Do you have justification?

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Do you have a reason for what you believe and do in training (or life for that matter)?

We’ve had some pretty hot debates on ELITETRACK over the past two months ranging from ways to make the sport better and the need of Olympic lifts in training plans, to the role of ethnicity in sprinting. In general, the debaters tend to fall in to two primary groups with a minority diplomatically straddling some middle ground. Both sides bring arguments to the table and provide what they believe is reasonable and rationale reasons for support of their position. In most cases, the sides break down in to a group that has ‘a feeling’ or a ‘hunch’ that may or may not be valid while the other side provides evidence of some kind in the form of stats, data, research or anecdotes that may or may not be equally questionable. The side without the data passionately provides reasons why the data, research, and statistics are wrong or misleading. The side with the data argues that those very things, however limited, are all we can really base our conclusions on. Personally, I find myself to almost always be in the latter group. I’m not opposed to hunches and intuition; but my mindset forces me to want more to verify them. I feel pretty strongly about taking an evidence-based approach to thinking and making decisions, which is why the forum debates of this nature are often the ones I enter with the greatest voracity. With that, I’d like everyone (myself included) to do more introspection and ask yourself the following question: Is there evidence to support what you do and what you believe? Or are you thinking and doing things that are founded on unsupported hunches that fly in the face of quantifiable data, research or even anecdotal evidence.

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