In Fitness, Knowledge is Power

By on September 22, 2023

It’s a cliche, but when it comes to fitness, knowledge ISpower.

Your muscle will come and go. You will have good months and bad months. Injuries and setbacks.

You’ll try different training styles. That’s all part of the fitness journey.

But, when all is said and done, what do we get to keep from all of it? What can’t be taken from us?

The knowledge. And, better yet, the self-knowledge.

Self knowledge

We learn, over time, what makes our bodies tick. What we respond to and what works for us.

We learn about different muscles and the best exercises to target them. We learn and refine the perfect form on movements like the deadlift and handstand. We uncover the hidden depths of seemingly “simple” moves like the squat.

We learn about different mechanisms of hypertrophy. How to optimise diet and rest. And how to get the best results from our training in the shortest time. Whether we’re training for aesthetics, athleticism, max strength, mobility, or a mixture of all those things. 

Maybe we’ll even take that learning deeper and start to learn about the nervous system, the fascia, and the brain. Or the biochemistry, physics, and disturbing quantum physics beneath even that.


The result is potential. We might not always be in our best shape. But each time, we’ll be able to get back to that point, quicker. And then go even further beyond.

Don’t be held back by a lack of knowledge. Don’t let a lack of knowledge prevent you from starting your fitness journey right now. Anyone can start jogging or doing basic bodyweight movements in their bedroom.

But do make an effort to keep learning, as you train. Because it’s fascinating, because it’s enlightening, because it’s all a part of the journey.

And because, ultimately, it is one of the key factors that will set you apart from the pack. 

View the process of learning about fitness as a key aspect of the training itself – even if you think you know everything (trust me, you don’t).

Observer Effect

Read books on the matter. Watch YouTube videos.

Better yet: ask questions! Why do we train this way? Why this many sets? What’s the optimal rest time?

Run experiments for yourself: try dropping things that might be unnecessary. Try adding things you discover. 

Build on the knowledge you gain. Being able to add your own exercises, for example, is an incredible way to express yourself and to train in a manner that is entirely unique to you. But you can only do this IF you have first developed the necessary understanding of biomechanics and anatomy (otherwise you risk injuring yourself).

The ONLY way to experience truly unlimited gains is to keep learning. 

About Adam Sinicki

Adam Sinicki, AKA The Bioneer, is a writer, personal trainer, author, entrepreneur, and web developer. I've been writing about health, psychology, and fitness for the past 10+ years and have a fascination with the limits of human performance. When I'm not running my online businesses or training, I love sandwiches, computer games, comics, and hanging out with my family.


  1. Dave says:

    Very wise words! Love and embrace the sentiment

  2. Konstantin Simeonov says:

    I remember when I read your book super functional training 2, when I realized that you can train your body in all aspects without interference. It was awesome, it was like I had a limiter removed. Now that I look back, it really was a lack of understanding that was the issue not my body

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