This is more necessary than ever… but many resist it

By Coach E

Starting in junior kindergarten and going to the end of my 5 year degree, I spent 20 consecutive years in formal education and I’m guessing most reading this will have spent within +/- 5 years of that.

That’s a long freakin’ time.

School makes up such a big proportion of childhood and early adulthood that it’s no wonder when formal schooling is done, we feel like the shackles have been broken and we can finally breathe and “do what we want”.

Unfortunately (at least in my opinion), many of those years were wasted studying topics that are of little value when we could’ve been taught practical financial skills, proper exercise technique, how to be successful in relationships and all that stuff we need everyday of our lives.

That’s why when I get comments like this, I get a little miffed:

“6 minutes of wasted talk. Just show the exercises.”

This was on my YouTube video about AC joint pain, where I described the condition then showed 3 exercises. I believe that especially with painful conditions, it’s necessary to understand at least a little bit (6 whole minutes) before diving into any exercises. Otherwise, you might as well just do a Google image search for “AC joint pain exercises” and follow the black and white line drawings.

But I see that this attitude is a by-product of the Instagram culture we live in where anything that doesn’t give you an immediate dopamine hit is simply “boring”.

Nor am I immune to this type of behaviour and I must be cognizant of dedicating the time necessary for a desirable result to my work, my interaction with others and even my own education and exercise, otherwise, I’m short-changing myself.

So yes, I can definitely improve my ability to deliver my message as concisely as possible, but I’m going to continue to educate because I believe that understanding improves application and ultimately – results.

If you’re cool with that, thanks for your patience when I’m blabbering and I’ll continue to do my best to help you move freely and without pain and if it means talking less, awesome – I get sick of hearing myself talk, too.

Coach E

About the Author

Eric Wong (aka Coach E) is the founder of Precision Movement and has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. He's been a coach since 2005 and spent his early career training combat athletes including multiple UFC fighters and professional boxers. He now dedicates himself to helping active people eliminate pain and improve mobility. He lives in Toronto (Go Leafs Go!) with his wife and two kids and drinks black coffee at work and IPAs at play. Click here to learn more about Eric.