I watch a lot of James’ videos, and a lot of what he has to say is useful, but does anyone feel like he’s just making stuff up sometimes? I don’t mean inventing exercises, that would be rude to suggest. What I mean to say is that, sometimes, the sheer volume of new exercises that he churns out leads me to believe that maybe he’s stretching to come up with material. Dennison-ing, if you will.
I’m all about self-promotion, and I get that in this new web-based world new content is always good content, but how many more new exercises can James recommend? James has 247 videos. Not every one of those videos has three exercises. Some focus on one exercise (a la the deadlift), some give seven new exercises (a circuit, if you will), but most of them have two or three exercises that James recommends. Just for fun let’s say each video averages out to three new exercises, and let’s do the math:
247 videos x 3 new exercises per video ÷ 3 workouts per week ÷ 15 exercises per workout= 17 weeks to do every exercise, assuming I never repeat a workout.
So that means if I never take a break from my plan, I’ll do every exercise about three times a year, and my operating assumption is that he’s going to keep making these videos. How much is enough? What’s the intended goal? Should I be selectively ignoring some of these exercises he recommends? Should my body ever get used to a routine, or should it be in a constant state of shock?
For the sake of mathematics I also assumed that I’d work out three times a week and stick to my plan, but I think we all know neither of those is going to happen. That would take dedication and professionalism, and if I had those qualities I’d be out winning races, not sitting at home looking out the window and writing a B-rate comedy blog.
Dream training plan:
Actual “training plan:”
The Oreo Mcflurry pictured above is, calorically speaking, very similar to chocolate milk, which is the ultimate recovery drink. So basically I’m recovering like a pro. That’s science.