Fair statement, but what does it matter? I wanted to change programs. Do you know anything about me? Do you have any knowledge as to what works for me or what is currently happening with me after 4 months on Waterbury’s program? It amazes me that if someone needs advice or assistance, one’s chances of receiving it through forums is moderate at best.
IF HOWEVER, you need useless, wise ass comments, people will come from all over the world. I mean for god’s sake…I simply ask a question about tempo and every d@%#*! bag with nothing to do has to purge there personal frustration with the rest of the world that can’t just simplify it down to ‘just lift and eat’. Ridiculous.
While I agree there is an inordinate amount of posters desperately trying to sound hardcore on this site their cries to “eat and lift” do serve a purpose.
How so? There are big bucks to be made in the fitness industry, so if they can somehow convince you need their products to succeed (programs, equipment, etc…) the better off they will be (financially). Minor issues are blown out of proportion when their have a financial interest in it.
Every seller is pulling you in their direction until you don’t know if you are coming or going.
This is where the “eat and lift” crowd shine. They help bring the pendulum back to the center. Is everything the sellers selling useless? No, but in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors they had to make some pretty wild claims. Claims that most people want to believe because it’s more more pleasant than reality.
By “dumbing” things down to “eat and lift” it makes you realize that most things are not that important.
For example: If you’re not eating enough calories and you do GVT and follow the tempo - what gains do you expect to make in mass?
Now lets assume you were eating a calorie surplus, did GVT, but didn’t follow the tempo recommendation - what kind of gains do you expect to make?
The answer should be clear. The second option would give the best results in mass.
Of course you might ask what kind of results you’d make if you ate a surplus, and followed GVT exactly as written (with tempo recommendations)?
Who knows if you’d get the exact same results. With the tempo you’d have to use lighter weights, but you’d have longer TUT. Without the tempo you’d use heavier weights which increases tension.
Ultimately if you really bust your ass either way I don’t think it will make much of a difference. Certainly not enough for it to make you doubt your current routine.
So while I also grow tired of the “eat and lift” crowd at times, there is a lot of truth to “eat to match your goals, work out regularly, strive to improve your lifts, challenge yourself, and let your genetics determine where the chips fall”.
Thank you, sheesh. If a rep cadence question is keeping you from going to the gym you need a serious kick in the shin.