Albert Einstein Says
By Vishwanthar on Training
May 9, 2017
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it.” Albert Einstein.
Yes, in all these years of coaching strength and conditioning I have tried to dig deep—studying books and articles, attending workshops, exchanging ideas, discussing with clients, etc. However, I have realized that you have got to make things simple in the end when it comes providing results, and not just explain the theoretical know-how. It is unnecessary to complicate things. For example, making the workouts complex to sound different from the norm is needless. I second the views of Einstein when he says that you need to simplify things.
Similar view by writers
Similarly, in the book Titled On Writing Well written by William Zinsser, he speaks about this rule in writing, that we need to remove clutter—a collection of things lying about in an untidy manner. He says, “Fighting clutter is like fighting weeds.” For example, to say “at this point in time” instead of “now” is clutter. It means you need to avoid unnecessary words. In gym parlance, there are several things to be avoided. I can pigeonhole on one or two important factors—abstain from executing unnecessary exercises and executing unwanted volume. Also avoid sounding like a scientist rather than a coach.
Operating the gym
Likewise, in my initial days of operating the gym too much of information overload didn’t allow me to be simple. However, as I gain more experience I now say that a coach’s prerogative is to just get the results. Similarly, I believe when Einstein, William Zinsser, and many more giants in their respective field support this statement, we need to heed, or get lost in information overload.
I will present a quote to sum-up the writing, as it may add value to what Einstein says. “Any fool can make things complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” Woody Guthrie.