Principles over methods

Watching a podcast last night on barbell shrugged featuring Julien Pineau, the quote “principles over methods” rung through my head. This guy is genius and I would definitely recommend listening to him speak as he puts everything into simple terms.

Too often coaches get stuck on doing things a particular way, not individualising programs for clients and expecting the same outcomes. How a coach goes about getting from A to B is what would be their method. Too many get stuck on just doing unilateral work, or only training barbell movements, or kept diets or high carbs diets when the truth is almost everything works.

As Julien explained, principles are the key to a coaches success. Being able to use principles to justify your method will get your client results as long as they are able to stick to the program.

I think over the last year this has been one fo the major eye openers to me.. that is just how many different things can work to get the same result. Here is what I mean:

To lose weight people may do the following:

  • Keto diet
  • Low carb diet
  • High Carb diet
  • Carb cycling
  • No sugar

When you stick to the key principles of eating, such as calories in vs out, and actually stick to the principles of the diet itself all of these can get great results.

When it comes to getting stronger:

  • Barbell lifting
  • Moving heavy objects
  • Dumbbells
  • Accessory Work

Or building an aerobic base:

  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Bike riding

All of these work as they are meant to as long as you stick to the principle of overload and gradually increase your work capacity over time.

The key to it all?

Finding the key underlying principles which work across multiple methods.

The key to being a good coach?

Understanding the underlying principles and being able to apply the best method for the individual you have in front of you.

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