Ok, I know this is nothing new, but I gotta rant here… I just got home from the gym, and had a very interesting exchange with a handful of what I would guess were early high school kids. I was training earlier than usual today as the schools are closed for Veteran’s day, so because I wasn’t really pushed for time like I usually am, I thought I would offer a few pieces of constructive advice as these kids (most obviously the ‘leader’ - you know the one, the kid with some genetic predisposition of a bicep so everyone else follows him) had no clue how to properly perform most exercises. All I did was point out how I was performing the same exercises as they were albeit in a very different manner in order to actually promote muscle growth. What I got in return was:
“have you ever heard of ____________?!” (I won’t use the authors name, because it’s not his fault if idiots choose to follow his well thought out program). “Well, this is HIS program, so we’re gonna follow it.”
Now I certainly don’t think there’s anything wrong with reading various authors and trying to understand why they present exercise selection, rep ranges, tempos, you name it, in the way that they do. BUT, if you’re going to not even execute the individual movements in a proper manner, just what magic do these sheep think is going to happen overnight so that they wake up and suddenly look like Ronnie Coleman?!
One thing I have learned through all my years of training and competing, is that even the most basic program, if the movements are done in a proper manner to elicit a response, will lead to progress if your diet and other areas of recovery are in place. You don’t need any special protocols, no fancy equipment, and you certainly don’t need to follow your favorites IFBB Pro’s current routine.
That’s it… I figured if I was gonna bitch n moan about this, I’d share with others who ‘get it’. Gonna go get me some dinner. I know of one person who was in that gym tonight who had a productive shoulder workout.