Movement Monday - Individualization - June 24, 2019
I am a population health researcher, that means I look for what works best, “in general,” for populations as a whole; however, coming from a personal training and individual nutrition background, I understand what works best for one person may not work best for another. Below is a post from Dr. Brad Schoenfeld about a study looking at arm growth from two different workout plans. Note that if you look at the average, or “in general,” participants in Group 1 had more growth than Group 2; however, I don’t know if this was statistically significant. That said, you can see some people in Group 2 had more arm growth than Group 1. These results hold true for many interventions and diets as well. The best diet and workout plan for someone is the one that works for that person; studies like the one below nearly give you a good starting point.
REPOST @bradschoenfeldphd ***START***Research studies report means (averages). But within those means, there are vastly different responses to the same exercise program. The image above shows data from a study we carried out in untrained subjects. Each little circle corresponds to biceps brachii growth of a given subject; the horizontal bars represent the mean for each group. Note that some individuals achieved robust hypertrophy whereas others achieved very little. One subject in Group 2 actually showed slight muscle loss - after 8 weeks of regimented arm curl training! What this does NOT mean is that those who responded poorly should give up lifting and take up cardio or yoga. Rather, everyone can and will respond to resistance training; you just need to alter the training variables to find out what works best for that individual. There is no such thing as a universal "best" training program; only a best program for a given person.***END***
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