Every month dozens of magazines give us dozens of articles on how to get bigger, leaner, and stronger. Every year new supplements come out with the same claims. Every year there are new nutrition tips and tricks to get your goals faster and better. Every year research proves what works and what doesn’t. Every year gyms are flooded with newbies trying to get huge fast, super cut, and amazingly strong. Every year the old pros are still working on the same goals. This has happened for many years.
I just wonder are we that much better at it. With all the new supplements, training programs, research, and diet regimens, are we all getting to our goals faster and easier than athletes were 10, 20, or 30 years ago. I know records are broken and champs are replaced so some people are exceeding the goals.
My question is for you trainers and coaches with enough experience to remember back then, are we getting bigger, leaner and stronger faster and better than generations before us , or is every generation making their own mistakes and progressing at the same pace? Can a young athlete gain 10 or 20lbs of muscle faster than he could in 1975? Can bodybuilders cut to single digit body fat weeks faster than they could in the 1980s? Are lifters able to get to those big weight milestones in deadlifts or squats years before they did back in the 1990s?
I know T-Nation has made a lot strides in a lot of these areas. I even remember some comment made by Coach Thib that said if he had to rewrite a program from one of his earlier days he would do it differently. There is also a thread where guys say, if they had to do it all over again what would they do.
I know each of us wishes we could have done things differently ,but is each generation going through the same hoops , or are we really progressing??