Strength Training SCIENCE?

Posted on 03 May 2016 22:21

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Throwing around the word “science” tends to legitimize any argument.

Have you ever noticed how MUCH Indians love throwing the word "science" around? I know a lot of my viewers are from the West and Australia but I was surprised to see so many Indian fitness channels out here. Not like mine - I'm a strength only guy I don't pander to anyone just to get my view count up. What I observed is that the more Indians throw around the word "science", the more the Indian audience loves it. You can use the word “science” to justify ANYTHING and it will fly. Let me give you an example.

There is a channel called Alpharaj who made a video ridiculing one of India's fitness academy's named K11 because the founder posted his own video in which he talks about racking the bar on fixed pegs and how if the bar is unevenly racked it is easier to set the bar by picking it up one end at a time than picking it up from the center and righting it, because…wait for it…. HALF THE BAR IS ALREADY THERE!


Half the bar is already there


This video cracked us UP Saturday night and we spent a good 45 minutes between sets of deadlifts that you are watching right now here hysterically laughing at this. So search for the video on YouTube if you like and I guarantee that it will entertain you! Of course, humor must be backed by facts and Alpharaj has given a detailed breakdown in actual physics with fulcrums and force movements blah blah of how walking the bar up fixed pegs works – and this is the geeky stuff, but you guys should check out the video just for the first half at the very least.

So anyway, back to what I was saying: over using the word "science". Almost ALL the other Indian channels like Desi Strength, some other vegan bodybuilding channel, etc and this stuff works. K11 teaches scientific ways to get big and strong, Alpharaj is here to debunk bodybuilding myths using science, Desi Strength wants to get strong using science and weight lifting…the same word is thrown around by everyone! The more I read these descriptions the more I want to warn everyone that the next time they hit the gym they are going to witness a gaggle of wanna-be lifters with microscopes and force vector machines and all kinds of “scientific tools” examining actual lifters progress and then these academics will go ahead and make agenda backed comparisons! So all these channels and YouTube authorities are following and preaching science yet they don’t agree with everything? Is there a scientific reason for this?


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Strength Training SCIENCE?

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Strength Training SCIENCE?



Let me tell you something: these guys, these channels harping on the word “science”, are NOT doing whatever it takes like Rich Piana would say - they are just catering to an impressionable audience using the fancy word: SCIENCE! Some of you who've been in the online world for a while will definitely relate to this. Remember that time when the word BIOMECHANICS was all the rage? Hey man, I want to squat deep but I'm using a wide stance and a high bar position. What am I doing wrong? Son, your biomechanics are all fucked up. You are tall with a short torso and long femurs therefore if you used your leverages correctly (oh ho! there's another fancy word) - if you used your leverages correctly you should try to maintain that wide stance and pick a low bar position so it forces your short upper body to remain upright! Remember this bullshit? Haha!

I had a deja-vu moment because one of the guys commenting on some video about deadlifts (you know I had to look to see what my fellow countrymen were lifting) said that you're tall you shouldn't pull conventional you should pull sumo because science says that long-limbed individuals need to pull sumo. He had a humongous number of upvotes on that comment with people saying "sir please make a video about this because it is so important to adhere to science while lifting". Man…. saying it out loud makes it seem like they were trolling him but they really weren't and this is hilarious.

Science does not say shit. If, however, you want to look at it in terms of hardcore DATA then just list the top deadlifters in the world, list their heights and list their preferred deadlift stances. What do you see? Conventional beats all. Does that mean everyone should do conventional? Well, science doesn't say shit and numbers don't lie so…. we're left with nothing. This data is not sufficient to make a decision for you! You have to experiment for yourself! Play around with the stance. Do you think you will have the same technique pulling 135 pounds as you will when you become strong enough to pull 455 pounds? Hell no! You will grow as a trainee - you will become more and more proficient and not only that but you may even change your stance completely! Leave room for that!

So here's the deal, for those of you who are really obsessed with science - I'm not talking to the guys who just like to throw some sciency sounding words around because they'll never be able to put their money where their mouths are; but the rest of you who actually do care about science, check out Eric Troy's brilliant article called What if the Fitness Industry Really Was Scientific?

Don’t get bought into something just because it sounds like science or the word science has been used. Science has its place and real lifting and training experience will always be more important. Case in point: we already KNEW that lifting helps with aging and compound movements will help with relieving pain, etc but it is only in 2015 that Queensland University in Australia actually proved this scientifically. So try to understand that science is not the end all and be all of lifting.

I have been putting up my training videos on YouTube since 2005 or something and I have noticed that two things sell. Science sells and sex sells. Sex isn't going to work for me and while practical hands-on hard result-oriented science would work for me: I am not here to sell you guys anything! haha!


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