German Philosophy: Thesis. Antithesis. Synthesis.
This post sort of picks up on the advice from my last one. The advice being is that going to any extreme in life is dangerous and most likely going to lead to problems.
Now, let’s keep this specifically in the realm of strength, conditioning, and all the things that surround this field.
If you adhere to any one protocol 100% of the time you are going to get stale. In regards to the previous post, wearing lifting support equipment will limit certain adaptations in the body. And, on the other hand, never wearing them may hinder good nervous system adaptations from the advanced loading. The goal here is to find an equilibrium and experiment on yourself to see what happens when you switch things up.
After listening to the two part episode of Mark Bell’s PowerCast with Dr. Andy Galpin (www.andygalpin.com), this point was driven home in spades. The videos are below for your viewing pleasure.
Basically, any time you swing wildly on a pendulum from one thing to the next you are potentially missing out on greater benefits from other modalities you’ve chosen to ignore. Now this isn’t to say that everything works for everyone all the time. But, if you absolutely abstain from a certain modality, diet, or protocol, you have to ask yourself why? Have you ever tried it? No? How do you know? Well, the literature says so, I hear you say. Well, maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t. There are numerous studies you can google on the Placebo Effect. Some studies even show that a placebo can work even if you KNOW it’s a placebo! The mind is a very powerful thing.
The fact that being less stressed about eating an “unhealthy food” means that your cortisol levels won’t spike as much and while the food you eat may not be the best thing for you the lowered stress response won’t exacerbate the negative effects it may have on you like it may in someone who stresses out like crazy after eating a forkful of cake.
The point is that you have to try things and you have to stick with them for more than a week, a month, or even a year. Anything worth having doesn’t come easily (read: quickly). Wether that is strength, truly effective weight loss, skill acquisition, or even just the will to be consistent in showing up in the first place.
All of these things take time but, with time and patience, all are attainable. Don’t be quick to judge the merits of a certain technique or tactic, even if you find it silly. Science and studies aren’t about providing absolute truths. It's about experimentation and asking more questions. Experiment on yourself, take nothing as gospel, and find your own answers.
My final thought is this: the only right way to do something is the way that's working. I got that from Max El-Hag from www.trainingthinktank.com.
Thesis. Antithesis. Synthesis.