The debatable leg extension or the crunches is my two main examples. These two exercise people have really been doing for years. In fact I knew some great athletes that these two exercise were part of their regular routine.
My point is everywhere you turn fitness professional seem to disagree with one another. What is the best exercise or which exercises to avoid, some say bad technique and other say it’s okay?
How do we educate the general population without added to the confusion?
you have a good point. But is it not true, that some quite different opinions can both be valid, particularly if applied to different people?
I used to get frustrated to no end when I went to the IDEA conferences and when two presenters, both experts in their field, seemed to say things that appeared to be a contradiction of one another.
When people ask me today about exercises and whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’, my answer invariably is “it depends”. Unfortunately, people like to think in absolutes, and it appears that everybody is so used to three minute soundbites that differentiated reasoning has gotten out of style.
The problem with educating the ‘general population’ is that there is no such thing. The general population is made up of individuals who, by themselves, defy the law of averages.
You have opened an interesting conversation, and I am curious to read what my colleagues have to say.