When someone asks you a question and you have at least 3 questions to ask them before answering 😂😂
This pic is from my initial lecture on the @startingstrength training registry where we are tracking data on strength GainzZz, body comp, etc. With the help of @johnpetrizzo, we are submitting a paper on it so it'll be "in the literature."
That said, many folks ask "What should I read?" or "How do you stay up to date?" To which I reply "everything" and "it's not possible to stay up to date on everything." #
My approach to answering a question I have is to first refine the question to something that can be answered, i.e. It has an outcome that can be measured or tested and learning what is generally known about the topic via a book or review article. Second, I recommend trying to find an organization that specializes in the category that the question pertains to. In the case of strength training and its effect on a certain parameter, we might look at the NSCA or ACSM for position statements, consensus statements, etc on that topic. (Note the relative futility of using those organizations here). For a question on how something affects blood pressure or the current recommendations for a hemodynamic parameter, I might look at the USPTF, AHA, or similar to get a starting point and then doing focused "deep dives" reading scientific papers and books directly or Near-directly discussing the topic. PubMed, Tripp Database, UpToDate, and Research Gate are great for this.
Finally, if no clear answer persists I'll start showering the people who wrote some of the relevant studies with emails. You'd be surprised how often they want to talk to you about their research if you have a good question and you show you did your due diligence by reading and studying before asking them.
Learning is cool, y'all. And actually, writing this post made me realize that @a.z.b and I need to write some position stand with respect to strength training for starting strength.