In this series, I’ve been slowly revealing an emergent system of applied technoscience which I labeled Strategic Fitness, better known as StratFit.
In that installment, I also delved into the very nature of “a science” and Science with a capital S as defined by Heidegger; it is a modality of human existence that is constant purpose-driven action. It is an endless activity of creative striving, to eventually thrive at higher and higher levels. It is the essence of being human (rather than plant or animal) and eventually super-human, according to Nietzsche.
In part two, I went into the genesis of training science and how it sprung from a particular creative technological innovation: the Olympic barbell. I gave a high-level view of how the whole theoretical area of training science evolved in the 20th century and how it produced a fundamental intellectual tool for training organization: the seminal Weightlifting Intensity and Repetition chart of A.S. Prilepin.
In part four, I showed how I took the super heavyweight world records of competitive Weightlifting and Powerlifting to act-ualize the Load, to bring it from the purely abstract realm into our act-ual realm, in order to make the concept imminently practical for training athletes and any fitness trainees. I defined what something being "actual" means to us, that the thing can act or be acted upon, and that it will undergo some amount of change or adaptation according to the action. I referenced the Platonian idea of the "substantial" in doing so. The transformation of the Load idea from the purely abstract to the actual realm was the step in which StratFit crossed over the dimensional line from theoretical to applied science.
The integration of the realms of Kratos, Hermes, and Ares in our Atlantean work marks a significant milestone in the creative journey represented by the titanic mission of StratFit. At this moment, I want to remark on the implications of what has emerged and on the creative process that I went through to get the system to this point.
The Inception of StratFit: Aesthetic Intuition
Often the full expression of the concept can take years, an entire lifetime, or, as incredible medieval multi-generational works attest to, multiple lifetimes.
In article three, I dubbed the INOL as “the Abstract Internal Training Load.” The Abstract Load of a set of 4 reps with 80% intensity for a set of bench presses, conventional deadlifts, or snatches would all be the same. However, this is not true. Therefore the next step in improving the precision of the Atlantean grid for physical training was to develop a protocol for determining the actual loading difference between various spatial forms. I described the process of creating the spatial-from stress-factor using the super heavyweight world records of competitive lifting in article four. That work was initiated by an aesthetic idea, that the best performance in human history for each spatial form gives us the clearest overall picture of the developmental impact that spatial form has on any human being.
The Frequency of the Beyond: Intelligent “Fuzziness”
An applied science is a methodology that uses a system of acquired knowledge to better manipulate and dominate the actual world (or a part of it) to enable human creativity and increase achievement. As William James said, “the Truth is what Works.”
In a universe of perpetual flux, for a “truth” to continue “working,” a certain amount of “fuzziness” must remain in the mathematical system that allows for the practical application of that “truth." By linking the StratFit spatial-form stress factors to the human performance “moments of clarity” that new world records represent, we retain that ever-evolving cosmic “fuzziness” in our “truth.” In other papers and articles, I will detail a continual performance testing system that allows the StratFit mathematical framework to react to the vicissitudes of every athlete’s life. In the future, we will integrate greater machine learning and AI technologies to make this process even more precise at each moment. In reality, all long-term practical precision is dependent on intelligent maintenance of fuzziness in the system.
A New System of Weights and Measures for Physical Training
When a new system of applied science establishes itself, the first product of that science is a new system of weights and measures for the phenomena of concern. The Actual Training LOAD is the foundational concept for a new “metric” system for physical training. In parts three, four, and five, I displayed the Loads of various competitive activities and standard training activities from the realms of Kratos and Hermes; lifting and running. By throwing Atlas’ gridwork over the dominions of both of these deities, the Loading concept uncovers synchronicities between them, as we saw in article 5. These synchronicities showed that my intuitions have indeed led to creating a whole universal system to measure training loads in the kingdom of Ares: the world of cross-training for competitive combat.
In the table above I aligned in rows the competitive and training activities that are close in terms of the Load. This visual reveals the syncretic nature of the Act-ual Loading concept. First we see in the realm of Kratos that the classic competitive activity of the Clean & Press from the Historic Weightlifting meet is almost exactly equal to the competitive Bench Press, this is an interesting correspondence between Historical Weightlifting and Modern Powerlifting.