So, one idea came to me while discussing things on the "For the T-Nation devout" thread that I thought I might run up the flag pole and see what members salute.
T-Nation offers an unprecedented level of interaction between the writers and consumers. IMO that interaction is largely one-sided. It has been said in the past that one reason that the Soviet weightlifting program was superior to the Western one is the level of control and monitoring that they had over their athletes. One of the things I posted up on the other thread and some agreed, was that there is a lot of anecdotal "evidence" that gets batted around the site.
As well, I think TC may've coined this term (if not, I'm coining it now) "vicarious mass". It has been said that you shouldn't necessarily judge a trainer by his physique, you should judge a trainer by his clients' physiques and not just by their physiques but the way their physiques have changed under that trainers' guidance a.k.a. "vicarious mass".
On the "Devout" thread, I was unofficially "called out" for not ACTUALLY doing anything, just thinking. I was thinking that I couldn't do what I was claiming, and then it occurs to me that I'm not alone. It?s time to start doing. If my concerns below could be addressed, I will/would post every two to four weeks (or more, or less) regardless of gain or loss, I will post parameters from Cressey's "28 Factors" article, I will posts the workout I used, the diet I used and the Berardi Parameters that fit into the "Massive Eating Calculator", the "Poliquin Type" I was or felt I was for that month. As well, I'm thinking of posting (like we already do) average bodyweight, % lean if I can, supplements used, morning RHR and temperature, Thibaudeau's strength reference lift results. If a coach or contributor would prefer other parameters they need only ask. I would consider this my "price" or "membership fee" to belong to T-Nation from now on. Don't see a post for the month? I haven't been on the site that month.
This idea solves several of the problems I posted above and in the other thread. Every program instantly has data to back it up, no more anecdotes. Coaches have MORE of a reason to contribute. Coaches get more recognition than just ?Nice program?.
Now, having promised all of that, here are my concerns:
For a variety of reasons I am the only one that does it. One data point is an anecdote.
That the forum is too informal, unstructured, and unregulated.
The data will be stuck in unusable formats and lying/cheating will be rampant. A database would make the data more usable (IMO), and anonymity would reduce (hopefully) lying and cheating.
In the ?devout? thread, I compared sports science to medicine, chemistry, physics, etc. What I?m thinking here is massive database, something like Beilstein, or Chemical Abstracts but somewhat more along the lines of SETI or Folding @ Home.
To be clear, I?m not ready to jump into action quite yet, and my concerns shouldn?t be construed as demands. I?m merely thinking of a way to help me interact with T-Nation and T-Nation interact with me and others.
Good idea? Bad idea? Impossible? Already exists and I've had my head in the ground? Concerns I?ve missed? Anyone?