When it comes to the important fitness research that is constantly being done on muscle gain and fitness we all need to take these ‘studies’ that are done with a little bit of skepticism. The health and fitness industry across the world has become a billion dollar industry and we need to always protect ourselves.
Things to keep in mind when looking at fitness research
What organization conducted the study?
What this means is that we need to always make sure that we can ‘follow the money’ when we see a new study that has been released. This means that when someone releases a study to support a claim that a product works we need to examine what the motivation was for spending money on doing the study in the first place.
University Conducted Studies
This is why studies that have been done at learning institutes like Universities usually follow the basic principal of the double-blind cross-over technique which is now an accepted way of getting a new concept accepted by both medicine and science.
The methodology behind fitness research studies
In order to get the new idea accepted by the scientific community it has to be something that is completely predictable and that anyone could use the product to get the same results time and again. The problem is that bodybuilding and fitness generally is still not an exact science.
A good example is the fact that research has shown over time that “To maximize mass gains you must do 7.38 reps per set” but this is simply not true as it will obviously change from person to person and it depends on a multitude of factors to get a guaranteed result.
The point is that if you wrote a book about bodybuilding and/or fitness limiting yourself to things that had solid, published, peer-reviewed, double blind research backing it up then it would be a very thin book indeed and not a very useful one either.
When we look at studies that have been done trying to isolate the results of using a specific technique or using a specific product we need to always use common sense. A good example is the now accepted proof that 1 gram of protein for a pound of bodyweight is something that you should aim for when your objective is muscle gain.
What this means is that you need to aim for something close to that and not eat 10 cans of tuna and 20 egg whites to make sure that you are getting double the amount. You need to take these studies that have been done and published with a little bit of skepticism as mentioned above.