On November 17, 2008 the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals ended their NFL game in a 13-13 tie. Four quarters of football plus overtime and still no winner. But this game was not remembered for the teams' play on the field but for the comments of Donovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagle's Quarterback, after the game. McNabb was quoted by saying "l've never been part of a tie. I never even knew that was in the rule book." I know for the Philadelphia Eagles' faithful that this is not one of the fonder memories of Mr. McNabb, sorry about that, but I tell this story for a reason.
At the time McNabb was a IO-year veteran and a 5x Pro-Bowler. Since joining the league in 1999 the Eagles had been involved in 12 overtime games. Since 1974 seventeen NFL games had ended in a tie. But McNabb's admission became a lightning rod for criticism. A Professional NFL Quarterback didn't know the rule(s) of the game that he played, loved, and trained for his whole life?
I'm sure McNabb was more than qualified to be playing Quarterback for the Eagles, but that does not make him all-knowing when it comes to football. Having made the Pro-Bowl 5x in I0 years meant that he was considered one of the better Quarterbacks in the league at that time, but he is not an NFL Encyclopedia.
So, what does this have to do with Fitness?
I see a lot of claims and fads on Social Media, Infomercials, Papers, TV and more about health, fitness and exercising. Many of the people giving the info are Health Professionals, Fitness Professionals, Gurus and more. But just because there's a Professional title affiliated with someone's name, it doesn't mean they are the all-knowing. This blog is MY perspective as a fitness professional. I get to share things that I've learned, studied, and observed. I get to share common questions that I've been asked or questions that I have had regarding our health and fitness culture. That's what this blog is about. It's here to present, inform, ponder, challenge and hopefully motivate and inspire us to be the healthiest and happiest versions of ourselves.