Training and Assessing Hypothetical Guy

At my seminar in Vancouver this weekend, I got some really fantastic questions.

There were a few times, though, when “Hypothetical Guy” made an appearance. If you’ve never met “Hypothetical Guy” before, let me introduce you.

“Hypothetical guy” is someone (either ourselves, a client/athlete we’re working with, or simply someone we create in our mind) to help us ask a question. He has a background, a training history, a sporting history, an injury history, etc.

The problem is, when you ask myself (or someone like me) about hypothetical guy, it’s really hard to give you a definitive answer, because I don’t know everything about hypothetical guy. At the very least, I don’t know as much about him as you do.

For instance, ponder the following questions.

“How do I get bigger arms?”

“Is lumbar flexion ok?”

“How do I squat 600 pounds?”

“What type of diet is best?”

Can you imagine and appreciate how difficult how hard it is to answer those questions?

Without knowing A LOT about you, or your hypothetical man, the answer is almost always “it depends.”

If you want to get bigger arms, the course of action may be a lot different when going from 12″ to 13″ than it would be in going from 19″ to 20″.

Is lumbar flexion ok? Most times I would say that people don’t need any more lumbar flexion.  But what if they lack normal flexion range of motion? Then in that instance, sure, it may be warranted (without loading, mind you, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog).

How do I squat 600 pounds? Where are you at now? What kind of programming are you currently doing? What does your technique look like? What kind of injury history are we working with and/or around?

As you can see, it’s really hard to answer questions such as these without a boatload of information.

So if at any point in time I don’t answer a question as sufficiently as you’d like, keep in mind I’m not just being a jerk.  I want to give people a high quality answer that’s going to help them achieve their goals.

But when we’re talking about hypothetical guy, where I don’t know all the information, that’s really hard to do.

All the best

MR

(Lead Photo Courtesty of Ncanup)

P.S. – I totally forgot to mention that Charlie Weingroff is hosting a free webinar on his “Core Pendulum Theory.” If you have some free time, definitely check it out HERE.

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  1. Hi mike. Love your site. Having read your post I realise that without seeing me, a diagnosis is difficult. I was hoping you Could you point me in the right direction to find some reliable info on treating piriformis syndrome. My symptoms match up but am finding it difficult to find treatment advise. I am in extreme pain and discomfort and training is affected. Any Ideas or advice would be most appreciated.

    • I had a self-diagnosed piriformis syndrome about 6 months ago and self-treated it with foam rolling and tennis ball piriformis massage daily. I had to stop squats and deadlifts since they used to make the pain much worse, even with very light weights. Now I am back to squatting 3 times a week with no more pain; I continue foam rolling and tennis ball massage daily just in case.

  2. HAHAHA – “Hypothetical Guy” rears his ugly head again! Thanks again, Mike, for the great weekend – I picked up a ton of great info and made a few new friends.

    The greatest thing was getting to pick up some of the little nuances and details on how and why Mike does what he does that you just can’t get from a book or DVD. If anybody has a chance to see/work with “the man” in person, I highly recommend doing so!

  3. Thank you Skirmantas for your advise. Really appreciate the response. I’ll lay off the legs a while and get on the tennis ball.

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