Experience vs. Science, which one is better? This is a highly debated topic amongst both athletes and coaches alike. In this week’s episode, Eric, Brad and Andrea discuss how these two concepts shouldn’t be viewed as one versus the other, but rather as two fundamentally different, yet equally important skill sets.
Science is a great tool, but that’s all it is, a tool. It plays a very important role in both getting you in the right ballpark for what your goals are, and then providing you with a series of options once you get there. What many don’t realize, is that science can only get you so far, and that without having the practical experience for how to apply it to peoples specific situations, it loses its value.
In this week’s episode, the group discuss a variety of topics related to science, including: The best ways for staying up-to-date on the latest research without having to spend countless hours interpreting research, the difference between being data driven, versus knowing what the data means and how to apply it, the importance of having a good system set in place for acquiring new knowledge, and the benefits to having great critical thinking skills and a through understanding of the scientific method, even if you don’t have any formal teaching in interpreting research.
The group concludes their conversation with a valuable discussion on what someone in the fitness industry really needs to know, in order to be a good coach.
Selected Links from this Episode
The Muscle and Strength Pyramid Books
The Nutritional Pyramid Video Series
The Muscle and Strength Training Video Series
Alan Aragon’s Research Review
Bret Contrera’s Research Review
Shredded by Science
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