There is a lot of advice, information, and well-understood knowledge regarding the field in which I practice--strength training and fitness--that is just silly bullshit, writes Mark Rippetoe, co-author of Starting Strength and owner Wichita Falls Athletic Club/CrossFit Wichita Falls.
Often times it’s physicians who are perpetuating this, well, BS. The medical community is famous for equating exercise with running, walking, and cycling, all undertakings that are measured by the time spent engaging in them. Isn’t it fascinating that your pediatrician will advise your child from lifting weights, but will never advise against activities that arguably provide more risk (soccer, for example).
The training of doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers requires no formal education in the use of effective barbell techniques used by serious athletes who rely on superior performance. Methods sufficient for getting sick and injured people back to “normal parameters,” fall short when taking a healthy athlete from baseline to elite athletics, much less making a healthy non-athlete fitter and stronger. Lack of perspective on this issue is the medical professions’ largest obstacle-- they don’t even know the problem exists!
It is incumbent on you to educate yourself. When information is issued from a position of authority, be sure you have the tools to recognize what is sound advice and what is silly bullshit.