Gym Movement is a strength and/or fitness protocol that purports to show a trainee how they can know which movements or exercises are best for them at any given time. The logic goes that following someone else’s strength training program to the letter is a way to eventually break yourself.
Why would this be the case?
First of all, I want to make it clear that I am both a supporter and a skeptic of Gym Movement, for reasons which I’ll make clear in this post. This isn’t a sales page, it’s my personal view of GM’s philosophy, which I’ll be exploring further in a series of articles to come.
There is no one approach
Well, there are a few reasons why the one-size-fits-all approach to health does not work, and I am using my personal experiences to make observations here, so feel free to disagree.
Anyone who is trying to sell a product needs to say that it is the best solution. “This is the best way to lose fat,” or “This is the best way to build muscle,” or “This is the only tool you need,” and so on. Sometimes they may even be right, but the time frame is what they don’t take into account.
I do not believe that every program works as promised, for as long as the trainee needs to it work. I’m not talking about results: you can get results with any program if you put the time in, provided you don’t get hurt. This has been my experience, and that of the clients I work with.
Programs can’t work forever
But programs put you on a schedule. They tell you that you “should” do this many reps and sets, and you “should” do them on these days, and you should “never” substitute X for Y, and around and around we go.
But by definition, not every program can be the best, and not every product can be the best. And yet, the Gym Movement advocates, including myself, are going around saying that this is the best way to train.
Here is why I think that is true: it puts you in charge of your own fitness. I believe that being in charge of you puts the responsibility on you. It does away with the perceived knowledge gap between you and the personal trainer you are paying. Trainers make their money when they keep clients reliant on them. Hence, it is not in the best interest of trainers to help their clients rely on themselves. Bad business.
It is liberating to break away and know that I do not need training advice anymore. Oh, I’ll probably keep reading fitness books, I may even keep buying them–first and foremost, I’m a fan of this stuff, and I couldn’t stop collecting books if I tried.
Supporter and skeptic
The Gym Movement protocol may quit working for me one day. When that happens, I will say so. I am not a paid employee of the company and I make very little money in affiliate sales. But I believe in it.
I believe in it to the point where I am willing to be associated with the aggressive and critical marketing, which is normally the opposite of what I stand for. But this is working for me. It is working so well that I continue to be surprised every single day.
I question it every time I train. Every day I wonder if this is the day it will stop working for me. It hasn’t happened yet. Biofeedback training is about staying skeptical and testing everything. Asking questions may eventually lead to answers we’d rather not have, but that is better than not asking at all.
PS: If you enjoy your training and are happy with your results, there’s no need to change. But if you want want to know more about biofeedback and strength training, I recommend starting with this lengthy Grip and Rip review that I wrote. I’m also going to be doing a lot more writing here, so please visit as often as you like.