There's a lot of wisdom in that. Things, good or bad, often come in threes.
*Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift = 3
*Clean & Jerk, Snatch, Press = 3
*3 x 10 = a classic rep scheme
*5-3-1 = Jim Wendler's Program (three rep schemes)
*Three Weeks = about as long as you can really, really push it
*Six Weeks (three weeks x 2) = overtraining (if you insist on continuing to push it anyway)
*Nine Weeks (three weeks x 3) = injury (if you ignored everything until now)
*Twelve Weeks = three months, a pretty standard duration of a meso/peaking-cycle
The following graphic depicts the RKC system's basic exercises. Three outer circles surround swirling transitionary spaces and a core where we find the center of the RKC universe, the swing. Although the lines are solid, it is not meant to be a static model. If it were animated, the components would rotate, swell, and contract and, as they did, exercises would at times be more prominent and sometimes disappear as they become obscured by others.
At first we'd swim in crystal-clear water, and we'd think, Hey, this is deep water here - we're real divers. Then one day the instructor took us to the edge of the continental shelf, about a mile off Puerto Rico. As we approached it we could see light blue and then suddenly dark blue, a dramatic dividing line. We were in about sixty feet of water, and we swam to the edge, and looked over. It just dropped away, a slope of eighty degrees, and you could see that the slope was teeming with life, finally disappearing into darkness. The image stuck: life thriving at the edge, and I've thought about it many times since, kind of iconic for the creativity at the edge of chaos.'
Chris's image was indeed powerful. And it turns out to be more than mere iconography, because there is good evidence that evolution is particularly innovative in such waters, poised between the chaos of the near shore and the frigid stability of the deep ocean.
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I often wonder if the "what-the-heck" effect is nothing more than a curious resulting order that emerges from a seemingly chaotic concoction of solid exercises. In truth, there is probably little that is chaos, just unexamined, and I hope the visual above may perhaps shed some light on the topic.