I get the title question via e-mail from time to time. The short answer is, not much different than it has.
The long answer is today’s actual workout, part of which you can see in the video above.
The workout in total included the following :
(1) Nautilus Nitro Leg Press (ass off the seat DeSimone style)
- Dual Leg : 320×20
- Operative Leg : 160 x 20
- Operative Leg : 165 x 20
- Operative Leg : 190 x 25
- Dual Leg : 380 x 25
- Non-operative Leg : 285 x 26
(2) Nautilus Nitro Hip ad/abduction machine :
- Abduction : 170 x 16
- Adduction : 125 x 21
(4) Single leg-soft lock stability work
(5) Homeworks 2 + 3 from this video
(6) Negative Only ARX Pulldown (should be 11 reps — need to check the video!)
(7) Negative Only ARX Press (should be 9 reps — also need to double check)
(8) TSC ARX standing bicep curl : 60 seconds @ 72
(9) DeSimone low-back-ball x 27
(10) DeSimone ab-ball x 60 (total)
(11) DeSimone V-ball x 20 (total)
(12) Bodyweight Congruent Exercise heel raises : L=16 R=14
(13) Dynamic Neck Flexion on the Omni
(14) Static Neck Extension on the Omni
(15) Static neck side/side on the Omni
I have a bit to say about the workout, and plenty to say about rehabilitation. While I may update this post at a later date with some thoughts on those subjects, I’m much more interested in talking about motorized resistance, especially while I have people’s attention on it.
I’m interested in it because it leaves me speechless when I see, with unrelenting consistency, how many people are completely clueless on the concept, and remain clueless.
I’m not just talking about stupid people either, I’m also talking about people who are extremely intelligent, yet, in no way, shape, or form, understand how motorized resistance works.
It eludes them entirely.
You can explain it to them, show them, and answer questions. And yet, they often, still fail to understand.
And I’m beginning to understand why.
It’s not the biggest “aha” moment I’ve ever had, but, it’s big enough.
I think the biggest reason that people fail to understand it is much the same reason they fail to understand why political systems today are crumbling.
That reason is slave-thinking — and I do not mean this term in it’s common, or uncommon understanding.
People are stuck in a bubble and are completely unable to think outside of whatever that paradigm is.
In politics today, everyone believes that the legal system is a floating abstraction. Whatever you want the law to be, you can make it (and therefore, all political action that follows “the law”, is legal).
Don’t like the federal constitution? Just interpret differently.
Or if you’re a strict constitutionalist/libertarian/XYZ, amend it.
No one stops to think that you aren’t allowed to amend it any which way you, anyone, or everyone wants.
A limit that exists objectively, outside of any human beings capacity to change, is incomprehensible, even to most die-hard libertarians.
You say it, and it’s like you’re saying the moon is made out of swiss cheese.
The same phenomenon occurs in exercise.
You suggest cardio doesn’t exist, and people wonder how long it will be before your favorite outfit includes a straight jacket.
Similarly, you remove the “weight” from “weight training”, and people jump off an intellectual cliff.
People do this because they are currently only capable of thinking about exercise in some combination of athletics, gravity, bulky weights, cams, barbells, dumbbells, bodyweight, feats of strength, and so on.
Of these, gravity is most interesting to me because it underpins all the rest. And when you remove this “pin” holding everything up, the concept crumbles. A person becomes incapable of understanding “exercise”, without weights and gravity.
It doesn’t make any sense to them, especially if you are still referring to dynamic exercises.
They have no-fucking-clue.
And even though I’m starting to understand why, it still baffles me. I think this is because the second you try it, the understanding is instantaneous.
The direct experience of using motorized resistance makes it very, very obvious of how it works.
But until then, good luck.
Such was part of the intention of the above video. So far, it looks like very few (new) people understand what the hell is going on when you pull on a moving cable, even with a RPM style gauge staring them in the face.
God people are fucking dumb.