Just thinking out loud here with random thoughts as they come to my head. Feel free to chime in.
For a while now, I've been wondering if there is an "it" factor when comes to putting on muscle mass. First, when I was just getting into lifting, I thought it was the supplements (thank you Musclemag). Wasted a few pay-cheques on some crappy things like NanoVapor, Anabolic Halo, Superpump250, etc.
Eventually, I got off that train of thought and figured it was your diet. But then, I see people in prison who don't eat 5-6 nutritious meals everyday and are jacked (not all people in prison obviously, but a number of those who workout). Maybe they were big to begin before they went in? Maybe its genetics? Maybe its the kill or be killed prison mentality? Be jacked or be somebody's bitch? Of course the prison scenario is just one case of the imperfect diet, but many others do exist...I think.
Is it intensity and focus? Could be. But I've seen people in the gym without much intensity with respectable size and strength.
Exercise selection? Possibly. But I've seen people do tricep kickbacks like pendulum swings having decent horseshoes. Or people with a decent chest doing pec-deck flyes with horrible form. I know one exercise doesn't make or break a physique, but I wonder what the rest of the workout looks like. Is it just as bad? Am I missing something?
From my short experience, I think its a mixture of intensity/focus and diet. Obviously genetics help, but they can be overcome with the right mindset and hard work. Just recently, I started going relatively heavy compared to what I was doing before. I had never tried a db row with 100's but I gave it a shot and sure enough I banged out 6 decent reps. Same with other exercises. Every week for the past month, I've tried widowmakers with increasing weights. Started at 155 a month ago. Did 193 yesterday. Maybe its your mind that is holding you back, not your lack of crazy workouts.
I'm sure this has been beaten to death already but I figured I'd get some thoughts to paper...or keyboard. Anyone see anything differently? Is it useless to think about these things and just lift, eat, sleep and repeat?
By the way, RIP Sean Taylor. 3 years gone today. I probably don't come within six degrees of knowing him personally, but that man influenced my life in so many ways. God bless.