Other/Mixed What is the only thing everyone can agree on when it comes to training?

Other strength modalities (e.g., Clubs), mixed strength modalities (e.g., combined kettlebell and barbell), other goals (flexibility)
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jca17

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Wiping yourself out with intense exertion, or even just doing a few reps with the more objective intensity measure of %max will not matter if you only are doing it once a month. If that's the intended meaning, I guess "consistency trumps intensity" might be less ambiguous. And heck, that's probably the most agreed on thing in fitness. There's even monetary incentive for the less knowledgable or even intentionally controversial coaches to agree :)
 

Bill Been

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And conversely, if you employ "intensity" as %1RM, it's meaning in strength training, it becomes equally clear that working with very light loads with metronomic consistency is just as ineffective.
 

North Coast Miller

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Consistency AND intensity.

Consistency = the consistent lack of agreement over what works, let alone what works best.

Intensity = the level of self-identification with methods one has embraced (and disassociation with methods one has rejected).

And....you gotta train to failure. :D
 

JeffC

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The body will adapt.

Good or bad the body will adapt. Depending on your lifestyle and activity level and quality you can make your body strong and resilient, or dysfunctional and injured.
 

krg

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OK - shooting for something we can all agree on:

Don't smoke
Wear a seatbelt (in a car)
 

Bill Been

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The body will adapt.

Good or bad the body will adapt. Depending on your lifestyle and activity level and quality you can make your body strong and resilient, or dysfunctional and injured.

Nice. With the General Adaptation Syndrome model in mind - a Stress is followed by Recovery then an adaptive response in the direction of making the Stress less threatening in the future.

It's important to understand that retiring and sitting in a chair watching reruns of Matlock - is a Stress. The "Recovery" in this "backward-running" paradigm is better labeled as "Response" and the subsequent Adaptation is detraining culminating in the active shedding of that which is no longer needed: the ability to produce appreciable force, then finally the ability to move.

So while we can argue about what constitutes positive stress and how much may be required, the model can at least clarify how we might speak a common language about such things.
 
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