Since “complexes” are apparently the new fad around this place their sudden popularity has reminded me of past ideas that had me shaking my head. Such examples include…
Split training producing non-functional muscles
Working out outside(think Coach Davies)
HIIT as the only cardio choice
Anything involving MMA
Am I missing any? I’m sure there are many more. And I realize I don’t post much and that in turn makes me totally worthless, but I have been registered since 2002.
I can’t believe that I have been around long enough to actually witness every fad/trend come around for a second time!
What bugs me the most about them is the smugness some trainers display when they resurrect a “long forgotten” exercise or system and try to pass if off as if it is new and superior to what everyone else is doing (including what they themselves were promoting months prior).
Usually they’ll claim that its all part of their methods “evolving” or “staying at the cutting edge” but how could that be when your evolving in a circular trajectory?
I have an endless list of examples, but here is one that everyone should be able to relate to:
People used to do low intensity “cardio” but then were told that HIIT was far superior. Everyone got on that bandwagon until some lifters started to realize that when you’re lifting heavy all week that adding HIIT might be too much for your CNS and that low intensity “cardio” might actually have its place. Each and every time they bounce back and forth they are evolving…
Granted some trainers realize that these are all just tools depending on various factors.