But I’ve always done it this way…

In the 1970s, 80s and 90s the preferred method of dealing with clubfoot was to use a surgical intervention. Unfortunately, the outcomes were far from ideal, while they worked in the short term, long-term damage became apparent with stiff painful feet and early arthritic changes.

In the 1960s, Dr Ignacio Ponseti at the University of Iowa in the USA devised his manual technique after observing poor outcomes of clubfoot surgery and extensive study of the anatomy of the foot and ankle.

The method was slow to catch on, with surgeons resisting because:

  1. It wasn’t surgery, and they liked to use their skills to fix things, regardless of whether they were the best option.
  2. It had always been done that way, and change is bad.

Once it did take hold and become the standard option for correcting clubfoot, outcomes jumped to a 98% success rate, with follow up studies showing an almost 80% incidence of long-term success.

So, what’s the point Dave?

All interesting stuff, but I’m here for the training and nutrition chat. Get on with it.

Ok, ok.

The point is that we’re often resistant to change because we get ourselves tied to how we’ve always done a thing.

We’ve always exercised a certain way.

We have always eaten certain foods at certain times.

Admit it, we can get a little stuck in our ways.

For me, my training has always been focussed on the big lifts, deadlift, bench and squat. Isolation and machine exercises were fine, but for other people to do. However, adopting a more open attitude to other training styles and methods allowed me to dramatically improve my own training and results.

For clients, it meant that not everyone had to deadlift from the floor and the goal wasn’t a back squat. Deadlifts were from a more appropriate height from the floor, or trap bar or KB options. Only 4 clients currently back squat because it matches their goals and they’ve shown the necessary abilities to earn that right to back squat.

Machine and isolation exercises are used where appropriate and the results are so much better for it.

For your training and nutrition, try looking at what you’re not doing, or what you’ve done for ages without seeing the results you really want.

If you do loads of cardio, try adding some strength training.

If you do nothing but strength training, add in a little cardio. (Trust me, this is a game changer, improved fitness improves recovery times and performance in and out of the gym).

Eating nothing but takeaway and microwave meals? Try cooking a couple of meals from scratch.

Eating at your desk at work while answering emails? Get away from your desk and eat distraction free.

Don’t allow yourself to be tied to a specific method or idea. Open yourself to new approaches, experiment to see what you can incorporate into your training and dietary approach.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.

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