by: Brandon Richey–Get Free Updates And Training Guides Here
The Strategy Of No Strategy
Over the years it seems that with the implementation of the internets, the YouTubes, and the ever-growing blogoshere that there are tons of information on strength training and athletic performance strategies that are literally available at the click of a button.
However, with all of this information flooding every inch of the World Wide Web there still stands to be some confusion involved with a large portion of the “real world” in terms of what to do when it comes down to getting in shape for a specific purpose. This seems to be the case whether it be for a truly challenging endurance event such as the Tough Mudder or with trying to dominate on a platform during a powerlifting meet.
Obviously there is some crossover when looking at the spectrum of human performance, but what kind of strategies should one look towards implementing when trying to find out for themselves what needs to be done? In other words what is relative to each individual?
I mean despite all of the readily available training information that can be derived from the internet it seems that a significant portion of the population only seems to notice the strategy of no strategy…meaning that many are still lost in the process of searching for what is best for them.
This is where I would say that the strategy of having no strategy is not the greatest idea, especially if you’re looking to put yourself into a position to compete with a number of other persons, or obstacles within a given sport or event.
The key to your success is making sure you are prepared for whatever it is that you are doing. Now this may sound obvious, but the fact still remains that for many confused trainees searching for answers it’s basically like a factorial equation causing them a continuous struggle in their search for optimal physical preparedness.
I’ve personally witnessed this with flaky students from time to time over the years and we’ve also seen this by having been exposed to that typical gym hopper that bounces from gym to gym among your local training circles. The result is that these particular individuals usually end up trying to do too many various things at once in their search for a sound training strategy without ever really settling on one plan and getting anything done.
They lack basic skills and certain physical development because they have failed to slow down and master one skill before jumping ship to try and tackle another. Sound familiar?
So I know what you’re thinking…coach what is a factorial equation? Well let me first allow the following video to demonstrate how a factorial problem works to give you an idea of the direction I’m heading with this.
Now as you can see with a deck of 52 cards each shuffle that you make and every shuffle that every man, woman, and child has ever made since the existence of a 52 card deck is the first order of cards that has ever been made. I know that’s crazy to think about, but it’s true.
So let’s take this factorial equation and look at our gym hopper friend that has subscribed to jumping from exercise to exercise, program to program, gym to gym, and halfway preparing for competition to competition. This type of person already has a decision making problem and at the end of the day only comes up more confused because of so many strategies that he/she has tried to adopt that they become paralyzed and end up subscribing to the strategy of no strategy!
Well let’s assume that there is a set order of exercises and skills that our gym hopper friend is looking at in order to try and master a particular level of performance for an upcoming athletic event. Let’s just assume that he’s looking at about 12 different exercises to use in various ways within a given program.
The way the factorial equation works is that if we are to arrange the exercises in every order possible then we would configure this by starting with the number 12 (because there are 12 exercises) and multiplying 12 times 11 times 10 times 9 and so on and so on.
Now this is where this is interesting because that number having only 12 different exercises to arrange within that given program means that they can potentially be arranged in 479,001,600 different ways! Now considering our friend here is plagued with the ability to be indecisive and can’t stick to the order of anything you can see where mastery of a certain level of physical performance could potentially be a great challenge for him.
I mean that is one big freaking number and the skill of programming exercises in a smart and sensible manner just needs to come from a professional. The variables, the needs, and the results have to be narrowed in order for there to be an optimal outcome related to the individual’s preparation for their relative sport or event.
The point is that you don’t want to subscribe to the strategy of no strategy because there are just simply too damn many variables to consider. If you are looking to prepare yourself physically for a certain sport or event then don’t think you can always beat the odds if you are unsure of the variables and totally inexperienced in programming for a special need.
Instead it’s always best to leave it up to the professionals to take care of helping you with those skills and tasks you don’t have time to study yourself regardless of what field it is. The same goes for me if my computer dies while typing out this article. Trust me, I’ve got a friend to call for that, because I’m not going to have the time to tackle it myself.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and please feel free to post up below in the comment box. I always enjoy getting your feedback. Keep training smart my friend.