James Steele’s full length presentation from The 21 Convention London 2012 is finally up and online. I think James represents himself and his ideas well very well. A worthy addition to the exercise video lineup, to say the least.
This presentation brings to mind one of the most important foundations of HIT : that mechanical work is mechanical work is mechanical work. This is something widely agreed on in HIT … and almost no where else.
It is most glaringly absent in the magical fitness land of CrossFit, all variations of “paleo exercise” (a total contradiction in terms), P90X, “Six Pack Shortcuts”, all group fitness classes, and the entire domain of “athletics”.
These people do not have a fucking clue, and it is very much to their detriment in all contexts.
I wonder at times how much better the discussion would be if this idea really took off. An end to the magical benefits of cardio, jumping around like a crazy person, and jamming your feet into concrete. I think if this ever does take off, everything else will stem from this idea.
In short, I suspect all aspects of fitness correctly stem from the fact that muscles are stupid, and only understand A) contraction, and B) release. Everything else is floating abstraction snake oil for suckers with no connection to reality.
So, volume, frequency, effort, safety, etc. All of these things spring from recognizing the stupidity of skeletal muscle.