A Few Stats for You.

October 27, 2014

Here’s a few starts that I learned and found interesting while pursuing my degree in exercise science.  I’d first like to preface this by saying that this was information that was presented to me probably around 5 years ago at this point which for me makes it OLD information. If you were to research the topic (actual research. Not google or wikipedia.) these stats might have changed or have been found to be untrue.  I don’t have access to Pubmed (ya know . . . one of those places where you find ACTUAL articles) or anything like that anymore so if you’re interested enough to find information that is different, feel free to post a comment.

Stat #1)

It (usually) takes around 10 years to peak in a sport.  

This is something that I think of often.  It gives me perspective and my newbies find it particularly annoying whenever I bring it up.  One thing I will say is that the most talented people that I teach or know will rise to the top significantly faster than a regular person (like myself).  Jake, my 19 year old newbie, was taking and missing attempts at a 135 snatch last Friday.  I think it took me at least 3 years to finally pass 130 on the snatch.  This makes a) Jake an asshole.  b) him more talented than me.  BUT . . . and this is a huge BUT.  No matter how talented an athlete, they still have to go through that initial learning curve.  Jake will simply be doing it with heavier weights than I did.  Also, I’ve seen firsthand a lot of talented lifters rise (close) to the top at an exceptionally fast rate but then begin to burn out or get funny once things stop going their way or go through their first real “funk” with the lifts.  A funk is a period of time where a lifter will have trouble hitting near max attempts and will have trouble making it click.  Most newbies will begin to get frustrated after a few weeks of this.  My newbies will find it particularly annoying when I bring up the fact that they don’t even KNOW what a funk is until they’ve experienced one for upwards of a few months or even a year.  Just sayin.’  The law of diminishing returns is a tough pill to swallow.  Progress with weightlifting is cyclical; everything you take you gotta give back . . . Then work hard to get it again plus that 1% that keeps us coming back.

Stat #2)

The majority of people who lose a significant amount of bodyfat will gain it back (and more) within a span of 5 years.  

I’ve observed this one both with myself and others who fit this description.  When I was 18, I went from 270 to a svelte 205.  Oh yeah.  From that point on, I remained a comfortable 105kg (230lbs) until I decided I didn’t care about weight classes in 2010 and slowly drifted up to a whopping 280lbs in 2012.  I now sit comfortably at 245 and plan to eventually get back down to 230 at some point.  I’ll probably post a before and after pic once I do make that jump.  I work in the fitness industry where people care what your body looks like even if I don’t.  I’d need to find a new job if I didn’t acknowledge that.

The point of telling you all this is that I may have beat the curve by 2 years but it for the most part was true; granted gaining more weight was a conscious choice.  What this means for me in the future is that I’ll have to be even more carful about what I eat once I pass 30 years old (and beyond).  Once the body hits a certain bodyweight, it is set to maintain that bodyweight.  So to all you hardgainers out there stuffing your face.  Be careful because you might get what you wish for.

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