Okay; I know knowledge is power, and that the more you know the more you grow, but I’m starting to wonder if this whole learning thing is a little over rated when it comes to fitness.
For starters there’s that whole paralysis by analysis thing. You know, when you consume so much contradictory information that you just don’t know what to do so as a result you do nothing.
More to the point, I think it may be a bit of a waste to invest in learning more diet and exercise information when you’re not using the stuff you already know.
I can’t tell you how many time’s people have come to me asking for advice and I turn the question right back around on them.
They ask me how they can improve their diet, or get stronger.
I just turn right back around and ask them the same thing.
They tell me they can cut back on alcohol, get more sleep, workout more consistently, and a whole host of other elementary things they could do.
I ask you, what’s the point of learning how to improve your pull up form if you don’t consistently do pull ups?
What’s sense does it make to buy a cookbook on low carb cooking when you still have the habit of stopping for cookies on the way home?
This is why I’m proposing that we flip our perspective around. Yes knowledge is important, and yes learning is good. But it can only do you any good if it’s applied on a progressive and consistent basis.
Scratch that, to hell with learning. Just do the following:
1- Get a program. Any program no matter what it is, from a magazine, a book, or just make one up if you like.
2- Practice it consistently.
3- Progress your ability to do it in frequency, Intensity and technique.
Those three steps will bring you results. They will make you stronger, faster and leaner. Even if you have a program from a personal trainer who got their certification from a Cracker Jack box.
On the other hand it doesn’t matter what you learn or what courses you take. If you can’t apply the work in a consistent and progressive fashion, then nothing can bring you significant and lasting results.
So maybe learning more isn’t always the solution. If you keep learning more year after year and you’re still going nowhere then it’s not the education that’s failing you. It’s simply a lack of good old fashioned elbow grease.
Yep, maybe it’s as simple as needing to dig deeper and work harder. It’s not politically correct to say someone just isn’t working hard enough (that doesn’t mean they are lazy btw) but what if that’s all that’s standing in your way?