...not worth doing for the development of high submaximal velocities or for some other form of what amounts to being its own sake.

(Source: Scientific Principles of Strength Training)

I am not sure I know what that last part means

for some other form of what amounts to being its own sake.

Some form that tries to be standalone or exists solely for its own sake? Not sure If I get it

  • For what it's worth, I, a native US English speaker, think that is a horribly confusing sentence.
    – stangdon
    Apr 1, 2017 at 18:04
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    I, a native UK English speaker, do too
    – Chris M
    Apr 1, 2017 at 19:37
  • It's very confusing! It contends that doing it for the development of high submaximal velocities is just doing it for its own sake, presumably, because this is not a worthwhile reason for doing it in the author's opinion.
    – Chris M
    Apr 1, 2017 at 19:44
  • It is not a sentence, and sounds like a facebook page comment or chat group comment written in great haste.
    – Lambie
    Apr 8, 2017 at 15:25
  • @Delyew, can you provide a link to this text? I would love to know more about the mind that can create such a bizarre sentence.
    – JavaLatte
    Apr 8, 2017 at 15:48

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The way I interpret that fragment is

"(whatever we're talking about) is not worth doing for reason #1 and it is not worth doing for any other reason that could be construed as doing (whatever we're talking about) just to do it.

The phrase "what amounts to being" means it may seem like it is something different, but when you analyze it, it really is the same as this this other thing.

For example, from Making Sense of Confusing Antique Furniture Terms

Well, since a highboy amounts to being a tall chest with a legged base and a chiffonier is a high narrow chest, they're both technically chests of drawers.

The phrase "for its own sake" means to do something because doing it is intrinsically valuable and not because there is some other reason to do it.

For example from Why research for the pure sake of knowing is enough

...but scientific inquiry is most fruitful when knowledge is sought for its own sake, not to justify budgets.

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