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  1. Except these things still sell, and lots of 'passe' fitness trends are still profiting off of peoples hopes. You're falsely associating the lack of good information with the death of the product. One does not follow the other. I'd prefer to take 10 minutes of my day to inform unsuspecting people so they don't scammed. I wish we lived in a world where brands and marketing didn't dominate, but that simply isn't reality.
  2. Because it's not about the product. It's like saying that you have a wonderful line of green teas that are way better for you than Coke, so people are just going to switch to the objectively healthier option. Regardless of how much healthier your product is, people are still going to drink coke because it's driven by a relentless marketing machine that pushes a product that overrides their better judgement. The original post that was illegitimately remove from the internet was a ration discussion about the quality of a product. The discussion is now 'post truth', which is why I started a conversation (that I had previously avoided) that cuts directly to the heart of the matter. What you're seeing is not the death cries of a program. It is the transformation of a product from a source of information, to a brand and overall 'life philosophy'. The formation of a fitness cult. Train the GB way, think like a GB champion, eat like the GB elite so you too can get that six pack that will finally give you that deep life satisfaction you've always been searching for. Just supply your credit card number.
  3. Yes, it's a special circumstance with the writer being under an NDA. I've read the original review that was taken down, and in my understanding there's nothing in it that could reasonably be covered by an such a contract. But as usual, the threat of legal action is enough most of the time. The original post was simply a review that could have easily be written by any GB customer. There was no material covering trade secrets or business plans. So while the special circumstances give the situation an air of legitimacy, it's purely a smoke screen to cover up another of Christopher's tantrums. There are internet libel laws that people can attempt to use to go after people directly. Not that it's applicable in this case, as I didn't make anything up, I can confirm it all with third parties. But the NDA wasn't applicable either, and that didn't stop him.
  4. Here's my official reply by the way, if anyone is interested (posted on Reddit). I've had a 'live and let live' philosophy in regards to GB for a while. I was fine with Christopher editing and controlling his personal forums and Facebook groups however he likes. But when he used legal action to remove a critical but very fair assessment of his program from a public community, it really set me off. And I realized that while it's better for me to let these things pass, there are still a lot of people who are getting duped by this guy, and I wanted to be sure people know what they're getting into. A least I was fortunate enough to get into GB at a point when he was actually interested in training people, now it's just all about the money and prestige. My apologies for dredging up something that has been a bit of a mess for a lot of us. But here are my final words on the subject:
  5. Thanks for pointing that nonsense out. I've been out of GB for a while, but after learning that Christopher is trying to wipe away any negative reviews of his program from the internet I was motivated to give a final reply. Self important, know-it-all blowhards are a dime a dozen in the fitness industry, but that guy really takes the cake.
  6. This is one of my favourites for thoracic extension, I've been using it for a good while now. It really lets you target trouble spots like you said. For my needs I generally keep the bench a bit higher towards my hands and to focus on shoulder flexion.
  7. It did, but imagine staring at your shoes for twenty minutes because you'd completely lost the capacity to tie them. Riding a bike is so synonymous with intrinsic ability that we refer to any other 'unforgetable' action as 'like riding a bike'. So the fact that the ability could disappear at any point for any amount of time is the remarkable thing. I think while many aspects of this experiment and it's implications could be dissected and examined at length. The inevitable and most obvious conclusion which has been repeatedly confirmed again and again through the study of the brain is that we are all living with a fundamental bias. There are people who are more open to change their view and learn, and there are people who think that their brain is carved in stone. But regardless of your capacity to change, your brain will sink into a fixed path and filter your view of the world and everything you perceive. (whether you are consciously perceiving that pattern play out or living on auto-pilot is a separate idea I think) I think the only way to even approach to counteract this bias is the accept that it's an integral part of your though process. And even then, from my perspective, it's completely unavoidable. And at the same time I don't think it would be ideal to do away with it entirely anyways. Because being able to set fixed, repeatable patterns to interact with the world is at the heart of skill, knowledge and personality.
  8. That's the big question I think. He was able to jump back to the old pattern after a while, it would be really interesting to know if he could eventually learn to do it at will. I find with languages it's similar, I have distinct 'paths' for different languages that my brain can flip between. Though they definitely get muddled. There are people who can keep up a large number of languages, but switching between them too close together tends to muddle them. But from what I understand, they practice all their language for an extended period every day. I really want to try this too!
  9. I find this video really easily summarizes my understanding of the underlying architecture of the brain. They important thing to note here is that when he made a subtle but fundamental shift in how he did a particular activity, he didn't add a new skill, he replaced an old skill. He jumped out of one groove in his mental record and landed right in another one. For my money, this is actually excellent because this is where real neuroplasticity happens. If you want to challenge yourself down to your neurons you need to 'break your brain' like he said in the video. You need to play way out in deep waters where your brain doesn't know how to cope. If you don't feel lost and confused, I don't think you're challenging that underlying architecture. I think that's why some of the best stuff you can do for your brain is to learn a new language, start meditating, or go live in a new country. Take on new activities that are so beyond the scope of the everyday that they force seismic shifts in your brain. This is what I meant when I was talking abut shifting between fixed patterns. From my perspective the classic realms of movement generalists like gymnastics, parkour, dance, rock climbing and the like are really just playing with transferable skills. They're still specializing heavily within a certain broad category of movement and taking the fundamental aspects from one activity to another. All these physical activities aren't different lakes that people jump in and out of, they're one big ocean. After training gymnastics, climbing felt fairly easy and comfortable. I have a lot to learn to get good at it (and I need to carve out automatic habits before I can do it safely), but I was still playing within a similar skill set. But calling myself a generalist because I tried a few activities seems akin to calling a musician who plays multiple musical instruments a generalist. When in fact this is the case for most musicians because the skills are so transferable. They are deeply specialized in the activity of music. That's just my two cents, hopefully I won't offend any generalists out there. I think working with different activities is wonderful, I'm just digging into the nitty-gritty semantics of what it means. edit: This video is also a stark example of establishing new neurological paths in adults vs children. As the adult took 1600%(!) more time to learn the same skill!
  10. I'm quite interested in this subject. I'm having a lot of muddled thoughts while I work through some ideas. But it's definitely a conversation I'm interested in. While I'm figuring things out, I'll just drop in this video that I shared with you previously (in case anyone here hasn't seen it yet). I think it speaks volumes on how our brains respond to movement, and those worn tracks on a record that you talked about.
  11. I'm playing with these and I like the feeling of them. Though I find the 'best' sensations come from doing this with locked straight arms, have you played with that all? This way I feel the movement all along the length of the arm and some interesting stuff in the elbows, particularly in a trouble spot on my right elbow.
  12. I understand what you're getting at, though I don't think they're bizarre at all. Everyone's just looking for answers, and hoping to find 'the answer'. What I've found is that while there are things that work particularly well for me, nobody can give me the answer. One person's 'perfect solution' might be another person's useless move. Everyone has a fixed pattern, and all we can do is try and move towards a different fixed pattern. In that light I find the idea of being a generalist somewhat of a fallacy.
  13. I think most of us are here to push our limits, I was speaking more specifically about training intensity. The GB dichotomy is in how one should approach those limits, not the question of whether someone should approach them. I also enjoy working at the ragged edge, if you're never on the edge you'll never move past it. But from a training perspective, the advice is without depth. My main point is that they are just hollow words wrapped in orthodoxy and marketing. And in that context of orthodoxy, competing and contrary ideas can all be held up as true simultaneously. To seek intensity constantly is to encourage discomfort. To feel at ease in the most difficult of situations is to own them completely. Some very interesting contradictions. This is a consistent thread, what is true now has always been true and will remain true until it is supplanted by the next truth. The capacities of his athletes are legendary, though perhaps the legends are more akin to those of King Arthur, than Alexander the Great. The exemplars in the Foundation course videos are far from perfect.
  14. Thanks for an extensive write up. I got a bit caught up on this term and what it means. A consistent thread in GB is that one must constantly seek, and simultaneously avoid the bleeding edge of intensity. If you're not progressing the answer is "simple", work harder. If you've injured yourself the answer is "simple", you've worked too hard. While one could simplistically argue that one needs to find that sweet spot of training intensity. In it's essence, this actually nothing more than a legal disclaimer with no direct relevance to training mentality. As an American company, GB exists in a society which is very paranoid about the litigiousness of it's consumers. I find it impossible that one can place intensity as the goal, while simultaneously stating that we should avoid overly intense intensity. Given the number of people who joyously exclaim how much pain the stretch course causes them, maximum intensity is clearly the focus. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that anyone who is injured from the stretch course will get a stock response on how they just didn't listen. My personal focus is to try and feel as little intensity as possible in as full a range of movement as possible. Being in a physically extreme position with no physical or mental intensity is a far more objective and clear goal (though not easy!). It still leaves me rather melancholy that an entire community can seemingly forget, seemingly at the flip of a switch, that static stretching was previously considered 'pointless' on GB just a short while ago. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
  15. Don't feel too bad about it, this appears to be one problem that many people consistently have difficulty improving on. I've heard it from many different people, people who have no problems making progress in other areas of the body. What's working best for me is my thread that I linked to above. Though my results are annoying inconsistent.
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