June 28, 2012

Are you confused yet?

Have you seen the infomercial for a product called P90X?

P90X is a home exercise system developed by Tony Horton.
It claims to significantly improve physical fitness in 90 days through a rigorous segmented training program combined with a nutrition and dietary supplement plan.

P90X's advertising emphasizes "muscle confusion", a method of cross training and periodization achieved through switching the order of exercises and incorporating new and varied movements.

Muscle confusion supposedly prevents the body from adapting to exercises over time, resulting in continual improvement without plateaus.

This is a fascinating concept, moving toward a target, then shifting the target and providing a new target.

Why stop at muscles?  How about a product that makes us more organized by using "mental confusion?"

Or a product that guarantees orgasms using sexual confusion?

Confusion itself is a confusing word.

It comes from the  confundere "to pour together", or "to mingle together".

Is the USA a big melting pot, or more accurately "political confusion?"

1 comment:

  1. The melting pot analogy would reflect cultural confusion, under your premise. A premise by the way, that I quite enjoy! And I like the idea of cultural confusion mitigating the "plateaus" of human mutuality and respect, if it is the antonym of cultural hegemony and certainty. Multi-culturalism has an impact. Most of it a good one in my estimation.

    But in speaking to the CONFUSED exercise regime , it acknowledges the plasticity of the brain, and its tendency to wire and rewire itself as it sees fit. Pun intended. What we know, is that if you are reasonably physically active, and have at least a moderately healthy diet, our bodies will operate within 10% either side of what your DNA has prescribed for you.

    That may or may not be of comfort.

    The denser the milt, the more fertile the silt! Respect. Kp