Bullshit.Grandpa's Spells wrote: Sure.
Since there's no one right way to train people, especially non-athletes with ambiguous goals, a smart trainer of these people will recognize his own biases and try mitigate them, while always realizing they're there.
Steve comes from a grappling background, and along with the fads he was exposed to over a very long career, those inform his methodology. They are going to be fundamentally different than somebody who spent a lot of time as a gymnast, or a T&F athlete, or a powerlifter. Since the client isn't any of these things, but many of them may be checking the boxes he is looking to check (healthier, stronger, leaner), you may have people from all these backgrounds training non-athlete normals or putting out products.
Since he's working with people who are not self-directed and love training for it's own sake (or they wouldn't need him) it also has to be fun. That may mean some novelty or shtick.
If he's getting his clients reasonable results that are relevant to their goals, and isn't advocating dangerous shit likely to injure them, he's doing his job.
You may think you have a more optimal methodology. Nobody cares.
As for wacky beliefs, nobody cares. People have almost stopped worshiping coaches, particularly those working with non-athlete adults. I didn't care if my dentist believes in The Secret. He's still a good dentist.
He's Lying. If you have to lie and obfuscate (or in sapdes in SM's case) and you have reveal to the world your massive empty cognitive bias hole...well then, that's a person that very much should be ignored. People who should learn to avoid this shit. Isos? No...SS? Ummm..No...
BW only training? perhaps..might be a great fit dfor some people, but if you caught the actual podcast, you'd have heard JR press him on how his teaching has become myopically adapted to what's in his suitcase, not what's optimal. If you want to bill yourself as the travel trainer..go for it...but don't sluice that doo doo to the gym breaux who needs to drop 20 pounds, get in a run and a squat once a week.
As for your mystical dentist...fuck that noise, he might be a skilled dentist...SM might be a skilled trainer..how would we know? We'd compare one against another. The level of intellect out there in the market (this market specifically) is wide ranging..I can find 4 or 5 people easily reachable that work in that modality (it's basically men's health GPP and or working with grapplers) that are far more qualified by a number of metrics...non of which involves a shtick or a hook. None of which involve working with people who believe in magic. Given the alternative, I like my rationalists to be rational.
If someone like SM is going to show you their ass, well then my son, that's what we call a CLUE that all is not right betwixt the ears. Taking an enormous swing at that low hanging fruit may be pointing out the obvious..apparently not for you because you still see the attraction of working with a substandard charlatan. The same can be said of most of the guru's still plying their tired trade, look for clues and you'll see why there's a smarter, more rewarding alternative that may actually work.
I only beat this dead horse because some of you neighbors are still trying to ride it.