Anyone who chooses to present ideas that they believe are "cutting edge," must be willing to subject their notions to scrutiny. If we believe that "anyone who disagrees with me is a moron and not worth my time,"
than we have little hope of converting anyone to our point of view.
I found a fitness post I made a few years ago about balance training. Most of the responses were skeptical.
"Train on a ball! Are you kidding!!! No! You need to do 12 sets of leg extensions 3 times a week for ski conditioning!"
I was tempted to say the heck with it, and just provide information on my website, where it would not be publically discussed. Hopefully, by continually restating my beliefs, perhaps to the point of obnoxiousness
I have prevented a few injuries, and helped people recover from injuries a good deal faster than they would with a more traditional fitness program.
People who present "new ideas" need to be careful about how litigous, and overly "precious" they become about what concepts are really their own, as opposed to their own way of explaining a very old concept.
Take Harb's so called fitness book, "Ski Flex." What you basically have, for the most part, is a Hatha Yoga book with a fancy name. Are the originals Yogis, who believe in reincarnation, going to come back from the dead so that they can sue Harb for "stealing their ideas"? [img]smile.gif[/img]
I am also curious as to why someone who is so focused on balance, would create a "fitness book" that focuses so little on it. There are many cutting edge products that can be used to promote balance, but Harb chose to use only one product, which I believe he helped develop.
Flexibility is also a tricky issue. Some of the stretches in Ski Flex would actually make you have less dynamic balance, if these were areas where you already had too much mobility.
And anyone who is not a fitness professional should not be seen in a book, demonstrating exercises using atrocious form. Since he co-authored the book with a fitness trainer who is more or less a "toy boy," why not use said trainer for the fitness photos.
Enquiring minds want to know, but I guess we never will.