Ok, I’m going to play devil’s advocate here. What would you rather have: one article every month saying espousing the tried and true ways of the classic bodybuilders, or several articles a week with contradictory opinions based on new science/studies/personal experience, which require you to be a critical reader and thinker?
I think the whole point of the articles here are to get you to think outside of your comfort zone. If you honestly don’t agree with the author’s opinions, then so be it. But at least you have been exposed to another opinion and are aware of what is being done in the industry, and where it may be headed in the future.
If Mike Boyle says don’t deadlift, but you deadlift heavy every week anyway, good for you. I know I do, and I do ATG back squats, too just like a lot of people here. But, what if you’re a 38 year old veteran with nagging injuries? Don’t you think an article like Mike’s would help?
Now take CT’s anti-bulking article. It seems to me that he was unfairly criticized by the “I bulked up to 15% BF and made huge gains” crowd. That’s great that they made gains, and were willing to carry around some fat in the process, but CT’s whole point was that for most of us, who will never be standing on a stage in our skivvies, there is no point in spending half of the year fatter than we want to be, so that we can be a little bigger down the road.
Was his article for everyone? NO! But it still should be read by everyone here, and considered.
I agree with you all that the basics will always be a sure bet: Lift hard, rest enough, and eat big. No author here has EVER said otherwise. But, they have offered interesting alternatives for those who have goals which differ from professional bodybuilders’. What about those of us can’t get to the gym 5 days a week to do a standard BB split? Well, a 3 day full-body routine is a perfect fit.
I think it is unfair to call into question the integrity of T-Nation based on a few articles which you don’t agree with. That’s the whole point of this site! Its a think-tank. Please tell me where you can get a group of free-thinking, intelligent, creative people to agree on ANYTHING, let alone something as complex as fitness and nutrition.
Now, the fact that we have a manorexic posting a picture every day is a problem (and saying they eat a TON, like, you know, 2500 calories), but please don’t confuse that unfortunate trend with a series of articles intended to offer some unpopular opinions. Yes, T-Nation has had some unfortunate developments of late, but the writing is certainly not one of them, in my opinion.
Thanks for listening. Peace.[/quote]
I agree here. I’ll play the devil’s advocate; not a stretch for me.
Anyway, I think articles like CT’s latest “The truth about bulking”, are perfect to ‘stir the shitstorm’ or ‘knock the dust off that pussy’ so to speak. They evoke responses from all angles and get to the bottom of debates in no time, and perhaps spark new ones. People are going to believe what they want to anyways to suit their own best interest or defense on a position. Even if the intended material is knowingly false, it’s up to the readers to draw forgone conclusions from it.
The more articles you read that open up peoples eyes and force them to think, the better. If you want to really understand your training and experiences, it doesn’t hurt to look at them from different angles and perspectives, even if you completely disagree with them. I don’t agree with over half of the programs being used because I found better ways, but I still with experiment with them from time to time and see if there’s anything I’m overlooking.
If you were a democrat and could not understand why a republican would think that way, the best thing to do is pretend you’re a republican and try to think like that. Try to understand their point of view… all the while making your point of view that much more valid when you can draw conclusions and fully understand it from all viewing perspectives.
You know, a guy with a 125 I.Q. can only have a 125 I.Q. But, if two people with 125 I.Q.'s came together from opposite thinking patterns, they could actually produce a higher than 125 I.Q. result. Possibly a 140 I.Q., and there you have it. There’s all the reason in the world to be open minded and try to look through the glass from all viewing angles.