Big question. People are finally shifting to a look-at-something-and-then-ask-more-questions mindset as opposed to just taking everything for what it’s worth. As the industry continues to evolve and more, more knowledgeable coaches are starting to come up to the surface, that might not have had that reach before because they’re not as marketable.
People are finally starting to be like, “Hold on. Is that actually the case, or should we investigate this deeper and ask bigger questions.”
Over the last four years, that’s been something that, maybe it’s just a personal thing I’m going through. I’m definitely noticing more of a shift into a more understanding mindset of being multiple ways to approach a topic versus, “This website is big, and they’re called the authority. I’m just going to take everything they say from what it is, and that is fact.”
We’re finally moving away from that in the sense of even intermediate lifters are trying to be like. “I don’t know if that’s true because I’m not seeing these three opinions. I’m synthesizing that to conclude with my own opinion. I don’t know if that’s correct, or that’s correct. I’m going to keep asking more questions and investigating and learning.”
It’s really cool because we’re seeing now a blend of the pendulum. There was a pendulum on the Bro Science, and then we went to research heavy. We’re coming right back into the middle where more and more people are able to blend that and synthesize it. Obviously, research is not real life in a lot of settings. A lot of populations are not who you and I are.
At the same time, what they’re investigating can be applicable to what we’re doing. Now, how do we contextualize what the research is saying here versus what we’re experiencing in real life, and then blend those two to make smarter decisions? That, as a whole, is where the strength industry is starting to head more and more to.
It’s almost like content, and coaches, and everything are leveling up. That’s what I wrote in a post the other day about, there’s no more low-bar to entry in the fitness world. You cannot just have a certification and come in, and be a knowledgeable source.
You have to continually evolve and stay up-to-date with everything that’s changing from both, a coaching standpoint, the research standpoint, and the blending those two together. The Industry as a whole…To sum all this up, I’m just rambling at this point.
It’s is heading in a direction that is being a lot better at synthesizing multiple sources and then asking better questions to find answers that are actually applicable to one’s individual’s life. Does that make sense? I rambled for 10 minutes.