Think back to one of those conversations in the gym or on the training ground: someone spreading their thoughts on the latest fitness insights, trends and insider tips. It’s become known as Broscience – where experience is passed off as scientific knowledge. The question is, to what extent should we listen to these conversations? Are they backed up by real science and if not, could they still be a valuable source of information?
What is Broscience?
A “Bro” can be any random person or training partner in the gym, at the training ground or on the internet. A “Bro” is not always a qualified personal trainer but usually has some experience in lifting weights and working out.
“Broscience” is the workout tips and information that a “Bro” shares with others – usually in a training environment. This information is not necessarily backed up by real science but is rather personal experiences, assumptions or information passed on from someone else.
The reason why so many people consider Broscience a reliable source of information is because it’s often the case that the person sharing this information has their dream physique and seems to have reached the goal that they are aiming for – “He looks like he knows what he’s doing, so I’ll follow his lead”. It’s easy, appealing and we don’t have to think about it.
What does science say?
When we talk about real science, we definitely need to mention the core assets of science: research and studies. Whenever there could be a causal connection, it has to be proven right or wrong. And no: experience doesn’t serve as proof.
Instead, studies are reliable because they usually take into account many different individuals. Why is this important? Think about it: no two person’s bodies are the same. Your metabolism, muscular system, bone structure etc. don’t function the same as someone else’s. Also, the fact that studies often take years to be completed, indicates how detailed their pursuit to find the truth is. Significant results and trustworthy information must be more than a one-off finding, but rather inherently repeatable. That’s why with science, it’s often the case that studies are ongoing. What’s uncovered today could be different in the upcoming years or decades. On the other hand, it also could be valid forever.
So which source should you listen to?
There are two different kinds of people: People who believe in numbers and figures, and people who trust feelings, self-experiments and insider tips. Still, we recommend you always undertake your own research and read up on certain trends before trying out any unfamiliar experiments you heard about from your bro at the gym. Just because it worked for someone else, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for you.