10 Fallacies of Logic when it Comes to Training Programs
This outstanding piece appears on the blog of Faizal Enu, from Tampa, FL. He's an insightful participant in the DragonDoor forum.
Read his full account of these fallacies here.
I've been guilty of almost all of them as some point or another.
Here are a few teasers.
1) "I did my current program for 1 month and lost 6 lbs. Now I am not getting results, why do I suck so bad".
The fact of the matter is that the body changes to adapt to the changing demands placed upon it. In the first month, you made a change. Now you lost weight (or gained weight, whatever) to adapt. If you do the same thing, nothing needs to change. That is why your program HAS TO change. . . . . read more2) If I want to pass a test, I should train by taking the test over and over. That is the SAID Principle.
This principle is probably the most misunderstood in training. Lets take for example the RKC snatch test. There are a lot of ways to prepare for it, but what SAID is saying is that you get better at what you practice. . . . . . The mistake a lot of people make is that they practice the 100 snatches before they are ready to do 100 snatches. . . .
. . . . I had two people schedule sessions with me to get them to their snatch test numbers. They wanted workout. First thing I did is watch them snatch. I gave them corrective exercises. Both passed with flying colors in two weeks. read more
3) If I combine these programs, I will get the results for both.
This one is partly right, you will usually get the results of the program, but the bad ones. . . . . read more4) What is the goal of your training?
I will be honest with you, if you have under 18 months of training under your belt, you probably don't need to ask this question. In most cases, a generic program like ETK/RoP or Westside Barbell will work best for you. The reason I am not all type-A on goal setting for newbies is that . . . . . read more5) I saw this program on TV, I want results like that.
On Biggest Loser and the like, remember these are TV shows that entertain first, and education falls by the wayside. . . . . .read more6) I did the first day of the program, and I felt great - should I do more.
When you are looking at a program, you are looking for the results of the program, you are not looking for "tough workouts." you not only have to take into account intensity and volume, you also have to take into account . . . . . read more7) If I want the results of this program, but don't like/can't do this exercise, I will just substitute this one.
Usually the exercises asked for in this program are heavy, full-body like like deadlifts or squats. And the fact of the matter is that some people just don't have the stones to do those lifts. Well listen guys, . . . . read more8) Being surprised that an increase in one lift does not lead to an increase in the main lift.
For example, a lot of people are surprised that a increase in the leg press does not lead to an increase in the squat. Or that an increased bottoms up press may not lead to an increase in pressing. . . . read more9) If a program calls for this exercise, and I pick a harder variation for this exercise, the program will be better right?
Wrong Kimosabe. I hear this a lot with stuff like RoP and VWC. . . . . read more10) Asking "Which program is better?"
Look people, any program that has any type of long-term clout works for something, IF you do it. There is something hidden when poeple ask this question. . . . .read more
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