10.) There are NO Absolutes
In health and fitness, almost everything is up for debate. I honestly don’t know any other industry that so easily divides participants up into so many different “camps.” THEIR way is the BEST way, and there’s nothing you can say to change their minds.
Often each camp is trying to undermine each other.
Ever heard of a little thing called Crossfit? But Andy, don’t you mean Cross-shit?
Paleo. IIFYM. Powerlifting. Bodybuilding. Kettlebells. Bodyweight. Gymnastics.
Everybody has their “thing” and it’s always better than everyone else.
To tell the truth, I’m equally as guilty of being an absolutist. I used to loathe Crossfit and everything they stood for. Forget about form, it’s all about intensity and reps was what I said sarcastically to my friends and other fitness-enthusiasts.
Olympic lifting? Partly because I learned from some seasoned coaches at the University of Tennessee, the risk vs. reward for the Olympic Lifts, including the clean and snatch, didn’t match up.
So they were useless to me. After all, it’s just triple extension (extension of the ankles, knees, and hips in an explosive manner). I can get that from box jumping. FTW and all Olympic lifts.
Nutrition is equally as dividing. Gluten will kill you. Fats are the devil. Carbs make you fat. GMO cause you to grow an extra limb from your forehead and birth reptilian monsters that breathe fire…any GoT fans out there? Can’t wait for the next season to start!
What’s worse, is social media in the form of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. has given everyone in their respective fields a platform to spew their narrow view of the fitness world, and slather on a little hate here and there for anyone else that does things differently.
But the world isn’t so Black and White. We’re not in kindergarten here folks, and you know better.
If there was an ABSOLUTE BEST way to achieve your goals, we’d all know about it. If there was an ABSOLUTE BEST diet, we’d all know about it.
All we do know is that there are many ways of getting the job done. Barbells, kettlebells, Crossfit, bodybuilding, Oly lifts, etc. are just tools in the toolbox at our disposal to use as we please. We can only do the best we can with the knowledge we’re given, and continue to make progress towards finding the absolute truths, even when we know they don’t exixt. The answer will always be somewhere in the middle.
Ultimately, the BEST workout and the BEST diet is the one you’ll actually do. So find your thing. Rock it, and reap the rewards for your hard work.
Just don’t assume that you know better than everyone else. Come on. We both know that’s not true. Keep an open and supportive mind. Everyone has their thing, live and let live.