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Re: and another gym bites the dust...

Posted by alexandra_k on November 2, 2018, at 22:36:13

In reply to Re: and another gym bites the dust..., posted by alexandra_k on November 2, 2018, at 22:24:00

At the end of the day Americans are terrible at Weightlifting. The Olympic sport, I mean. Americans simply aren't winning medals at Weightlifting. Don't get me wrong, Americans don't much care about it (don't much care to invest money into developing athletes for the sport) and that's probably got a lot to do with why, but that is the way it is.

The people who know... Eastern Europe, typically. China. I think it might be a little like gymnastics (though gymnastics does capture the american heart a bit and people surely like to watch the gymnastics)...

There is a level of dedication that pays off (eventually) that people don't seem to voluntarily invest in (or be allowed??? to do???) in 'free' countries. I don't know...

If you watch old videos of athletes training (before photoshop and so on) they really move like machines. A degree of precision. If you were to make a grid of the space in 3 dimensions... The people lifting weights... It's exactly the same movement over and over and over with a very high degree of precision. When they are highly trained you can see the muscles move for activation and you can see something of the activation sequence of their muscles. You can see which muscles start at the start of the movement and which take over for the next part of the range of motion...

I guess it's mostly 1 on 1 training where the person knows what their doing (most people can't tell the difference between the people who know and the people who are good salesman) and an athlete with natural ability who is willing to work / be instructable. And that's hard because most of the people with natural ability have been rewarded /reinforced for precisely the wrong things (the things that are easy for them or the things they have no control over). Not their work ethic...

When people are at a certain level of development you can train a few of them at a time... Eventually you can have a lot of them doing their thing because you have taught them to internalise / understand what they are doing...


It's a money thing in the US. I guess it's also a drug regulation thing, too. Most of the genuine pharmaceutical innovation comes not from pharma companies but from... DIY. People willing to experiment on themeselves in the first instance. I'm actually not (have no inner buring desire to achieve immortality or become superhuman). Health... Living a good life... Autonmy... Respect for peoples ends... There are guidelines at the end of the day and (in respectable systems) you have avenues for trying to get those guidelines changed if you want them to be.





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