Too good to be true?

Monday, September 28th, 2009 | Gym, Power Ergonomics, Sports & exercise

If you watched the video “Power Ergonomics at the Gym” then you may be forgiven for thinking that it is all a bit too good to be true.

One ‘problem’ with Power Ergonomics is that many improvements in performance are both instant and of a greater magnitude than is often expected. For example, I suggested to Alex (in the video) before he went off to the gym for the first time that he might experience a 15-20% increase in performance. But even this, he admitted later, made him think, “Yeah, yeah, sure”. The fact that the increases were up to 50% was something I let him discover for himself. I knew that if I had said this from the beginning it would probably have put him off all together.

Something similar happened many years ago when I held a training program for some golf pros in Båstad, in southern Sweden. One participant, British born instructor Jimmy Suckling, kept exclaiming, “It can’t be this easy! Where’s the catch?” despite obviously measurable improvements to his more than 60 year-old technique. He had by then been teaching golf professionally for more than 45 years and the improvements he experienced were just then ‘too good to be true’ because they took him way beyond his expectations.

So what is the problem? Either the improvements are for real or they are not. If they are not, we still have to explain away the heavier weights, increased number of repetitions or the fact that golf players hit further.

Alex thought initially that he was imagining the improvements until he had experimented so many times that he was forced to conclude otherwise. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say, and this is what Power Ergonomics is about. It’s not just a nice new theory. It’s about discovering true hidden potential and then realising that having everyday access to this potential is unusual or ‘too good to be true’ only because we are so used to living and performing without it.

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