A Time To Listen – Rocky Hall

Rocky Hall – @Rocky.Hall 

The Arnold Sports Festival has just ended and what a great show it was. All your fitness enthusiast and some of the strongest people on the planet in the gather together. Columbus is home to the some of the world’s strongest gyms and host to biggest fitness expo on the east coast. Anytime you are lucky enough to attend an event like this you should use it as an opportunity to learn as much as you can. Pay attention to what other coaches are saying and attend as many events as possible.

God gave us two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we talk. When you meet someone who is knowledgable, it’s not the time to talk. Use this time to take in as much information as possible. Too many times I’ve seen people meet famous coaches and they use this as a time to try and impress them with their knowledge. One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. Ask some good questions and actually listen to the knowledge they are sharing. You don’t want to be remembered for the wrong reasons.

Larry King said, “I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” Some of the best advice I’ve heard about training actually came from me over hearing a conversation Louie Simmons was having with someone else. He had taken one look at the guys squat and already diagnosed his problem.The most important aspect of bringing up your squat, deadlift, or even olympic lifts is bringing up your back. The back is the weak link that most often fails in your heavy attempts. The legs can keep driving up but the lower back will fold and dump the load forward. He encouraged him to train the back with heavy good mornings, reverse hypers and back extensions.

I know it’s exciting meeting people you’ve looked up to, my heart raced when I saw some of my heros. You may even be a little star struck, which is fine, but don’t talk their heads off. When you meet someone wait your turn to speak with them, have some good questions in mind that you want to ask, be respectful, and most importantly: listen.

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