To develop context, you need anchors or reference points that orient you in the world. Think of a compass. A compass is helpful because the arrow is designed to align with the magnetic North. With magnetic North as an anchor point, you can find the remaining cardinal directions and navigate wherever you want.
Your athletic compass has two anchor points: Impact and Biopsychosocial.
Impact means assessing how much a methodology or product can improve your performance. This anchor point is harder for athletes because it relies on the athlete understanding the fundamentals of exercise training theory. Since you no doubt have no plans to enroll in university for an expensive, low-paying degree, let me condense an entire major into one simple sentence: train and sleep a lot for a decade.
Training is a lot of things, but mostly it’s just boring work. The fundamental difference between the fitness you want and the fitness you have now isn’t your training intensity distribution philosophy or whether you use PR cream, it’s the amount of consistent, quality work you’re putting in. All the methodology and product voodoo might help you a little, but its importance is trivial compared to just doing the work over and over.
The second part of context is biopsychosocial. That’s a fancy term for your the biological, psychological, and social nature components of your Life.
The biological part of your Life is the physical – age, gender, metabolism, immunity, build, etc. The psychological aspect of your Life is both the mental – thoughts, mindset, beliefs – and emotional – feelings, perceptions, etc. The social part of your Life is your relationships, finances, environment, culture, heritage, etc.
Biopsychosocial context matters as a contextual anchor point because evaluating the impact of a training method or performance is insufficient until you cross-reference it with your Life.