I think you have really sorted things out well. When I first looked at the site, I was expecting one of those "I have secret knowledge that no one else has" approaches. Instead, you always give reasoned explanations of what you don't agree with in the mainstream, and obviously don't reject everything that other people teach.
Listen, Doc, I am so glad that you recognize this. It is not my intention to come off as offended and stand-offish. I'm just very private and it's my hangup. There is a lot of other people's ideas here you know, and, I've even used a Charles Poliquan idea..hows that for open minded, lol? Well…I improved it a bit. Took out the pseudo-science "method" behind it but still…
People often ask about how you know who to believe, in all of the conflicting information on line and in print. I try to explain that you have to keep looking and reading, not give up, until you begin understand the reasoning behind their arguments, and you can begin to get a feel for who makes sense, and who starts to sound a bit iffy.
I agree. I think you have to approach everyone with a bit of skepticism and apply some critical thought to it. Including to what I write. What I write is designed to help those who don't usually think in that way to apply that kind of scrutiny. The last thing I ever want is for a bunch of people to kiss my ass and accept everything I say without question. I've said before that the worst thing that can happen to a man with potential is for people to kiss his ass. And the second worse thing is for him to start liking it.
It's an interesting dichotomy, though. You have to look critically at everything and try to begin getting a sense of what makes sense and what doesn't. But strength training is not an 'exact science' in that there is not a ONE correct answer to any problem. At some point you have to experiment and try things. How do I reconcile this? I can't tell people that they both have to pick and choose what makes sense and they have to try it before they can really know.
Well, a big difference in what I do is I try to make it so, should you try it, even if it doesn't work wonders, there is a high benefit to risk ratio. Most strength training out there, the risk is very high relative the reward! So if you were to say, what have I got to lose by trying this approach you could surmise you have your ability to sustain training to lose because the injury potential is very high, or the stress to recovery is not there, etc. This is why I reject cookie-cutters. There is so much LESS to lose with concepts that allow people to train themselves and so MUCH MORE to gain.
In terms of numbers, what we do here is simply more directly goal oriented. You don't do 50,000 reps of deadlift to get to a place that 10,000 would have worked.
So, I wasn't asking for anything other than a bit of satisfaction of my curiosity, not asking for any sort of credentials. But I'm only a little curious. As I said, I'm a pretty relational person, and always wish to have some sort of idea who people are; not just you, but anyone I correspond with. I'll be OK without any more detail than you wish to share.
I got that, completely. My response, actually, was aimed at this general sense with people that know of me that I am some unknown quantity, and not at your curiosity or any of that. I did not mean in any way to come across as offended or upset. I simply find it's better to be open and honest about how you feel about things than to have people not know where you stand, or where they stand with you. And personally, I have so far found it a great pleasure to have you here with us.
Heck, I need a medical expert to keep my on my toes on the health end of things!
When I first looked at the site, I was expecting one of those "I have secret knowledge that no one else has" approaches.
That's easy to put to bed. These were written back when I first started the site:
Soon To Be Revealed: Secrets
Strengh Training Secrets, Bodybuilding Secrets: Secrets, Secrets and Secrets Again
If that doesn't please you could always go to any number of one zillion bodybuilding forums and have some guru tell you how simple it all it and not to over-think it. Funny thing is they are right for the wrong reason. They have it backwards. We don't use our minds to complicate things..we use them to simplify them. In the beginning we have a million choices…in the end we find we have few. But you have to do the work!
It's funny that I said that back then because most of what I do, all the long long articles, are in the end meant to simplify things. And a large part of my problem with what passes for mainstream strength training information is that it is a bit like a Rube Goldberg approach. Take a one-step task and complicate the hell out of it so that it takes at least 20 steps to complete!