“Rational” workouts versus “Empirical” workouts.
I wanna go ahead and pull out some philosophy stuff and apply it here with our goals of getting bigger and stronger. I don’t know how common this particular knowledge is, but for the sake making sure everyone is in the right page, let me explain the difference between rationalism and empiricism.
Rationalism is the belief that knowledge can only be gained through a process of reasoning. Empiricism is the belief that knowledge can only be gained through our senses. Until the Renaissance, these two beliefs were combating each other, proving which one is the better method of epistemology.
In lifting weights, if a brilliant exercise scientist looks at a workout program on paper, and through a process of reasoning, such as referring to great books, concludes that the workout program is “good”, then that workout program is GOOD.
In lifting weights, if a powerlifter looks at a workout program, does it, and sees with his own eyes that his deadlift went from 405 pounds to 495 pounds in record time, VISIBLY seeing another plate added on each side after a period of time in his one-rep max, then that workout program is GOOD.
Do you think one is better than the other? Or both have their own value and should BOTH be used? I have a slight feeling a good majority of you all here will hail the empirical approach to be superior but… Honestly, rationalism can be argued to be better as well.