Heretic - a proponent of any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs.
Belief is an amazing thing. If we believe we can do something , then we most often can. If we believe something is impossible, it usually is. Our belief system limits us and shapes our entire lives.
Heretics do not share the common beliefs of the masses. They like to believe they think bigger and better. Not in an arrogant manner but in a way that many have yet to come to understand or experience for themselves. Almost every new belief system has been proceeded by a heretic - Moses, Columbus, Jesus, Darwin, Bakker, Gandhi, etc.
As the new believe system takes hold and new followers join the movement the heretic disappears. The former heretic is now seen as a hero, a savior, a forward thinker or a trailblazer and a whole new system of beliefs is now seen as the norm.
Advances in science are changing the understanding of the human body and how it relates to bodybuilding. Many of these advances are revolutionary and seen by the masses as heresy. The masses have yet to believe that something that they have been taught to be true can no longer be considered as the whole truth. The masses do not wish to believe that they have been betrayed so they continue down the path of the old beliefs in the hopes that the new truths will be proven false. This will allow them to go about their business as usual making them feel vindicated for staying the course in the face of uncertainty.
The "old" ways are not necessarily wrong but are no longer the most effective way of doing things or don't provide answers to the interesting questions. The old ways of bodybuilding are generally accepted by the gym rat simply because they have seen others believing them to be right without knowing "why" they are right.
In defense of the "old" ways they are not all wrong. They have worked time and time again. I am just presenting a more progressive new way of thinking concerning strength development.
I admit I am part of the heretic movement in bodybuilding because my beliefs have been proven true in first hand accounts of these new beliefs systems being applied in real live people. Most if not all of you will not agree with what I have to say but that is ok. We each have our beliefs and when those beliefs are strong enough there is no convincing change. ;)
Just for the sake of proving an argument ask yourself - Will lifting heavy weights make you stronger? Now ask yourself - Why?
See... if you don't know "why" than you are simply following what you have seen other do or have been taught. But.... if you know "why" then the answer to the first question is irrelevant because you now can think for yourself and know exactly what you need to do to get stronger. Yes, lifting heavy weights can make you stronger but it is NOT because you are lifting heavy weights. If you know what makes the body stronger then you can go to the source of the strength increasing catalyst and skip the assumed belief of how to get stronger. Focusing all of your effort on the catalyst is where your belief system will begin to change.
Our bodies do not know the difference between lifting 10lbs or 100lbs. It simply knows how to react to stimulation. I am here to tell you getting stronger does not come from a physical act alone. Strength development is a neurological reaction and has very little to do with the physical action. The physical action is simply the trigger that fires the catalyst for strength development. It does NOT matter if the trigger pull is adjusted to 3lbs or 500lbs. The trigger simply needs to be pulled for the catalyst to fire.
Down the rabbit hole we go......
How could an ordinary 24 year old man lift a 2400+lb car that had fallen off it's blocks pinning his father underneath? How could such an individual become impossibly strong in a moments notice only to return to his former level of strength just seconds later?
At this point please do not confuse strength development with muscle development. They are two different topics but do cross paths. Right now I writing specifically about strength development and will cover muscle development and how the two are inter-related in the future.
To be continued.....