[quote]Professor X wrote:
I wonder if TC sees threads like this.
If he does, does he think we should applaud this guy’s “effort” in the gym?
Does he think the responses were too harsh?
Should we have thrown a small party for his “progress”?
Since I’ve been keeping up with audio interview and the Atomic Dog article, I immediately wondered what TC would think of the responses in a thread like this also.
My biggest concern is the sense of entitlement some of these guys have because they’ve been in the “game” for any given amount of time. No one wants to start at the bottom, and this attitude is a severe indication of the results they can come to expect. I think the constructive criticism offered to the OP reflects that.
When I think of the greater accomplishments in my life, I think back to the realizations that I started from nothing and had to create opportunities to get into positions where I could evolve. I was a no one when I started playing lacrosse in college. I was a no one when I started my profession. I was a no one when I started lifting seriously, etc.
To the OP: Here’s all the advice I can give you. Realize you’re at the bottom and the advice given is all useful. Soak it up. Not everyone will take time out of their day to lay it out for you in life. Major in all the basics first and you will have set a foundation in stone.
As far as basics in lifting? Are your actions matching your goals? This is a calorie game and the quicker you learn that, the quicker you’ll make gains. Consume more than you expend, and you’ll grow. Yes, proteins, carbs, and fats are important, but overall calories are what you’re looking for right now.
In addition, acquire the intensity needed to grow. The first words out of every new poster in your condition is always how many years they’ve lifted. Well, those years don’t mean much if you don’t have anything to show for it. Watch the guys in your gym that you look up to. You’ll find that these guys have “something” the mediocre guys don’t and its hard to explain. That “something,” that intensity, is what separates the men from the boys in this game. Good luck and soldier-up, it gets harder from here…