Solved: The Greatest Fitness Mystery of All!

This past weekend, Viking Strength Systems and friends had the pleasure of spending the day with the great strength coach and educator, Dan John. He was doing a presentation of almost entirely new material that built upon his awesome seminar, Intervention.

Over the course of an entire day we absorbed every snippet of wisdom we could so that we can help make you better.

What I want to discuss today is the difference between the ‘mystery’ and the ‘problem’ when it comes to health, fitness and performance.

A mystery is something not well understood or baffles and eludes understanding.

Scooby-Doo and the gang solve mysteries,, and although the viewer might know who the ‘ghost’ is 5 minutes into the episode, somehow they don’t know who (or what) it is. Due to a lack of understanding, the gang doesn’t know WHAT the end point is.


A problem, on the other hand, is a question to be considered, solved, or answered.

A problem is something like running out of Scooby-Snacks. It’s a hassle, but Shaggy has to get to the Scooby-Snack store, buy the Scooby-Snacks, and then hopefully remember to buy extras so he doesn’t have to do this every day.

There is a known solution, Shaggy just has to do the leg-work and decide HOW to get from A to B.

The big gap that exists in the fitness and performance industry is that people think achieving their goal is mystery, when in reality it’s just a problem. This leaves them confused and frustrated instead of making measurable steps towards their goal.

– Fat loss isn’t a fitness mystery; it’s a problem.

– Getting stronger isn’t a fitness mystery; it’s a problem.

– Improving performance isn’t a fitness mystery; it’s a problem.

We already have the answers:

– Want to lose fat? Increase energy expenditure and/or decrease caloric intake.

– Want to get stronger? Progressive overload.

– Want to improve performance? Practice your sport and fill in the gaps with strength and conditioning.

I’m not saying these things are easy, but the answer is has already been figured out.

Let’s be honest, people have been losing fat, getting stronger, and improving performance for decades, and your situation isn’t anything new.

You know where you are now (A) and you know your goal (B).

The only question is, how do you want to get there?

This is where a coach comes in.


Just like when your car has a problem, you don’t need to spend the weekend tearing your hair out in frustration because you can’t figure it out.

You take it to the mechanic and they tell you what’s wrong and what needs to be done. Even though you didn’t know the problem, it’s okay – a professional has it covered – and you spent the weekend enjoying yourself with friends and family instead of underneath a dirty car.

Health, fitness and performance are no different.

Instead spending your time trying to figure out what the problem is, spend your time actually progressing towards your goal. Those two weeks of learning about program design and when to eat what carbohydrate could have been two weeks of you losing fat, getting stronger or improving your performance.

There is a lot of information out there, and we understand how confusing it can be. But the reality is you need to stop approaching your goal like a mystery and start approaching it like a problem.

You don’t need Scooby-Doo and Mystery Machine, you need a professional that will give you the answer and help you figure out how to get there.


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