None taken and I appreciate the insightful response CT. I wasn't implying "gearing" to work harder but the opposite, more like the analogy skydiving without a parachute. Exaggerated: "Instructors" tell students do X, Y, Z to skydive well and deny ever needing a parachute (for legal, pride, social reasons).
To be clear, I LOVE your training paradigms and have found no equals in developing my body, to the point a bodybuilding competitor at gym fed me compliments today and, after chatting on the topic of "enhancements", noted that what I've built "could" be interpreted as having used, and if all natural, then I have potential and could try Men's Physique for starters.
So this alone, convinces me that your systems are effective for naturals and pure gold when it comes to results in performance and aesthetics. But my angle was more from a health standpoint and I feel relieved with your answer, particularly the "smart thing is to not enhance physique with drugs (which come with their OWN problems)".
I asked primarily because, through recent self-reflection, I just realized that over the last year I've come to accept as normal feelings which, prior to my hard training days, would seem "odd" (no morning wood, often low energy, apathy, rarely waking up feeling "refreshed"). However, in full disclosure, there are non-training factors that are obvious (you'd rightfully call me dumb for this) contributors such as lack of sleep, use of preworkout/coffee stimulant, and stimulus seeking training behavior.
I also asked out of a slight frustration with gurus on other internet forums and even fitness models where their training, diet, supplementation advice may be contingent on gear and they'll of course never admit it. And being ignorant on this, I (and probably many others) just take the line they give which is basically "blah blah blah, only I and my doctor will ever know, this is why I hate this topic, you can believe what you will but I know what's true at the end of the day blah blah". This would be fine if it perhaps didn't mislead eager, albeit naive, trainees to train and diet themselves into the ground with little short term physique progress and possibly long term metabolic issues? On certain boards, discussion on enhancements are clear and pragmatic, making me wonder if there's just this in-crowd of "those who get it" and the blind masses who will consume fitness products with expectations for achieving the advertised physique naturally.
Of course, I've already exceeded my wildest expectations through a combination of IF and your training so at least SOMETHING out there does actually work haha. But we're never satisfied so I just wanted some reaffirmation/thoughts on this topic. And it sounds like if I get my sleep and caffeine abuse in order, there's no reason I can't keep training hard/frequently as I'm yet miles from the pilgrims/early settlers/your firefighter client. Thanks Coach.