“Everything You Do Has A Cost, But Not Necessarily A Benefit”
I’ve been involved in the fitness industry professionally for almost 13 years. I’ve been exposed to 1000s of books, research articles, seminars and conversations on fitness related topics.
I rarely read something that makes me stop and go….”yep.”
Couldn’t have said it better.
I’ve seen football players injure a disc by attempting to get their max squat from 415 to 450.
I’ve seen basketball players crush their shins (and other things) on boxes they are attempting to “jump” on that are absurdly tall.
I’ve seen endurance athletes log mile after mile without considering (some) time spent resistance training and the benefit that time spent would bring them.
All physical activities have a cost. What is the benefit of that cost to you?
This is a great excerpt from an article by Charles Staley. I think this idea gets lost in all the “harder is better” mentality…
“When “no pain, no gain” is your training mantra, pretty much any type of exercise or method is fair game, and generally, “more is better” tends to be the rule. This philosophy is flawed however, and here’s why: Whenever you touch the bar, the only guarantee is that you will pay a price of some kind – there’s no guarantee of benefit whatsoever. These costs include time, energy, risk of injury, and perhaps most important, time and energy that might be devoted to other important things, such as your family or career.
With that in mind, it strikes me as wise to focus less on the gross receipts and more on the net profits, so to speak. In other words, to borrow an old saying, “It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep.” Seek the most possible bang for your buck. Look for ways to save time and reduce any possible redundancy between exercises.
In my own training, I’m thinking a lot about what the costs would be, at age 54, to bring my 510 deadlift up to 550. I love the thought of being able to pull 550, but honestly, when I think of the amount of time, effort, and risk involved, it gives me pause. Perhaps my life would be better off if I pursued other goals (training or non-training) instead. I hope you’ll give similar examination to your own goals as well.”
Charles Staley