I love the variety of articles on T-Nation. Many authors, many opinions, and inevitably they contradict one another.
Thing get criticized on the spill (though it pales in comparison to forum analyses we used to have) but not really that intensely.
One thing I don’t get: T-Nation likes to host these “round tables” where guys might vaguely disagree with one another about minor issues while tending to get along and agree on a bunch of stuff.
That’s cool, but kinda boring. I want to see fights. I want to see the authors on T-Nation who are identified as holding polar opposite viewpoints on an issue, and I want to see them debate it out.
Case in point, recently this March, there have been 2 threads:
21st: http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/5_training_strategies_for_fuller_muscles by Clay Hyght
23rd: http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/stretching_is_bs by Menno Henselmans
If you check out page 2 of Clay’s article, point 4 is “Stretch While Full” and he says things like:
[quote]I highly encourage you to stretch ANY time. Stretching is one of the most undervalued tools we have available to us, both in terms of performance and injury prevention, as well as appearance.
Plain 'ol stretching itself helps to reduce the constrictive force fascia puts on muscle.
There’s also another benefit to stretching in regards to muscle fullness other than putting tension on and expanding the fascia. It appears that if done with ample tension and duration, stretching actually stimulates the muscle to lengthen by laying down new sarcomeres.
If, in fact, we can get a muscle to add length via new sarcomeres, then that muscle will have more overall volume and will appear fuller, especially when flexed.
The results I’ve seen with stretching a body part immediately after training it while still full of blood have really surprised me. It works very, very well, not only in terms of muscle fullness, but also in terms of enhanced visual striations, especially in the chest.[/quote]
Then, but 2 days later, Menno comes at us with stuff like this:
[quote]Static stretching does not increase strength or muscle gains from resistance training.
The assumption of most stretching programs is that muscle length increases. However, this is based on outdated and methodologically flawed research with improper use of terminology.
When you stretch a muscle, no permanent structural adaptations take place.
You can’t increase a muscle’s length by stretching it.[/quote]
I don’t know who’s right between these guys, but am I wrong to see contradictions between some of their statements?
I want to see research vs. research, DC/CSCS/CISSN vs. ISSA CPT. Can we make this happen?
This isn’t the first time either, there’s dozens of cases where articles here contradict each other and I think it would be totally cool if the authors are still around and contributing to come at each other full force so we can learn from the explosive debate of ideas and theories.