To stay on course and reach your destination a good working compass and a up to date map is necessary. The compass must be oriented to true north, if not and it is oriented to magnetic north then you will always be a few degrees off course because magnetic north is constantly shifting. In coaching true north is a sound training philosophy based on a blend of applied sport science and practical experience. Coaching philosophy is the anchor, the core of your belief system in regard to training and rehab. The map is your training plan to assess where you are in relation to your current destination.
As a practitioner nothing annoys me more than to read an article or attend a presentation by an “expert” who espouses one thing one year and something else the next year. There is no question that we continually learn and modify our ideas but core beliefs in training should not change, core beliefs are the true north, only the map changes to fit the appropriate destination. There are no shades of gray, this is as clear as black and white. Have your beliefs, make sure they have substance and a sound scientific foundation, build your training program around them and don’t compromise. If you don’t do this you will be all over the map following the latest fads, chasing rainbows, and your results will be inconsistent.