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Advice from the Best on T-Nation


#1


[Picture of an old, experienced T-Nation brother always helpful motivation... awesome.]

Thought it would be interesting for people to quote the biggest, most experienced guys here on T-Nation and why you thought that piece of information was so important to you and how it helped or what it made you realise.

The usual guys apply like C_C, Professor X, WaylanderXX, MODOK, but try and also think of the guys that may have done things well and produced great results in terms of what they look like aesthetically not just size wise ie. The Mighty Stu, New Damage etc.

I'll begin:

Interesting thoughts on training frequency and the benefits of using it to get stronger, faster, so long as youve recovered. Why wait till the next week to hammer your muscle when it was already recovered 3 days before that?

Like X usually is, straight, simple and to the point. Recently ive started training with someone who outweighs me by 20lbs (could have been 40lbs had he not decided to cut) and ive had some of the best workouts ive ever, in addition to new training ideas and the notion of keeping things simple and not being caught up in excess information.

Feel free to add. The more information, the more everyone learns.


#2

Brandon Curry…

Too bad he got run off the boards by a bunch of obnoxious dickheads - would have been nice to have this guy around now.


#3

[quote]SkyNett wrote:
Brandon Curry…

Too bad he got run off the boards by a bunch of obnoxious dickheads - would have been nice to have this guy around now.[/quote]

I believe it would be more correct to say that he doesn’t post here anymore because his contract with a certain supplement company prohibits it.


#4

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#5

[quote]pro-a-ggression wrote:
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Here, I don’t want you to feel lonely, you’re not the only T-Nation Stalker you know:

[quote]“There is a funny thing about training knowledge; effective training is ridiculously simple. People new to the game want to gain size, and believe there must be something inherently complicated about it. So they listen to theories about tempo training, mixed fiber types, concentric/eccentric, bla bla bla. Meanwhile, large guys who have already been there are telling the new guys over and over and over its only progressive resistance, compound movements, hard work and eating a surplus. But the knowledge is not taken truly seriously because perhaps its viewed by the newbie as impossibly simple, and the other gus have “charts and graphs” to prove so. Well, the large guys have “backs and bis” to prove that it IS that simple. YOu want the essence of getting big? Lift till you can’t lift anymore, go home and eat, go to bed, and do that 4 times a week. Train each bodypart again when its not too sore to train. Thats it. That’ll be 49.95 please.”

  • Modok[/quote]

That one pretty much explains itself…Keep things simple…
And a couple from Prof. X, one being a bit more general advice:

[quote]“You’re alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act. Barbara Hall”

The same applies to bodybuilding. Your progress is not judged by how many articles you can quote. It is not judged by how complicated you can make a training routine or the fact that you have a log that lists exactly how many seconds that last set took.

The biggest and strongest have something in common. They know that action is more important than the thought of action. They know that their progress is based on their own effort. Lastly, they believe from the beginning that they can reach their goal and don’t even accept anyone telling them what their limits are before they begin.

In all honesty, those who have it in them probably don’t need this post. They would be the ones who knew what they wanted so they watched those who had it. They had the guts to make it to the gym and begin instead of sitting at home on a computer for two years reading articles as if experience can be made up for with more action-less reading.

Life is short. You do not have the time to sit around and wait for something to be handed to you. You either make a choice and act on it or you remain stagnant.

I am tired of stagnant people making their presence known as if they deserve respect simply for being.

They don’t."

  • Professor X[/quote]

This gave me a real nice kick in the ass right when I needed it.

[quote]“People age. That includes everyone here. That body you walk around in is fleeting which is why time is of the essence and why wasting years to reach a goal instead of driving hard towards it from the start makes the least sense.”

  • Professor X[/quote]

This is essentially why I believe that bulking is better than “slow-gaining” for most with major goals. It helped me realize that.


#6

[quote]SkyNett wrote:
Brandon Curry…

Too bad he got run off the boards by a bunch of obnoxious dickheads - would have been nice to have this guy around now.[/quote]

Don’t get me wrong, those people were fuckwits. But i think its a little naive to think thats why he left these forums.


#7

[quote]Dabba wrote:

Here, I don’t want you to feel lonely, you’re not the only T-Nation Stalker you know:

“There is a funny thing about training knowledge; effective training is ridiculously simple. People new to the game want to gain size, and believe there must be something inherently complicated about it. So they listen to theories about tempo training, mixed fiber types, concentric/eccentric, bla bla bla. Meanwhile, large guys who have already been there are telling the new guys over and over and over its only progressive resistance, compound movements, hard work and eating a surplus. But the knowledge is not taken truly seriously because perhaps its viewed by the newbie as impossibly simple, and the other gus have “charts and graphs” to prove so. Well, the large guys have “backs and bis” to prove that it IS that simple. YOu want the essence of getting big? Lift till you can’t lift anymore, go home and eat, go to bed, and do that 4 times a week. Train each bodypart again when its not too sore to train. Thats it. That’ll be 49.95 please.”

  • Modok

That one pretty much explains itself…Keep things simple…
And a couple from Prof. X, one being a bit more general advice:

“You’re alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act. Barbara Hall”

The same applies to bodybuilding. Your progress is not judged by how many articles you can quote. It is not judged by how complicated you can make a training routine or the fact that you have a log that lists exactly how many seconds that last set took.

The biggest and strongest have something in common. They know that action is more important than the thought of action. They know that their progress is based on their own effort. Lastly, they believe from the beginning that they can reach their goal and don’t even accept anyone telling them what their limits are before they begin.

In all honesty, those who have it in them probably don’t need this post. They would be the ones who knew what they wanted so they watched those who had it. They had the guts to make it to the gym and begin instead of sitting at home on a computer for two years reading articles as if experience can be made up for with more action-less reading.

Life is short. You do not have the time to sit around and wait for something to be handed to you. You either make a choice and act on it or you remain stagnant.

I am tired of stagnant people making their presence known as if they deserve respect simply for being.

They don’t."

  • Professor X

This gave me a real nice kick in the ass right when I needed it.

“People age. That includes everyone here. That body you walk around in is fleeting which is why time is of the essence and why wasting years to reach a goal instead of driving hard towards it from the start makes the least sense.”

  • Professor X

This is essentially why I believe that bulking is better than “slow-gaining” for most with major goals. It helped me realize that.[/quote]

Thanks man, i appreciate it :slight_smile: and those are some good quotes. One of my problems was paralysis by analysis and thinking there must be some other way. Now… im just eating to gain a pound a week for a couple of years, back off a little or adjust the carbs/cals, then continue, whilst lifting progressively heavier weights, thats it. 300lbs here i come.


#8

[quote]Tribunaldude wrote:

“Select and perform movements using a form that stresses your prime movers and allows you to progress, balance strength and form to raise poundage over time in said movements and gain bodyweight with a caloric surplus with sufficient protein intake. That’s all.”
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