[quote]Professor X wrote:
Listen, if you are a newbie and you catch yourself making statements like,
-“Hey guys, I weigh 140lbs at 6’2” and my gut sticks out after I eat now that I am getting in 6 meals a day, should I start dieting?"
-“Do you have to gain weight to get big arms? Mine are 13” around right now and I weigh 135lbs but I want them to be closer to 20" but I don’t want to have to buy new pants."
Please realize that you were apparently born without common sense and either need to buy some from a dealer or return yourself for a newer model.
This also applies to those who only train twice a week because they fear overtraining even though their intensity level matches the occupants of the average hospital Maternity ward. Oooh, and don’t forget the ones who claim they only gain fat when they eat more food as if they don’t understand that you are supposed to work hard enough to promote a “fight or flight” response and by not doing so, all of that extra food sure as hell won’t be going to muscle tissue.
Some of us didn’t need specific lessons in things like this…but then, some of us actually looked at the world around us and did some observations that covered these areas long before we knew how to log onto the internet.
This has been a public service announcement. You are now returned to your scheduled programming including news stories designed to make the populace live in a constant state of fear.
We currently live in the information age. Part of the underlining ‘truths’ is that we need LOTS of highly detailed information to make appropriate decisions; and that those with the MOST information will make the best decisions.
Sadly there are many out there who have picked up on this and make a handsome living convincing people (ie: consumers) they cannot achieve anything without their guidance.
Now, some of you might be thinking these folks are idiots for falling for this, but the fact remains the media is probably one of the most powerful and relentless institutions. After constant bombardment it’s not inconceivable to think some might begin to doubt their “common sense”.
As great as modern technology is I’m glad I lived life before the internet really took off. Back then you didn’t have 27/7 access to articles or authors, so when you came to a cross road you had come to your own conclusion and make a decision. ‘No’ they were not always the right decisions, but to realize this we still had to stick to whatever decision we made long enough to see if it worked. Now there are many who look to skip the whole ‘experience’ part and rely on the knowledge of ‘experts’.
While I agree there is something to ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’, these ‘giants’ are not gods. If you have a particular situation that they’ve never faced they’ll be forced to take an educated guess like the rest of us blokes. No more no less. But I digress…
To get back to the subject: yes, reading a few books and articles on the basics is a sound investment, but bodybuilding (like most things in life) is a personal journey for each individual to explore, enjoy (and possibly conquer!). Empower yourself and become your own expert.