[quote]Professor X wrote:
Anyone can talk about how hard they train. Words are just words. The truth is, the guys who actually push as hard as what we are talking about in this forum would likely be seen as marginally insane in a regular gym filled with soccer moms and overly fat accountants on exercise bikes.
They get up and hit the gym when other people are sleeping…and they go hard when other people would have taken a day off.
Knowing that “hardcore” is more about action than words spoken, is it even possible to put that level of commitment into words?
What describes “hardcore”…and why is it seen as a bad thing lately?[/quote]
Basically, no matter how you train, there is some training method that is harder and more effective than what you’re doing. (I don’t mean everything that’s harder is therefore more effective, i’m just saying hypothetically, a method does exist).
Now, the non-hardcore trainees won’t do it. They don’t care what’s more effective, they care what’s harder, and they want to do the easier thing. The hardcore trainees will do it. They don’t care what’s harder. All they care about is what’s more effective. A lot of times these guys have bad information and they do things they think are effective even though they’re not.
There is more of learning curve for the hardcore trainees as well, considering their priorities. It is very easy to figure out which training methods are hard or not. But it takes a lot of time to figure which ones are effectve.
You can see this sort of dichotomy in every aspect of training. Consider steroids. How many times has someone taken steroids to make gains that would’ve been naturally achievable, fucked up their PCT, lost everything, and then vilified steroid users? Its happened more than once, I personally know people like this. But they differ than people that use correctly, because the former wanted an easy fix, the latter, after years of hard work doing what they believed was effective, and after hitting what they sensed was their natural barrier, they did what they thought was necessary