It’s a question we can answer about almost every action in our life.
All of these questions are easily answered with a purpose and some reasoning behind them. Now, apply this same principle to rehabilitation, nutrition, or fitness and all of a sudden many either cannot answer or do not have any reasoning behind their action:
Those answers may be sufficient for some, but as professionals and individuals looking to better ourselves we need to be able to answer these questions with a greater purpose. The first individual should be able to support his protein use by his size, training frequency, and goals. Why is the second individual performing knee extensions rather than a squat? Is individual Number 3's training goal strength, endurance, or hypertrophy?
You may be saying to yourself that you are fine with your diet, you simply enjoy exercising, or that all of your clients seem to be happy and making progress. This is acceptable and this post may not be for you. This necessity to ask “why?” is for those looking to better themselves as an individual and a professional. Challenging yourself to be able to answer “why?” to each and every component of a program will ensure that you are treating (training, dieting, etc.) with a purpose.
Evidence based research, applying the best available research when making a decision, is a key component to being able to formulate your “why”. In addition, you should always consider the client’s values and your own clinical expertise when constructing your program. I am not here to tell you the best method, nor am I telling you that what you are already doing is insufficient. Instead I am challenging you to be able to answer “why?” and choose diets, exercises, and programs with a purpose.