We’ve been conducting some studies lately and have reached the conclusion that strength training is bad and should not be done.
The protocol we have been using has been to complete a set of near Repetition Maximum reps in the squat, and to test vertical jump and speed within a few minutes of the sets.
There was a direct correlation between level of muscle fatigue and reduced strength, power and speed. There is also a direct correlation between the number of sets and the decrement in strength, power and speed.
The evidence is clear – strength training makes you weaker and slower, and should not be conducted. If you must do strength training, the lower you Repetition maximum you go the less strength, power and speed you will loose, and the less sets you do, the same applies.
I have conferred with a number or colleagues on this and it is our learned recommendation you stop strength training.
Whilst this position has not been formally adopted by any professional development associations, we are confident we will find enough academics and marketing gurus whose lack of strength and understanding of strength should be sufficient motivation for them to temporarily adopt a falsehood until they conduct further personal investigations and gain a higher level of knowledge and personal competence in this area, which will be followed by a range of trend based crappy e-products that create short term cash and the perception of marking leading knowledge, advocating the use of strength training.
And due to the fact that, in the 1950 words of the great Dr Albert Schweitzer, 'man does not think' (read - most humans are too dumb or at least have been dumb-downed to question powerful presented paradigms and trends} this will be a really easy sell.
By then, there will be a generation of humans who struggle to loose the conditioning that strength is bad, and who will pass this myth on to their children in a highly non-scientific way, and another if not more generations of humans will suffer for this falsehood that suited the vested interests of a minority.
Hold it - I might be getting confused with the fate of stretching….
PS. Make sure the masses don't hear that if you waited a few more minutes to test strength it would be a different outcome...
PPS. How is that blindness side-effect going?....