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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Quotes That Inspire

Brent Brookbush

Brent Brookbush



Quotes that have inspired my work in education and human movement science.

by Brent Brookbush MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS

In this article I share some of the quotes that have inspired me; as well as, those quotes that have I developed during my years of teaching that have inspired others. This is me, sharing with you, some of thoughts that have inspired and shaped the foundation of my work, hoping that some of these quotes may do the same for you. In bold you will notice a "title" that represents the concept to which I personally apply the idea intended by the quote below.

Most importantly, I hope this list grows. I am a fan of great "quotes" and this is a relatively short list. I look forward to learning your favorite quotes and adding them to this article. Please post your qoutes criticism's and comments in the section below for all to enjoy.

Feel free to share this article on your social media forum (social media widgets above) - if you would like to cut and paste a single quote please add a back link (hyper link to this article) to this article.

Thank you,


Stop re-inventing the wheel:

  • “See a need, fill a need” – Robots by Pixar

Who would of thought that a Pixar film could inspire a "Call to Action"

All Great Men:

  • "We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.“ - Isaac Newton

To advance is not divine inspiration, but addition to the body of work that preceded us.

To Those Who Would Cast Dispersion:

  • "On every road that leads to the future, there are a thousand men appointed to guard the past. The best that the least of us can do is not add to the immense dead weight that nature drags along." - Lincoln Steffens from "Shame of the Cities"

Behavior Modification and Leadership:

  • "You are not lazy, you simply have not found goals compelling enough to excite you" - Anthony Robbins

A picture of a quote, under a quote… maybe a got a little quote happy on this one ;-)

Be Inclusive, Not Exclusive:

  • “Just because you’re right, doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”

Integration over Condemnation - https://brentbrookbush.com/online-courses/articles/op-ed/just-because-you-are-right-does-not-mean-i-am-wrong/

On Rehab, Recovery and Performance:

  • "Stop Chasing Pain" - Perry Nickleston
    • This is an important concept popularized by Perry Nickelston and his company "Stop Chasing Pain "

My brother from another mother - Perry Nickelston's company - http://www.stopchasingpain.com/online-courses/online-courses/

Our Responsibility:

  • ¨It is not enough to increase the quantity of movement, if we can also increase the quality of movement" – B2

Unilateral Posterior Oblique Subsystem Integration - https://brentbrookbush.com/online-courses/articles/core-subsystems/posterior-oblique-subsystem-pos/

Practical Application:

  • ¨A program is only as effective as the exercise and techniques selected" – B2

One of my top 10 least favorite exercises - potentially dangerous, compensation reinforcing, and no practical transference. For more info check out - Kettle Bell Windmills

On an Integrated Warm-Up:

  • "You have 2 choices before you start training – improve the quality of human movement and optimize mechanics, or spend 10 minutes on a treadmill reinforcing your compensation patterns." - B2

Replace your general warm-up with exercises that will improve movement quality.

On Corrective Exercise:

Sahrmann/Brookbush/Fluegel Serratus Anterior Activation Progression

On Communication:

  • "Communication is the art of bridging the gap between the speaker's intention and the listener's perception" - B2
    • "In essence, saying what you need to say to reach your intended result, versus saying what you want to say" – B2

Snippet from public speaking workshop for NASM and Beachbody - //www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfkIXD83JZE&feature=share&list=PLVdLNhgFRxPazl2-6Bro-1kuTBt5nHB6g

On Business:

  • "A program that is not profitable is not sustainable" - B2
    • A program that does not generate revenue will fail, stagnate, collapse no matter how noble the cause. If the program cannot support operating costs, the people driving the program, and provide additional revenue for continued growth and evolution it is inevitable.

Like gears in a machine, programs require energy, maintenance, replacement of antiquated parts.

On Education:

  • Education is a "means" to an "end," not an "end" unto itself. - B2
    • Education must be student-centered and practical - leading to a set of skills that will enhance the likelihood that a student will achieve their goals.

Practical, student-centered education delivered in the format students request - http://www.brookbushinstitute.com/live-events/

© 2014 Brent Brookbush

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