5 Bodybuilding and Strength Training Tips That Could Cause Brain Damage

Some of the crazy things that I have seen and heard in this muscle game can cause serious brain damage and lower your IQ really fast. If there was therapy for that, I would probably pay to get it off my chest.

Luckily, I can share some of this craziness with you. What’s about to follow can cause an accumulation of unpleasant images in your head for the first few weeks. The side effects tend to increase when you are in the gym or traveling to it. Consider yourself warned.

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Pavel Tsatsouline, Power To The People, p. 66, last paragraph


The rectal sphincter contraction recommended by Zatsiorsky as a part of his abdominal drill not only increases the inside pressure and amplifies one’s strength, it also acts as an insurance against hemorrhoids. People inexperienced in lifting correctly tend to let their intestine go when they strain. Such a style of lifting could lead to hemorrhoids and offers no performance advantage. It is interesting that Chinese Chi Kung masters have been pulling their anuses up during their esoteric practices for centuries.

My comment: I don’t know about you, but I don’t count on “pulling my anus up” to increase my strength. If that’s what naturally happens when you lift heavy, that’s fine. I just don’t need that picture in my head while I am training. I am sorry, but that’s how I see things.

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Mark Rippetoe, somewhere on his forum

There is simply no other exercise, and certainly no machine, that produces the level of central nervous system activity, improved balance and coordination, skeletal loading and bone density enhancement, muscular stimulation and growth, connective tissue stress and strength, psychological demand and toughness, and overall systemic conditioning than the correctly performed full squat.

My comment: That’s not true. Try the clean & jerk. It’s harder than belted low bar “squats” done in the company of brainwashed psychos screaming behind your back. By the way, those type of squats are not full, but I guess everybody has different ideas what “full” means these days.

Many people have turned into squat slaves as a result of accepting similar quotes too literally. If you can’t see it already, I will tell you. The above is the opinion of one man. It’s not the truth and never will be. Sadly, teenagers are never taught to challenge and question things that are popular. Socrates would be sad to see this.

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Christian Thibaudeau, Turn Food to Muscle, Not Fat {uploaded by T-Nation in 2011} {source}

Everything I eat seems to turn to muscle.

When I started taking the dark-indigo capsules I weighed 221. Eight days later I had dumped fat and excess water and dropped down to 211. At first I thought I was taking a fat-burner. But after six days of adding carbs (like you suggested) I’m up to a lean 224, and I’m just as lean (if not leaner) as I was at 211!

I hate to be ‘that guy’ who keeps on raving about something, but I honestly would take up a second mortgage to make sure that I never run out of this stuff. It keeps getting better and better. The only downside is that I’m changing too fast and people are starting to ‘talk.’

Note: Indigo is a nutritional supplement.

My comment: I hate to be “that guy” who always hates, but the above paragraph reveals everything that’s wrong with the supplement industry. Similar statements have altered the reality of many people. Seriously, for how long are we going to pretend that pig food (whey) is more effective than food?

Always remember the two golden rules:

If it’s too good to be true, it’s a con.

The apple never falls far from the tree. Never.

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Dave Tate {excerpt from the article 37 Tips and Tales from Dave Tate} {source}

“For breakfast you need to eat four of those breakfast sandwiches from McDonalds. I don’t care which ones you get, but make sure to get four. Order four hash browns, too. Now grab two packs of mayonnaise and put them on the hash browns and then slip them into the sandwiches. Squish that shit down and eat. That’s your breakfast.”

For lunch you’re gonna eat Chinese food. Now I don’t want you eating that crappy stuff. You wanna get the stuff with MSG. None of that non-MSG bullshit. I don’t care what you eat but you have to sit down and eat for at least 45 minutes straight. You can’t let go of the fork. Eat until your eyes swell up and become slits and you start to look like the woman behind the counter.

For dinner you’re gonna order an extra-large pizza with everything on it. Literally everything. If you don’t like sardines, don’t put ’em on, but anything else that you like you have to load it on there. After you pay the delivery guy, I want you to take the pie to your coffee table, open that fucker up, and grab a bottle of oil. It can be olive oil, canola oil, whatever. Anything but motor oil. And I want you to pour that shit over the pie until half of the bottle is gone. Just soak the shit out of it.”

Note: The text above is an advice given to Dave Tate by a training partner.

My comment: Bulking advice like that accomplishes one thing only – they wake up the permabulker in you. That’s bad, especially when you are natural. All those extra calories will just make you fat. I am so tired of saying this, but it’s true.

Don’t expect to put extra muscle mass by eating 6 000 + calories a day. The eat big to get big principle just makes you an advanced lard collector when you are natural. It’s about time people stop falling for such advice.

Rich Piana, 2015: “Balls shrinking – is a great fucking thing.”

My Comment: The fact that people love videos talking about how great it is to use steroids because they shrink your balls and create the illusion of a bigger dick is worrisome, isn’t it? It also shows how fake we have become. Generation boob job/Synthol/PMMA.

One comment

  1. Marcin

    10 out of 10. I’m guilty of falling for most of the above at one time or another. But not any more. The best part? Lean natural people tend to get laid and look better than all of the above fatso-glyco-freaks.

    Big and strong natural way = looks of an early 20t century, indian or sumo wrestler. That’s the only way.

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