Most who embark on a journey of personal growth through exercise, sport, diet, or nutrition, at some point become interested enough to learn more and do some reading. There is a huge and rapidly growing amount of fitness information available on the internet and in bookstores. A Google search on almost any fitness topic will yield hours upon hours of potential reading. Unfortunately, much of the information out there is based upon thin evidence, poor science, or badly informed personal opinions. It is common to see completely contradictory information and advice, sometimes even on the same website.
This is understandable. The human body is an incredibly complicated, intricate, almost magical system. So complicated that even in our present state of technological and scientific advancement, we humans still don’t have a particularly good grasp on how our own bodies work. Scientific research on humans is slow, difficult, expensive, and highly regulated. Research tends to be directed at profitable medical problems rather than at proactive health and fitness. Furthermore, individuals are different enough that a successful fitness protocol for one person may be a disaster for another. Finally, following human nature, many people in the fitness industry tend to choose sides on controversial topics, and then ignore or discount any evidence contrary to their own opinion.
StrengthMetrics provides products and services which enable individuals and fitness professionals to measure, track, and analyze physical and athletic performance. While such tools do not themselves solve any of the problems discussed above, they can be a component of a more objective approach to health and fitness. What can be measured can be understood and improved.
As a mere provider of measurement tools, we have no vested interest or emotional attachment to any particular diets, fitness protocols, or theories of human performance. We do however have an interest in promoting rational thinking and open mindedness. So the goal of this blog is to discuss various topics in fitness, objectively. Based upon whatever evidence is currently available. That means almost everything will be subject to change, and almost no conclusions will come with a high degree of certainty.
Not much of a sales pitch, but that’s the concept for the blog. Please enjoy and feel free to comment.