I originally wrote this post as a weekly VIP Newsletter email. But in this Lifestyle Blog, I wanted to rework this message as I think many of us get confused about the reality of Individual Differences and how it applies to us as individuals. Too often, many people assume that Individual Differences means that you are an exception to the rule. Before assuming this idea, we should slow down and unpack what's going on first.
Are you ready?
Okay, lets get to it!
I get it, we know that we are all different from each other. There is no exact copy of us somewhere else in this world. In another galaxy, I don't know, maybe? But on earth, you are you and I am I. Yes, you are unique on this earth...
But, you need to realize that I'm not your mother...I'm not here to tell you that you're special...I'm here to make you a monster!
Now, assuming that you do not have a disease or specific condition, the reality is that we are all more alike than different. Let me explain my vantage point on this topic in regards to fitness/training...
In training there's something called Individual Differences. There's no perfect training program, perfect diet, and everyone responds to stress a little bit different from each other. But in training, we have principles that we should follow first. You must know these principles before you can start getting into individual differences and understand them before jumping ship. There are always exceptions to the rules, but usually the exceptions do not mean 180 degrees in the other direction.
I'm going to give you 3 example situations of common beliefs people may have established for themselves and we'll go through what they are, why they should improve these ideas, and finally how to make better adjustments for them.
I hear people talking about what they think works so great for them. Sometimes I know they are legit, and other times I know that they are just rationalizing their own belief system because of how they're responding to their internal feelings about their choices. These are 3 examples of training/fitness claims that you could potentially hear...
Now, you have to understand that these people have their own beliefs at the time of saying these things. You usually we hear them say, "this is just works best for my body." And the human mind can be very powerful, especially in the human performance world. But in these instances, they can all probably improve if they just shifted their minds back to the basic training principles. Let me explain why these thoughts are not very accurate...
I didn't make these rules up, I just know that this is how it works from years of education, learning, and coaching day in and day out. What we need to understand is that we all respond to everything A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY. But we must start at the root of the basic training principles and then you work out from there to find the adjustments that YOU NEED to optimize your training. Let me explain how we could make some adjustments for these 3 examples...
So as you can see, Individual Difference are not as dramatic as they seem to be. Again, assuming that we're talking about healthy individuals. But it's not a case of new rules to follow, it's a case of making certain adjustments to each persons abilities and personal differences.
You have your own finger prints, your own DNA, your own stress, your own experiences, but when it comes to training we all start with the basic training principles. The purpose of this Lifestyle Blog was to tell you that if you're a healthy individual, that you probably do not need your own set of rules to win at this game. You just need to understand it, work at it, adjust to it, and then repeat!
You're not a special snowflake, you're a savage :)
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Physical Prep Coach & Owner of Joel Younkins Training.