08 Aug 2010 20:46
When is a program a program and when is it programming methodology? Easy. A program is a program when you are doing it exactly as it has been written or planned. And it is "programming methodology" when somebody spins it into one. Always realize that the underlying principles that drive a "program" are more important than the program itself.
The question to ask about principles versus programs is which came first. We can use our experience with training to make many observations. While making those observations we may be using programs, or routines. We can then take these observations and derive philosophies and principles. If the observations are sound and the conclusions we make from them are sound they will apply regardless of the programming methodology. In other words they will have a good chance of being generally true rather than true only if we use a particular way of programming.
28 Jul 2010 20:44
Lots of trainees ask whether they can get a torn bicep from deadlifts. Actually there are three related questions which I will introduce one after the other:
21 Jul 2010 17:21
My last post about strength training and nutrition dogma dealt with the downside of the popular and untested beliefs that we cling to in the face of little to no evidence. Even so I pointed out that not all beliefs which appear to be dogmatic are "bad". Well, it just so happens that I think there are worse things than dogma.
15 Jul 2010 17:53
In my post, Instinctual Eating, Thin People, and Appetite, I discussed eating from the perspective of one life-long thin person.
My problem is not, therefore, keeping off fat but eating enough to maintain my strength and of course to continually get stronger. For a person like me that is not so easy to do and involves what seems like a lot of eating. Back when I was still suffering from the bodybuilding affliction it was even worse.
15 Jul 2010 17:20
By Eric Troy
Once in a post about Micheal Pollan's ideas about "nutritionism" and instinctual eating I made the following statement:
“…nutritionists would never tell you that simply eating by your “instincts” is a magical ticket to health.”
05 Jul 2010 21:58
The last post about the concept of optimal strength training was more philosophical than practical. Even so, many practical ideas are derived from an underlying philosophy concerning training. Nevertheless, I promised to get more technical and “sciency” in the next post so this one is about science itself being applied to strength training.
29 Jun 2010 21:20
The last few posts in this series on failure were specific, technical, and practical, I hope. But I did warn you that some of the posts would be more philosophical and general. This is one of those posts. The next one will be chock full of sciency stuff, I promise. I think the subject of this one is just as important, though.