If we want to learn something, we read about it, talk about it, doing something we're interested in and we research it. As this process unfolds we are gaining knowledge by understanding and knowing what that thing supposedly is. We gain knowledge in school, sometimes people get it at church or when we travel to different places around the world and get access to information. Now as important knowledge is and we may know a lot of things but how do you apply doing them? We experience certain things that you can't really explain and some people don't know what it's like to experience something. What makes you stand out is not always what you know but what you do.
As kids we have a vast imagination, creating something out of our minds that isn't even there and play with it and run and jump and using body language. As adults we analyze everything by finding out how to do this or that, what's wrong with this way or how can I do better from this angle and all other things. Sure it's good to figure out what you can do and what you can learn but being analytical most of the time takes the fun out of what you want to do. This is pretty interesting in the fitness field; people look at a weight or the machine and try to learn what goes up and how to come down, how to breathe, what exercise to move onto and eat this but don't eat that they're being analytical. Pick up a weight and either squat, press or pull that simple. On the cardio machine, pick your speed and run or walk and tone it down when you need to. Doing it creates the experience and do it with pleasure and fun. Lift, carry, crawl, hold a handstand and learn with as simple terms as possible not a million ways to do it wrong or right.
Yoda has said "you must unlearn what you have learned" so you gained all this knowledge now what are you going to do with it? The experience is far great than just knowing something, it's how you apply to what you may or may not know. This is where the real fun begins when you get to apply your knowledge to the things that make it worth learning. Say someone has become an online certified trainer yet never lifted a weight or done any real exercise in his life how would he experience teaching someone yet has all this knowledge and not a damn experience in actual training? That guy would be gone in less than a few months. Learn what you want to know and go out and experience it. Learning is only the beginning but the experience lasts a lifetime and doing something that gives you a reason why you learned something in the first place takes it to a whole other level. Here is a great example of knowing something as oppose to experiencing it; you read up on how to do an overhead press, you see the charts, the outlook and the technique on how to do it yet you don't want to experience actually lifting a weight overhead is just moronic. You have the knowledge but never actually done it so you're taking out the missing piece of the puzzle. That's what most trainers today are like, they have all this knowledge but never knew how to actually do them. The best way to learn something is by doing it and it'll make you stand out more.
Take a chance on finding what you're interested in and not just learn it but do it. Say you're a great debater on paper but never got up and actually debated you're taking what you know and not applying to the real experience. Take a chance and debate with fire burning inside you because you want to say something but it's hard to get it out I understand that but sometimes just going with it makes all the difference in the world. One of the most knowledgeable guys I know Jarell Lindsay has gained knowledge in physical culture quicker than most people and not only has learned how things go, he applies them in ways almost nobody today can comprehend, he is pound for pound one of the strongest young guys around and is not only strong but incredibly smart as well. Take a chance and not just learn something but put both our body and mind into it and you are not only challenging both sides of the coin but you get to experience and do something that most people only do one or the other.
Have a great weekend everyone and keep in touch and let me know what I can do to help you. Don't forget about getting a coaching session with me, I'll be open this weekend so check the site for details. Be awesome.