It really just comes down to why you’re doing it and what’s motivating you to wake up and lift. I’ve never been comfortable following plans written by others. I usually try to understand why it works and every time its the basic principles over and over. It ticks me off when my friends tell me to try this or that and how it’ll get me shredded or hyooge. The truth is, most people know what to do, they know they’re fat cause they’re stuffing their faces with twinkies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They know they’re still deadlifting 225 because they’re afraid of stepping up and try to push themselves. There’s no secret, we all know it already, we’re either too stupid or scared to act on it.[/quote]
Very good point.
Alot of it is so simple, and I’ve learned that from reading these forums, and stuff from people like Professor X and a few others.
I was definitely that guy alot of you talk about here, the guy who trained for years and years, reached a certain mediocre level of benching 245, with my 15.5 inch arms, looking decently built in a medium t-shirt, and basically spinning my wheels always thinking about a new routine.
It’s easy to get bogged down in that crap. Frequency this, splits vs full body, trying to cycle between 20 damn exercises that everyone swears by. Truth is, it is very easy to go from that level of never lifting to being a weekend warrior, barely look like you lift kind of guy. And if you I were to even maintain being that guy for the rest of my life, I mean, there’s certainly worse things I could do. It still is maintaining a reasonable level of fitness.
But at some point, you get very bored of that and do have to ask yourself if this shit is really for you, and if you really wanna take it up a notch…because getting to that next level, and the level after that… that’s no accident.
And if I thought the training info was convoluted, the damn nutrition info is even worse. People worried about meal timings, and whether eating one twinkie at 11pm instead of 10pm will fuck up their gains…its maddening.
So I’m really glad I’ve decided to finally listen and man up thanks to posts from Prof X (and there are others, he’s just the one that sticks out), because that’s the kind of stuff alot of people like myself need to hear. I realized at 6 feet tall and 177 lbs, there was just a ceiling to how strong and “big” I was ever going to look so I needed to get my shit together and realize that half the workout is in the kitchen. After 2 months, I’ve been consistently eating a good solid calorie surplus of reasonable foods and lo and behold, I’ve gotten some great progress. Nothing was ever wrong with my routine. It’s beautifully simple as long as you fucking eat and aim to make progress each time you are in the gym.
But alas, I dunno how many ppl will never figure that out. It certainly took me long enough.