March 19, 2014 damonhayhow

Stop Learning; Start Thinking!

Jacob Barnett is smarter than me. Thats no great achievement. But he’s also smarter than you! And he’s just 15.

For all his smarts and all the amazing, incomprehensibly complicated stuff already filling his photographic brain, in the video below he gives the same recommendation I give to everybody interested in creating a better body: Stop learning. Start THINKING!!!

(NOTE: the relevant stuff starts at about 3.30)

All the confusion and misdirection I see among trainers stems from blind acceptance of learned theories. Instead of focussing on the big, simple things that matter – ie the food you stick down your neck, the weight you put on the bar and how your body fat and weight respond – they fixate on tiny irrelevances; like supplements, “cardio” and how they feel about how they look. Nothing important or relevant is planned. Nothing important or relevant is measured. Instead, every thoughtless action and belief is justified by blind acceptance of conclusions from scientific studies they have never read!

Everything you need to know about your body can be figured out in a few seconds with a skinfold caliper and set of scales. Everything you need to know about food can be measured with a scale. Everything you need to know about training is written on the plates and on the ends of the dumbells.

To train and diet effectively you don’t need to LEARN biochemistry because you are never, ever going to see, measure or change any of the stuff going on inside your body. You don’t need to LEARN about biomechanics because you’ve been pushing, pulling and squatting since you were in nappies! The stuff you can measure and act upon you can already do! All you need to do is THINK!

None of what needs to be done to create a great body is complicated! Maybe thats why the number of Professors in the world who have a good body can be counted on the fingers of one hand?

The fact is, measuring what you put in your mouth, measuring the weight you put on the bar and then measuring what happens to your bodyweight and bodyfat percentage is all you need to know. All the rest of the answers fall into place with a little thought. Its just not any more complicated than that!

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