Old School vs. New School
A view into the sacrificed efficiences we all endure for the sake of being NEW and how it affects your athlethic pursuits.
In todays chaotic and ever-changing modern day existence it seems that many “old school” methodologies are being adopted in exchange for the flashy, digital, new school approach to everything. So, why is old now suddenly better than new? Let’s see…
A perfect example can begin with food. We see agricultural companies (Monsanto, etc.) that are pushing corn that is definitely different than the corn of yesteryear (so different, that rats are showing organ damagefrom this experimental corn). The goal is MORE yields for the expanding population of mouths to feed (and the epic tonnage of corn syrup going directly into our sodas) in America.
But wait…higher quantity is usually affixed to the inverse equation for lower quality, right? In other words, as the quantity of most things goes up (corn in this case), the quality goes down. The result of this phenomenon happens to be a corn plant that produces more bushels of corn but every bite of corn will likely have THAT much lower nutrition levels. Hmmm…
So, you would have to eat MORE corn to get the same nutritional requirements with this “New School” corn. Es no bueno for the aspiring six-pack crowd or even Weekend-Warrior…
Um, I thought the whole point was to get AS MUCH nutrition in each bite as possible so as to reduce the calories ultimately consumed in a day?
Now, at the end of the day if you’re an athlete and all you have is corn as a staple carbohydrate in your life then absolutely make do with what you have. But if one has the freedom to pursue higher quality sustenance that is healthier, easier on the land that feeds us and ultimately much more nutritious then by all means my friend, do so!
More nutritious food equals more muscle, leaner waistlines, faster 40-yard dashes and even better chances at having healthy babies one day as well as a longer, higher-quality life. Last time I checked those are all positive things.
Another old school vs. new school example is that most machines in the gym are “new school” but yet, the old school, unglamorous dumbbells and barbells are still much better at molding top quality athletes. In other words, machines at the gym are largely to stroke one’s ego but will increase the chance of injury (i.e. very few stabilization muscles are worked, which can result in injury) and NOT increase muscle strength or muscle comparatively.
Heavy, unstable, cold iron simply works better in producing muscle and strength. Homo sapiens were meant to move heavy objects (dumbbells or 200 lb bags of corn) to survive. That’s how America’s economy was largely grown in the past. Additionally, that is how mankind has thrived and prospered. One man conquering one heavy weight, over and over again until the day was over has been the modus operandi for centuries.
That is old school and yet, we need this same kind of thinking TODAY.
And this is why we have the likes of Wall Street thugs making money anyway how, except through good ol’ fashion hard work. Thus, the call for all things fundamental, old but tried and true in order to fix our tattered (and sometimes lazy) country.
I implore the readership to take advantage of modern technology while not forsaking the old-school methodologies that must be the foundation of every training program, business plan, family, community and even government.
Until next time, train harder….andsmarter.
Before common labor laws were developed, America's youth worked outside regularly. Now we have Xbox 360.