Fantastic Logical Leaps
By Eric Troy
Bench press is especially prone. These leaps,when they are used, seem like perfectly sound reasoning to the practitioners.
Sort of like, I did deloaded barbell rows and my bench press shot up. The funny thing that happens, is that a guy gets 20 more lbs on his bench press after years of struggle, and it just happens to coincide with these (hypothetical) deloaded rows, so not only is an unjustified causal inference made, connecting a 'cause', the rows, to a DIRECT 'effect', the new PR on bench, BUT the rows also become a KEY INGREDIENT of bench press success in general. So, here we have a guy who can bench press, say 250, and works his way up to 270…not only are the rows deemed the secret to that additional 20lbs, but they also become a key ingredient in "achieving 270lbs" even though 10000 other things and a couple of years of training happened to get to the 250, none of which had anything to do with barbell rows.
The more authority the guy has (on the internet!), if he passes this around, the more chance this has to become dogma which will stick for years to come, all owed to an anecdotal experience that lead to an unjustified assumption.
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