These days it’s all the rage for fitness professionals to take a stand on issues facing the industry. After all, everybody wants more hits to their website, more comments on their articles, and more shares on social media.
As it turns out, one of the easiest ways to elicit the desired viral response is to make blanket statements like Lift heavy, Never do crunches, and Forget traditional cardio, just lift weights faster.
The truth is that when it comes to training no matter how black and white many “experts” make things out to be most issues come in shades of grey. Everything exists on a continuum.
Sure, with this approach we lose out on the top of the newsfeed. However, what we gain in terms of breadth of training adaptations far exceeds the results that come with a narrow-minded, all-or-nothing approach.
Below, I describe ten of the most controversial and hotly debated subjects in fitness and how we might all benefit from plopping ourselves and our clients somewhere in the middle, instead of choosing one side of the debate over the other.