- I’m constantly getting called out at my gym. Every day I receive comments like “do DB bench in this direction, one-handed”, or “leave the gym sore every single day”, or “you’re squatting too deep”. I’m told that I do squats and deadlifts too often and that I do upper-body lifts too little. Just today I was referred to BodyBuilding.com by two guys at the same time. I have not seen a single one of these advice givers squat as much as they bench (let alone without the smith machine), pull off a solid-looking clean, or deadlift more than double bodyweight. Yet I am constantly told that a) I’m either going too heavy and I’m going to break my back by the time I’m 25 or b) I’m going way too light and I’m never going to get stronger.
It used to be that I could shrug it off, if someone told me to squat to parallel I’d say “well, this is just more comfortable for me” or something like that and they’d go away. But it’s starting to be a serious pain in the ass. I have to wait for someone to give me some speech about the thousand different ways for me to do DB bench before I can do my set.
Now, I’ve gotten stronger. My working weights for clean, front squat, DB bench, and DB OHP have doubled. Weights that used to be hard are now what I dust off in 30 minutes on a deload week. My progress hasn’t been as good as I planned it to be, but I’ve put at least 40 lbs on my bench and OHP and 100 lbs on my deadlift (not sure about squat since I started on a smith machine) since last year. And even though it’s not optimal, it’s solid progress, and I just want to keep my training simple.
But how do I say that what I’m doing is working for me, I just want to keep my training simple, and I don’t want to change my training, without seeming like a pretentious prick?
- My goal is to have a high power/weight ratio so I can get better at breakdancing. So, that makes my goal to be “CNS strength” or “muscle recruitment” as opposed to muscle size. Does this mean I don’t ever have to worry about eating more? If that’s wrong, is there some guideline I can follow? I did search this question but I found nothing.