Be wary of ‘bro science‘! People of all levels and abilities undertaking a fitness program need to be wary of where they get their information and advice from. The internet is a fantastic resource for all sorts of advice for your training and utilised correctly can make significant improvements on your training. This post addresses the issue of ‘bro science‘, that is advice which is solicited more on a common sense basis of what has worked for someone rather than on a scientific basis.
The human body is an unpredictable organism at best and what works for someone may not work as well for someone else which is why taking advice from someone purely on the advice that it has worked for them really should be taken with a pinch of salt, lots of factors can come into play, training schedule and nutrition for example. It is for this reason that you should get your advice on a scientific basis from a study for example university studies. Here is a definition of bro science from urban dictionary
‘Anecdotal evidence presented as fact by unqualified, yet confident indvidulas in the body building community.
Rampent within liftring forums and message boards, the information is usually based on hearsay with little to no scientific evidence to support the claims made by the individual.
Examples can be limited to a single frame of mind: It worked for me, so it works the same way for everyone!
There is actually a forum that is called broscience dot com that caters to these claims.
An example of Broscience is as follows: If you want to cut fat and get muscle definition, do high reps, low weight ‘
Put simply in regards to the advice given, experience and fitness levels/size are regarded in higher stand than the actual scientific evidence.
Exercise science is a relatively fresh area for scientists and a result of all this ‘bro-science‘ and taken for granted, unsupported advice there are many ‘facts’ floating around the fitness industry which have no proven basis at all. Of course if someone has gained a significant amount of muscle and/or level of fitness the athlete is doing lots of things right and clearly understands how to get the most from their bodies, this does not however mean that the advice given from them should be taken as is. As with anything in life, take what you hear with a pinch of salt and always check for references throughout reading articles and posts. Forums and websites with articles on fitness are a great way to learn about health and fitness just make sure you keep a check on where the information is coming from and how valuable it really is to you.
One problem many people find when looking for fitness professional is whether they should opt for the extremely athletic underqualified trainer or the rather normal looking, heavily qualified, straight out of university trainer. Obviously the athletic trainer knows what works for him but could he definitely make a positive impact on you? Taking out the big issue of experience, it is much more likely the highly qualified trainer will have the knowledge to get you the goals you’re having because his comes from a scientific and thus proven to work knowledge base.