Bodybuilders get a lot of crap, especially from us in the “functional training” world.
But that’s not to say there aren’t some smart and strong guys out there in that world.
Recently came across this quote from Tom Platz, a professional bodybuilder voted to have the ‘Best Quads and Hamstrings of All Time’.
After being taught sets and reps and working at it for a length of time you can’t paint by numbers anymore. It must come from within. Any artist has an emotional contact with their work. A true bodybuilder doesn’t just build muscle he creates muscle. You can’t be a robot.
Although body building isn’t my thing I would say the same is true with strength.
A true strongman doesn’t just build strength he creates strength.
People get so hung up on a magical set and rep scheme that will pack on muscle and strength.
But there isn’t any.
High reps. Low reps. It’s all good.
Sure, depending on what you’re doing one way may be better than others, but as Tom said you can’t paint by numbers.
If your body is your canvas you need to come to understand the canvas and the tools you’re working with.
Maybe in your first couple years of training you’re hooked onto this idea. But hopefully after that you’re able to move past it.
P.S. I came across this quote while doing some research around the Mind-Muscle Connection. I’m exploring this topic in depth in upcoming Strength Health Mind Power Inner Circle newsletters including July’s issue which is going to press soon.