The Sample Size of One -Why Should You Test a Claim

Published by Klint Ciriaco on

When you hear a claim backed by studies, most of us would accept it as gospel. 

For example, Palm Cooling Protocol Increases Gym Performance by 20%. The claim is that on average, if you cool your hands, you’re going to be less fatigued. So, you’re going to run longer or increase your reps at the gym. 

If you read closely, the claim is prefaced with “on average.” It’s actually a safe way to present a claim. Why? Because most of us fall in the average portion of a bell curve. 

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But, that’s not the whole picture 

Experiments have a range of results. Even if you fall under the average range category, you might be in the lower or higher end of it. 

Heck, you might be an outlier. This is why it’s best to test things out. 

If the protocol works, then great. Otherwise, these things could happen: 

  1. You’d be wasting time and money.
  2. You’d be wasting energy on fruitless efforts. 

Let’s say you read some studies showing that beet juice lowers blood pressure. So, you start drinking about $20 worth of it per week for months without checking your blood pressure. 

Your bi-annual check up to the doctor arrives and he tells you your blood pressure is still high. After a couple of hundred dollars, you find out that you’ve wasted money drinking something that tastes like dirt. 

I personally tested the Palm Cooling Protocol and it did increase my performance at the gym. But, I only improved by 13% instead of 20%. It’s still a huge gain, but it’s the extent of the protocol’s effect on me. 

You an see stuff like this in all facets of life.

Business gurus sell their strategies like it’s the gospel. Companies share a diet fad telling you it’s guaranteed to work. Etc. 

So next time you get information, test it on the most important test subject, you, to see if it does work and by how much.