“The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein: It rejects it.”
I received a copy of Body by Science this week from Dr. Doug McGuff, and have already begun my initial read-through of the material. Very interesting stuff thus-far, I must say. Now, the way I handle a thoroughly referenced book like BBS (Good Calories, Bad Calories is another example), is to first go through the material in its entirety, then go back for a second, more thorough devouring. And I don’t use the term devouring lightly, either, as I take to the books I read (especially so of a work I intend to critique), in the manner of a wolf to fresh lamb slaughter. If any of you have a copy of BBS, here’s an opportunity for you to read along, and maybe we can compare notes along the way. If you don’t yet have a copy, you’ve got a little bit of time to get your hands on one, as I’ll remain in my “initial read-through” phase for a bit longer (my “paying” gig is having its way with me at the moment). In any event, once I’ve completed the initial read-through, I’ll dive right into the second, more thorough read, reviewing the work in numerous, smaller chunks (maybe this will result in chapter reviews, maybe smaller pieces) of the whole as I progress. I’ll include a wrap-up review at the end, tying together all of the the smaller, along-the-way, write-ups. From what I’ve seen so far, BBS is a well-written and well-researched work. I’m looking forward to having my biases and preconceived notions challenged. Change my mind is a mantra I live by.
For an appetite wetter, check out this blog post, courtesy of TTP reader Skyler Tanner. Skyler has put together a video clip sampling of a few Dr. McGuff-inspired, high-intensity workouts on some cool, new-fangled machines. He’s even got a clip of the good Dr. himself taking a dose of his own, HIT workout medicine. The one-set-to-failure theory is intriguing — and, from what I’ve seen previously, supported by sound science — though I’ve always found it to be, for reasons that I will elaborate upon in my coming posts, impracticable (at least for athletes). I do remain open-minded, though, and will consider all options for inclusion in my workout arsenal. Like I always say, match the trainee to his or her stated goal, then figure out the most efficient way of getting them there — that’s the name of the game, in my book.
Also, a quick public service announcement: I’ve got a whole host of interesting reader questions I intend to get to as well. I hope to be able to post some of these throughout the rest of the week, as time permits. Wow, I really could use a few more hours in the day, not devoted to my paying gig 🙂