Most people who have been around this game for a few years remember how EAS and MM2K revolutionzed the supplement industry, and how Charles Poliquin changed the way most of us think about strength training. I’m wondering what the next “big things” in strength training will be? By “big thing” I mean this: What idea is a) just starting to be discussed (or is rarely discussed) and b) is so valuable/helpful that is c) will be part of our collective knowledge in a few years?
There are three ideas that I think will be mainstream (well, mainstream to hardcore types, anyway) in a few years, but that are rarely discussed today:
The effect inflammatory foods have on preformance and injury prevention. I first started paying attention to the inflammatory effects of food after reading a chapter on it in Dr. Craig Leibenson’s book “Rehabilitation of the Spine.” Since avoiding almost all foods considered inflammatory, my old injuries have not flared up. Ineed, my last ART session was over 7 weeks ago!
Acid-base balance in meals. I haven’t seen anyone besides John Berardi discuss this. I used to think that I didn’t need to eat my vegetables since I obtained nutrients from my multi-vitamin/mineral and my fiber from other sources. But after reading some articles on acidity and injury-prevention, I began taking a greens supplement (I use Barlean’s and Greens+) and eating more vegetables like spinach, my joints don’t hurt nearly as bad as they used to.
Training the scapular region. Years ago articles in MM2K and T-Mag discussed the importance of training the rotator cuff. Although I trained my rotator cuff, I still suffered shoulder injuries and had other muscle imbalances. My ART provider (Tarek Adra) had me begin training my scapular region. Since then, old “knots” that kept me from sleeping at night have not re-formed.
Those are three ideas that I think have major implications for every serious athelete, but that are too uncommonly known. What are some ideas that you think are underdiscussed and that will have major implications for T-Mag readers?