If you’ve been following my work for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate of pure sciences like Kinesiology and Biomechanics and don’t find a majority of the studies floating around to be of any significance. However, in some areas of fitness such as nutrition and supplementation, I do acknowledge analytical experiments performed correctly to draw conclusions, simply because sometimes there is no better alternative at that moment.
But off late, I’ve come across a lot of respected names in the industry relying on EMG (Electromyography) studies to make exercise recommendations.
In this video, I’m going to explain exactly why EMG data is worthless and cannot be relied on.
As some of you may know, I was out on vacation from the 23rd to 30th of this month visiting my native place of Kerala after 11 long years! One week of rest and relaxation in what’s called as “God’s own country” with absolutely no connection to the internet whatsoever.
And this blog is my way of saying “I’M BACK!”
But during my time there, I had some interesting experiences which have been both thought provoking and insightful across multiple areas such as fitness, my own self and life in general. So I thought of summing it all together and present to you all 7 lessons I learned during my trip to Kerala. Here we go…
The weight lifting belt has long been considered one of the most common and useful tools in one’s training arsenal. From the average trainee to elite power lifters, the weight lifting belt is a common accessory amongst these folk. However in the last few years it has become increasingly apparent to me that the average trainee has absolutely no idea what a weight lifting belt does and how to use it.
Not too long ago, I came across a man wearing a weight lifting belt while doing barbell curls. Before I could react with a classic “facepalm”, I noticed another guy wearing one as well and doing…. SIT UPS! My jaw dropped.
Allow me to quickly break it down for you…
Wearing a weight lifting belt while doing sit ups is actually counterproductive to the exercise. The whole point of a belt is to resist trunk flexion; the whole point of doing sit ups is to flex the trunk by contracting your abs.
In this video I’m going to discuss everything you need to know about weight lifting belts. I will teach you how they work, how to wear one correctly, which exercises to use them for and whether or not YOU should be using one in the first place.
With so many different programs and so many training methodologies around, we often wonder what would work best for our goals. More often than not, we resort to trial and error and give them all a shot till we find something that works for us. The conquest to find the perfect training program never stops and we often get lost in this mess.
The problem with this approach is we end up wasting a lot of time. I see so many people in the gym hopping from one program to another making absolutely no progress in the weight room. And with all the hype and gimmicks surrounding these 4 week cookie cutter regimens, the average trainee is usually left extremely disappointed.
Today I am going to provide you an in-depth explanation of the different training approaches and the different set and rep schemes for four different goals – Strength, Hypertrophy, Power and Endurance.
Whether you’re training for any one of the above or any combination of them, you will find everything you need to know in this 30 minute long master class. Not only will you be able to start making tweaks to your existing protocol depending on your goals (Hell you can even make your very own personal training program. Go crazy!), but you will also learn the science behind different training regimens and why they work. You will also be able to spot a bad training program when you see one and trust me there are a lot of them! After watching this you might be in for a nasty surprise.
You don’t want to miss this!
I hope you found this insightful and learned something new. I have equipped you with the tools and knowledge you’ll need to structure and design your very own training regimen. I’m sure you guys have come up with a lot of ideas to make modifications and tweaks as you progress towards your goals. Drop a comment down below and let me know what you think.
Keep learning, keep growing!
In recent months, the online fitness community has seen a drastic shift. From steroid accusations to filing lawsuits for defamation, it’s safe to say – SHIT JUST GOT REAL!
Or has it?
Amidst all this drama and name calling, the average layperson is left with little knowledge and more soap opera like entertainment. Instead of trying to play this down and get back to business, most of us have joined the band wagon and started supporting this nonsensical situation.
The online fitness community is now divided into two factions- “The Bros” who believe in trial and error and drawing conclusions from personal experience and “The Science Mofos” who follow pure sciences, clinical trials and analysis to support their training, nutrition and supplementation.
While I personally feel the latter is a better approach, both these parties have a huge following.
And here’s where the problem comes in. Most of us are so fascinated by these “larger than life” personalities that we forget that everything that they preach is subject to question. We blindly take their advice as fact and do absolutely no research on our part. And when another party calls out or questions their knowledge we allow our personal biases to get in the way and do not welcome any form of argument. The mere thought of our heroes possibly being wrong is hard to imagine.
Why are we so naive and ignorant? Why do we allow ourselves to be subject to blind faith?
Instead, let’s employ the ability to critically think and assess. I do not expect you guys to go research clinical trials and analyse data nor do I expect you’ll to study pure sciences like kinesiology and anatomy. I merely want you to question – WHY?
Tomorrow when your favorite bodybuilder tells you something like- “Chest Dips are the best exercise for the Pecs”. Ask WHY. And when you receive an answer like – “Well because I feel a good stretch and it pushes blood into the muscle”, ask if those things are actually an indication of hypertrophy or effectiveness of a particular movement. Be inquisitive. Be skeptical. The more you ask the more you’ll learn.
Always remember facts are facts irrespective of who says them. People love giving advice. Your doctor, your trainer, your nutritionist, your family, your friends and Old Uncle Joe who seems to know everything about everything. Most of what you’ll hear from them is personal bias and cherry picking data to support their theories. Most “experts” will answer queries in a manner which seems very convincing and their charm usually rubs off and people end up buying their pseudo-science explanations.
Do not fall for that. Always strive to seek the truth and I promise not only will you save precious time and money but this simple skill will take your personal development and fitness to a whole new level.
Before I close I would like to leave you with something to ponder upon. This video highlights a debate I had with Ian McCarthy in July this year. Over the last few years Ian has made a name for himself by putting out well researched information and calling out “Bros” on YouTube for giving bad advice. However when I questioned him about a particular subject, it lead to an intense discussion which ultimately revealed that Ian himself was guilty of acting like a “Bro”.
Watch the video below:
Anyway, I hope this helps you realize that everything that comes from a person who looks like they know what they are saying isn’t necessarily accurate and in many cases is far from the truth. So stay wise and be on high alert. Develop and harness the skill of critical thinking and exercise it everywhere. It is truly your only weapon to fight against the ever increasing swarm of misinformation and misguidance.