The Future of Our Industry (Lies In Our Past)
I have been in this business for quite
a few years now, and I have seen the industry trends go through
more changes than Michael Jacksons nose. I have always been
a believer of understanding our past in an effort to develop our
future in a bigger and better way. It is pretty hard to be innovative
if you dont even have a grasp of the concepts that the training
veterans have had their hands on for years.The old cliché
is so very true, To be a great teacher, one must first learn
to be a great student. As you may have gathered from some
of my articles, I am a bit annoyed with with this new breed of trainers
that are under the notion that anything new is automatically better.
If this was true, than why was Joe Montana such a great quarterback
20 years ago before the new school training protocols
even existed? Why did Arnold Schwarzenegger have a better physique
than any of the current pro bodybuilders (at least symmetrically
speaking)? The past in essence, is the future. If you lack understanding
of your roots you will not excel into what lies ahead.
I think one of the main problems with
many training systems nowdays is that they take one applicable segment
of training and contruct it to be the whole ball of wax. RNT or
Reactive Neuromuscular Training is one protocol I have found to
fall into this category. It has some very useful applications but
it would appear that its practitioners would very seldom do anything
in the gym that doesnt involve a balance board or an oversize
rubberband. This is great stuff for rehabbing a client or improving
balance in someone who has the stability of a 2 month old baby.
Other than that, as far as Im concerned, you can keep it.
Ive seen the clients who have been solely following these
protocols for extended periods of time and guess what? They look
the same as they did last year! In fact, I dont even know
that Ive seen any RNT trainers who are in shape. Im
sure there is one out there somewhere, but take my point for what
it is worth.
The truth is this
there is no one
perfect, all-encompassing training system. Take the time to learn
different approaches and educate yourself in every aspect of training.
Only then can we make an informed decision on what protocol is most
applicable to a particular situation. An elite athlete will likely
benefit from learning how to do cleans, snatches, overhead squats,
push presses and other such old school lifts much more
so than playing with oversized rubberbands. Nor will a bodybuilder
likely build a champion (or even a beach-worthy) physique pressing
the pink, rubber 7.5lb dumbells while standing on a balance board.
The supplement industry is the same deal.
There are so many innovative, cutting-edge products on the market
now and the industry has truly moved light years ahead of where
it was even ten years ago. However, there are still some less-than-reputable,
dishonest companies out there who have and will capitalize on what
you dont know about the industrys history. Theyll
come out with some bunk product containing ingredients that have
been on the market (and proven themselves not to work) for years
and market it as the lastest, greatest greek-physique-in-a-bottle.
Beware of the hucksters and learn your roots.
Another example would be soy protein.
The stuff has been poo-pood by the industry for years (and
rightfully so). All of the sudden, it is great for stimulating the
thyroid, improving fat loss, improving arterial health, blah, blah,
blah. The truth is, it is okay for women (in moderation) because
the phytoestrogens in the soy can competitively inhibit some of
the bodys more potent estrogens that may stimulate breast
tumor growth. It is also great for men who like having boobs. Guys
stop with this soy-kick or you will deserve what you have coming!
Generally when something has proven itself to be crap for years
and years and out of the blue it makes a giant comeback, you better
believe that comeback is financially fueled by the industry that
is making the product. Soy is a perfect example of this. Not to
mention, supplement companies can buy the stuff dirt cheap and boost
profit margins substantially.
If you want to fully understand the new
school, take the time to understand the old school. Henry Ford may
have not built the Porshe 911 turbo, but without his creativity
and innovative, mechanical brilliance there would be no Porshe 911
turbo. If Joe Weider had not invented the Weider Principles then
we would all be a bunch of uneducated, nerdy pencil-necks. Okay,
bad example (tisk, tisk). Nonetheless, understanding the evolution
of things will give you a greater discernment about training protocols
that make sense and training protocols that arent worth a