Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Search for the Holy Grail

"The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.
Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

- Erich Fromm

How much time, effort, and money is wasted by trainees looking for the perfect training split, routine, supplement, exercise, or piece of training equipment? If only they could spend that time, effort, and money on actual training, competent coaching, and good food, imagine how much further they would progress...

From time to time, we all get taken in by the slick marketing and we all hope that maybe, just maybe, the promises of the latest "Add 50 Pounds to Your Bench Press in Five Days!" routine will come to pass. But, statistically speaking, they never do.

Train hard. Work your weaknesses. Build your strengths. Get rest. Eat well. Be consistent. Keep a training journal.These are the "secrets" to long-term gains. It is simple, but not easy. It requires a long-term commitment and gains will not always be apparent, but stay the course and you will reap the benefits.

"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."

- Andre Gide


Barry said...

Hi Boris, I discovered your posts on CrossFit and I have recently been struggling with my squat technique after switching shoes. I found myself GM'ing out of the hole and it puts a lot of pain on my low back. I post about it some on my blog. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work!!

skidmark said...

Well said. Even a poor program worked with intensity is better than an excellent program not consistently practiced.

Just lift.

Boris said...

Hi Barry - thanks for dropping in. Check out the Squat Rx videos on YouTube if you haven't already. New shoes can definately change things - take your time getting used to them.

Skidmark - thanks and I agree completely.