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I had a big discussion similar to this on another thread where it was about whether to "shut up and follow" or to ask lots of questions of your coach. The devil is likely in the details for these kinds of debates. The "it depends on the exact situation" response is likely most correct here.That's precisely what happen everyday to most people when using their technology gadgets. As far as they are concerned, tv sets, cell phones, planes and satellites "magically" work.
I get where you're coming from and I'm the same. But most people wouldn't give a damn and they still make progress when following ANY program.
Over-analyzing things is a common trait we share. And trying to constantly improve any program we lay our eyes on is too.
That's why, quite frequently, we make slower progress instead just trusting the program and do the work.
Having your appendix removed is way more dangerous than following blindly S&S. And yet, most people won't try to tell the surgeon how to do his work.
And I say this being the guy who is always trying to understand everything I come across (and subconsciously trying to find gaps).
That's why, after having dissected and analized dozens of Dan John's programs, I trust him implicitly.
But I still experience the urge to know the why.
Most professional athletes don't know the whys and, still, the perform superbly.
Knowing the whys is always better. Always.
But that doesn't mean you will follow the program as is it, thus reaping the full benefits.
I still think we are saying the same thing... but the wording we use is a bit different.