Today’s trends and fads in fitness have taken center stage and have been made out by the media to be the ‘be all’ solution as to what works. Due to the film industry’s high influence on exercise trends and diets, so-called ‘new’ methods of training have gained the focus and attention of millions of people through online articles, health shows like Dr. Oz, and promotions. What has gotten lost in the mix and advertising of these gimmicks is what truly works the best, which is classic training techniques.
Before the internet, fitness magazines were the only real bridge between the experts, pros and the general population of people who wanted to sculpt a lean, more toned, and healthy physique. The best way to pick up the cues and bits of information that could lead to a better body was to go to the book shelf and buy a magazine or buy a good book itself. Today, new wave trends have been inculcated into the mainstream public, convincing them that the new somewhat ‘quick fix’ solutions are the answer to the body of their dreams. Unfortunately, in reality, the fact of the matter is that what works the best today is no different than what has always worked the best.
The reason why forgotten, overshadowed, classic approaches to fitness work the best is because they are predicated on advanced scientific principles. One of the first and foremost principles of these is the principle of what I refer to as “variable manipulation”. In a controlled scientific experiment, the outcome of any experiment can be altered, or changed, by manipulating the variables of the experiment. For example, if in experiment 1, you use variables A, B, and C respectively in the same quantity, you will arrive at an outcome result Z.
If you want to change the result or the outcome, in your next experiment, you can manipulate the variables in many ways. One way is to substitute an entirely different variable such as A, B, D and leave out C- this will lead to a new outcome. Another way is to use more of either of the variables- for example use more of A but equal amounts of B and C, or you can use more or less of any of B or C as well. This will give you a different outcome. You can also change up the order of the variables; rather than go sequentially with A, B, and C, you can go with B, A, C and produce a different result. The reason why this methodology works is because the human body’s muscle structure and aerobic system is responsive to external variable changes. It will adapt to any new set of stressors, challenges, or overloads.
Muscle fibers, which are the prime cause responsible for changing the shape of the body, are especially responsive to such variable manipulations. During your training sessions, if you keep doing the same exact weight, the same exercises, the same exercise order, or the same amount of reps and sets, then your muscle fibers will adjust and adapt. In return, they will stay the same. This is not to say that not changing your workout variables is entirely ineffective; you are still burning calories and in a state of what is known as muscle “maintenance”. However, you will not trigger any major alterations and changes.
The key to changing your physique is to manipulate your variables, and the reason why many of the new trends gaining publicity in the media today do not work, especially in the long run (or even the “short” term run), is because they do not offer the selective variety and the ability to manipulate variables in the future to trigger results by overloading the body and shocking it into results. For one or two workouts, these methods might actually trigger benefits as they are so foreign and unrecognizable to the body, but because they offer so little opportunity to manipulate variables, the body will cease to change in just a matter of days or weeks.
The classic style and approach to training still works the best. Can you imagine respectable idols like Jack Lalaane, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Frank Zane or Franco Columbo hopping on board with these new trends and fads and promoting them? It’s hard to imagine, right? It’s nearly impossible. It would take one heck of a promotional contract, but it’s still doubtful they would bite based on a matter of integrity.
The problem with the fitness industry today is you got all of these ordinary people trying to make a buck. They can’t even get themselves in shape to begin with so how can they promote any methods? People who really know bodybuilding, overall body sculpting, and who have gotten themselves in phenomenal shape would know the difference as to why these new trends don’t work as much as they would want you to believe.
With the classic approach to fitness, you have total control over the variables of your workout. They can be measured, controlled, manipulated, and changed like an experiment. This is the only way to ensure the muscles of the body are constantly in a state of “shock”, always “guessing”, and therefore always having to impose a “response” in order to make the adaptation to the new stimuli. This is still the best way that muscles change, grow, define, and tone up at a balanced, even, and symmetrical level in a proportion to which the bodybuilder or exerciser is satisfied with.
If you want a body that truly exemplifies that of a supremely fit being, you’ll still be best investing it in classic methods of training as opposed to new age approaches, which might burn some calories and work the muscles a little bit in the short run, but in the long run, the results stagnate due to inability to control for the all-important variables. Here are some classic methods that work the best.