recommendations- because they want to find out what works best so that they can recommend that!

So …you can help your coach become an even better coach by giving them detailed feedback because you live in your body and are aware of how you feel more than anyone else.

Still trying to get the angle of the Black & White



6 Responses

  1. Looking good! I like the B&W contrast. As a client of some 20 years, I can atest to your skill at utilizing the “experiment of one” and the “rate of John” approach of coaching. Thank you for your perseverence in making me the anecdotal “come back king!”
    Dr. John

    • Hello Dr. John,
      Thank you for dropping by. We have had some real adventures, and I have witnessed you display uncommon courage as you have successfully come back from every physical challenge over many years. I am using the same style of training and the same equipment you have used as I prepare for the Eclipse. Any predictions?

  2. In a word Carlos, IMPRESSIVE. it occurs to me that the eclipse is taking place on many levels and not just on the exterior. Perhaps the you of your earlier youth, is being eclipsed by your present, wiser, stronger (all around) and more experienced you. A work of priceless art formed in the gym, and molded by the heart and soul of a champion. Well done!

    • Thank you Scott.
      I know that you know from personal experience what it takes to effect a true Transformation- your words are extremely encouraging.

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