Newer is automatically better, right? Well, not necessarily.
I recently heard about a fitness trainer with a new method and hired him to teach it to me. As someone who prefers a rigorous workout six days a week, I was naturally curious about what this individual could do for me. The method he taught is part of a new fitness approach of shorter workouts, higher bursts of activity and greater gains, all of which sounded pretty good. Then I tried it for a week.
I was miserable. My knees, which never hurt, wound up hurting a lot. My back was very sore and my shoulders ached. I was a mess. On top of all that, the trainer put me on a higher protein diet which left me feeling sluggish and, at one point, shaky. I stopped working with the new trainer.
While this exercise regimen may work great for some people, it simply wasn’t right for me. I realized that I liked my workouts. Afterwards, I always felt great and had lots of energy. Did I really need to go with a workout that I didn’t enjoy and that wasn’t great for me?
It brings me back to a realization that while there are many ways to improve one’s self or one’s practice, not every method is the right method.