Bro science is fitness knowledge passed off as fact with little or no real world first-person experience to substantiate conclusions.
Bro science, spread by “bro’s” in the gym.
I have a confession to make…
…I used to believe in it.
Here is some typical “bro science”:
- Consume a meal every 3 hours on the clock;
- Consume a meal before you work out;
- Consume a meal within an hour of your workout;
- Consume 6 meals a day;
- Consume a protein shake after workouts;
- Consume a “clean” diet of chicken and broccoli;
- Consume a calories surplus; and
- Work out 6 days a week.
Etc. Etc. Ad nausea.
And in my experience it was a bit of nonsense (I’m not a doctor or personal trainer or qualified in anyway and what follows is only my experience – nothing more.)
On New Year’s Eve I decided to ignore common fitness “wisdom” and do the following every day:
- Consume all my calories in a 5-8 hour window;
- Consume no food before working out;
- Consume meals when I’m hungry;
- Consume only 2 meals a day;
- Consume no liquid meals;
- Consume a moderate amount of junk food;
- Consume a calorie deficit; and
- Work out 2 days a week.
I.e. the opposite of “bro science.”
And based on that here is what happened to my measurements:
- Body Mass: down 9kg;
Waist: down 4”;
Bench Press: up 15kg;
Push Press: up 20kg;
Weighted Pullup: up 22.25kg; and
Deadlift: up 27.5kg.
My measurements were going in the right directions…
Body mass and waist went down and all my lifts went up.
Ice hockey is back and I feel like a warrior – faster & stronger than ever.
So what was the lesson for me out of this?
Just because I assume something is true, doesn’t actually make it true.
Test assumptions, not just in fitness but everything in life…
As Venture Capitalist Marc Andreessen said “strong opinions, loosely held.”