Is Training an Art or a Science?

male-workout-functional-trainingHere’s another age old question that gets tossed around endlessly with no conclusive proof on either side of the table.

All I can do is tell you this from my point of view. I think it is and should be… Both! Should you have a different take on this subject, then I would like to hear it. To start, it would seem to me that a science, any science, would simply mean, “the study of”. In higher learning, especially at the collegiate level, the intellectual community likes to add “ology” on the end of the subject matter that they wish to study. I’m sure you have heard of a number of subjects with names like biology, zoology, bacteriology, gigantology, hematology, etc., etc. And in each and every case, the students in these classes will gather information and look at things the way that thousands of other people before them did for hundreds of years.

Is this important?


If you are interested in a subject, you’ve got to start somewhere. What better place than where others have struggled, stumbled, fallen, got back up and moved on. However, if that is as far as it goes, things tend to get a little stagnant. Like General George S. Patton once said, “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” That’s when people should start becoming individuals, look at things from their own perspective, gather what works for them, set aside what doesn’t, and add their own spin to it. From my point of view, this is where something starts to become an art. The same rings true with progressive resistance exercise. Start out by looking at what others are doing. Check them all out, and keep checking them out, never stop. Try this, try that, this works, this doesn’t, etc.

What you are doing is developing your own method of training, that which works for you.

  • Einstein did it in nuclear physics.
  • Picasso did it in art.
  • Henry Ford did it in manufacturing.
  • Thomas Edison did it technology.

And the list goes on and on and on…

So, take a page out their book. Start studying what others did that worked best for them. Add your own slant on things based on your own strengths and weaknesses. Only you will ever know what works best for you, so get started today!

Yours for greater strength,

Bill Hinbern
Super Strength Training

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