The advent of the internet was incredibly beneficial for strength training enthusiasts. The geographical barriers that prevent trainees from discussing what they love were obviated, and the internet provided a forum. The internet opened the doors for successful strength coaches to discuss their thoughts and material with average trainees who would otherwise never know their names. The spread of information brought advances into how we understand and implement strength and conditioning training. Most ideas are as old as a rusted York barbell, but what is old to someone in Ohio may be revolutionary in California. Natural selection occurs and old ideas die out because of their lack of utility. The concepts that remain cement themselves among strength training lore.
Science can easily explain the concepts that all strong men have known; illicit an adaptive stress on the body to improve. The concept is simple, yet its application is not. The correct dose of stress to induce progress depends on a trainee’s current state of adaptation. The hard part is applying the correct dose of stress. But that’s why we’re here: to learn the basics of stress application to get stronger.