It’s a little embarrassing but I have believed some really wacky stuff in the past. Some spokesman for scepticism I am:)
I believed that supplements worked, despite my own personal experience to the contrary, and I believed this for many years. Some of the supplements I used were incredibly expensive for the time, I remember paying £75 (around 200 USD) for the Cybergenics Bodybuilding kit in the mid 80s which did nothing. I blamed myself as I found it impossible to follow the training and diet that was recommend, a trick I’ve since seen repeated many times. Other supplements in the 80s such as liquid liver, and liquid glandulars extracted their cost in other ways, namely their disgusting taste – along with being no use whatsoever.
I believed, for a short time that balance training as proposed by Paul Chek was an essential part of any good training regime. The great Mel Siff set me right on that one.
For several years I believed that Heavy Duty as recommended by Mike Mentzer was the ONLY way to train. He seemed so intellectual in his approach, and his arguments rang true to my 23-28 year old ears. Looking back the real reason why I stuck with Heavy Duty for so long was that it was very convenient. I was working silly hours in these years and I just wouldn’t have had time for the types of programmes you see in the Mighty Method now.
If you buy into stuff like this then your focus is in the wrong place
A response many sceptics hear when questioning claims is what’s the harm. What’s the harm in taking the Cybergenics Bodybuilding kit? What’s the harm of buying into Paul Chek’s system of training, or even worse, Tracy Anderson’s system of training? There you go, now I’ve mentioned that witch you can see what the harm is. If your Aunt has bought into that system then she’s not likely to be doing any even vaguely effective exercises.
The key thing for all of us is to keep our focus on doing what most effective for us in order to achieve our goals at that moment in our lives. If your head is forever being turned by some great new product or system then it’s unlikely, or more unlikely that you’ll be doing the training you should be doing.
So what’s the harm? As well as losing money (the obvious), and time, you could become totally disillusioned with exercise, thinking that every system is being pedalled by some charlatan who’s trying to make money without caring a jot for your welfare. In this instance the potential harm is living an unfulfilled life, perhaps the greatest crime of all.
Do yourself a favour and familiarise yourself with the Baloney Detection Kit, nicely explained here but the excellent Michael Shermer, this will help guard against you falling for the above nonsense.