Dear Ken and Brenda Hutchins, Josh and the RenEx Team,
I would like to begin this letter by apologizing for my ignorance that I skillfully showcased on your website’s comments section. I finished reading The Renaissance of Exercise – A Virtruvian Adventure – entirely over the last 3 days. This manual has enlightened me on many subjects and has actually exposed many false assumptions that I previously held concerning your exercise philosophy and recommendations. I could list with greater specificity the number of errors that I made, but for brevity’s sake the largest was probably the time under load and set duration issue. I could not have been more mistaken and it was misguided to extrapolate only small, fragmented parts of your earlier writings and place them totally out of context. Another way of stating it: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle. I have found that this saying seems applicable to much of your exercise philosophy – as I now understand it. I now see the fitness industry’s chicanery and RenEx’s research based approach analogous to alchemy facing chemistry or astrology meeting astronomy. Recently, my wife remarked that the two places she is assured to see the most overweight and unhealthy people are whole food/organic stores and entering a Zumba class. I commit to oppose these silly practices and will attempt to make a difference for the few that I can reach. I credit you for awakening me. It was much like a “red pill and blue pill” moment for me.
I do not recall when or where, but I once read that Arthur was an admirer of a poem he referred to as “the hunting of the slan”. I couldn’t find a poem by that title. Finally, I found this writing by Edgar Allan Poe that Arthur was referring to and would like to share it with you.
by Edgar Allan Poe
I have sometimes amused myself by endeavoring to fancy what would be the fate of any individual gifted, or rather accursed, with an intellect very far superior to that of his race. Of course, he would be conscious of his superiority; nor could he (if otherwise constituted as man is) help manifesting his consciousness. Thus he would make himself enemies at all points. And since his opinions and speculations would widely differ from those of all mankind — that he would be considered a madman, is evident. How horribly painful such a condition! Hell could invent no greater torture than that of being charged with abnormal weakness on account of being abnormally strong.
In like manner, nothing can be clearer than that a very generous spirit — truly feeling what all merely profess — must inevitably find itself misconceived in every direction — its motives misinterpreted. Just as extremeness of intelligence would be thought fatuity, so excess of chivalry could not fail of being looked upon as meanness in its last degree: — and so on with other virtues. This subject is a painful one indeed. That individuals have so soared above the plane of their race, is scarcely to be questioned; but, in looking back through history for traces of their existence, we should pass over all biographies of”the good and the great,” while we search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows.
This gives me pause – not only when I consider how you might have felt when ridiculed and rejected by people of less intellect, but the great tragedy of a tremendous opportunity only to be squandered by failing to embrace a rational philosophy of proper exercise – Renaissance Exercise. My mother is now crippled as the result of a physical therapist’s neglect and ineptitude. These are the same people that profess exercise knowledge in such an insolent manner yet produce very little if anything resembling rehabilitation. After a second knee replacement and both hips, my mother’s physical therapy regimen was to walk (rather shuffle) with a walker for 30 minutes, 3 times weekly and have the therapist place a goniometer next to her knee and then read it incorrectly. Of course, I was across the country and by the time I moved back, the therapist’s work was finished. TSC and slow cadence exercise represent the only safe form of exercise for my mother. She is slowly making progress and I will make modifications to carefully follow your protocol revisions and recommendations as I understand them.
Ken, I remember reading an article in which you gave tremendous credit to Arthur and suggested that anyone reading that article or exercising should send Arthur a dollar – or something to that effect. I wish to express my gratitude to you. Joshua showed tremendous patience and alacrity answering my questions. I remain perplexed concerning thorough inroad theory for various reasons, but mainly comparing the example of a push up test at a fast speed vs slow speed and which set renders muscle failure most quickly. Perhaps Gus is correct when using the analogy of the orange. Some things probably need to be experienced in order to be fully appreciated. Maybe it’s an inability to properly receive all of the information – much the same if you attempted explaining calculus to someone who had never been taught basic math or algebra. This has been yet another tremendous learning opportunity for me and I thank you and your team for providing this opportunity, even if you were unaware of the influence you imparted. I will continue to learn, submit to those more knowledgeable and fight complacency – regardless of the struggle or embarrassment ensued.
I was elated to receive my copy signed by you – Thank you!