dogma, boredom, & one dimensional thinking

One dimensional thinking is basically dogma.

It means “this is how we’ve always done it.”

This is true in training and in life.

Getting in a rut is never helpful.

Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis said, “Dogma is the last refuge of the unimginative.”

Sometimes you just feel it in your gut that there has to be a better way.

Yet, people are very resistant to change, even a change for the better.

So they settle back in to their familiar, boring routine and never really progress.

On the other hand, some people go way overboard on changes and end up getting injured.

Here’s the thing.

A strong foundation of basics is absolutely necessary.

I don’t care if you’re playing a saxopohone or lifting heavy weights.

The same thing applies.

Basics get results and results are never boring.

Beyond the basics some change is helpful.

Don’t get sucked in to the quagmire of one dimensional thinking.

Conditioning and accessory work can make the difference.

Look at how Louie Simmons trains his lifters at Westside Barbell.

They all have solid squats, deadlifts, and bech presses, but they spend most of their time working on special exercises.

Mace Fit® is very similar.

All our athletes are good at 300’s, 360’s, and mills but we spend much time on special exercises which we refer to as conditioning/accessory work.

So don’t be afraid of change, just don’t go beserk and change so much you have nothing good left to work with.

Out for now,

Coach D (941)228-8341

Published by ironcave1

I was the owner of the Cave, a strength-based, veteran-owned, unconventional coaching facility, which closed on May 31, 2022 after almost 12 years. My full focus is now on bringing our steelclub and mace training called Mace Fit out to the public. Follow us at and @2slingsteel.

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