Taking advice from people who have what you want seems like a logical step. When it comes to the muscle sector, however, it’s not that simple because bodybuilders rely on synthetic hormones to build their extraordinary muscle size. Consequently, their perception of what really causes growth is deluded. In addition, they are forced to be politically correct and always hide the true source of their hypertrophy.
The question of today is: can the big guys actually teach you how to train as a natural?
In this regard, we can separate bodybuilders into two groups. The first group consists of idiots who have no idea how to train and usually just go to the gym, get a pump on the Hammer strength machines and call it a day. Since those guys have tons of steroid particles swimming like hungry sharks in their system, they grow and grow. In their limited brains this creates the illusion that their often pathetic training has a measurable impact on the way they look. In reality, all professional bodybuilders owe their physiques to the evolution of hormones. One could say that the godfathers of bodybuilding are the chemists who have synthesized testosterone and the following anabolic steroids.
When you are in contact with representative of this group, you should always be extra careful. The steroid based transformations have convinced them that they are always right. A good example would be Rich Piana. The guy is quite big and always comes with crazy training ideas. In one of his videos he advises people to pump their biceps and triceps to death before going to bed every night. There are many delusional individuals who admire Rich’s arms without realizing they are looking at misplaced breast implants. Uninformed and naive, they decide to copy the pre-bed arm routine. The results are lack of growth and potentially overuse injuries.
Here’s a question for the steroid users out there: how do you know that your training is actually causing muscle growth when you are always sticking needles in you? How do you know it’s not the higher dose or the new drug that’s doing the work?
The truth is that many bodybuilders know well what truly makes them bigger, but prefer to lie to themselves that it’s the training and the food. At the same time, bodybuilders don’t even have training logs and just do whatever they feel like. Quite frequently the goal of their gym visits is to show off a new tank top and feed their ego with the “look how huge this guy is!!!!” exclamations made by skinny boys in the gym. Then, they get a pump while talking to the dealer on the phone and leave.
Similar individuals are often poorly educated on training, but strongly convinced that their stupid ideas actually work. Those are the guys that try to make you believe that the position of your wrists during triceps pushdowns is the key to insanely ripped arms.
This reminds me of the silver spoon kids who do “business” when they grow up. I’ve seen it happen from the first row. One of my many bosses had two kids – a boy and a girl. When they got old enough daddy gave them part of the business. The guy had many different firms connected to one main core – him. Guess, what? Those idiots couldn’t create growth or improve their respective departments. They weren’t working hard enough because they didn’t know how to. Despite the poor management their businesses did not collapse because the other profit generating companies of their connected father were constantly injecting the subsidiaries with fresh money. That kept the egos of those spoiled morons well fed.
The truth is that without “stealing” from the earning companies, a hardcore bankrupt was waiting those suckers at the door. In brief, daddy was injecting steroids in his badly managed firms so that they can grow, at least on the outside. As a result his kids were left with the impression that they were balling CEOs. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were giving some of that “how bad do you want it?” advice/motivation to their friends. I knew, however, that they were nothing but lazy spoiled kids who have no idea what it takes to build something from the ground up. Daddy’s money and connection were their saving grace (steroids).
With that said, there is also another group of bodybuilders who have a bit more brain cells and know more about training and nutrition. Those guys are aware of the fact that their physiques are 90% steroid based. Believe it or not, even those guys rarely admit to this truth because they have everything to lose and nothing to win.
Why would they tell you the truth that training is almost irrelevant and you will never be as big as them naturally? Where’s the profit in that? It’s much better to just come up with a “revolutionary” routine and sell that. Since those guys are smart, they sometimes find a way to make their training religion stand up so that the masses can buy it.
A popular example would be Mike Mentzer and his training style known as HIT. According to many people Mentzer actually used volume to build his body despite promoting HIT as the ultimate way to train. Since Mentzer was a well spoken man of logic many were convinced that his way offers a serious alternative to the stuff Arnold and friends were doing. It was a mixture of little truth and delusions. Ultimately, HIT turned out to be nothing more than just another part of the same machine.
The Mentzer – Anold wars remind of the political system. In order for complete power to be achieved the elite makes two branches of one tree fight each other. One is the official party that currently has the power while the other one is the opposition. The goal of the latter is to simply take care of the people who don’t agree with the current ways and lure them into supporting something else that at end of the day still leads to a result engineered by the same elite. You can think of it as the fight between the day and the night. On the outside it may seem like they are fighting each other, but they are both part of the same twenty-four hours cycle.
Ironically, I like a lot of things about Mentzer’s method because Arnold’s high volume pump routines were obviously causing global overtraining. Still, both were ineffective when it came down to producing muscle magazine like results. Similar examples just show that it’s really hard to trust steroid users when it comes to training. Even if you are talking to a knowledgeable guy, you always have to be aware of possible agendas.
Finally, we arrive at the nutrition element, which is even more controversial than training. These needle addicts are constantly showing their food plates on Instagram, thinking they are doing people a great favor. Why would anyone care what those idiots eat for breakfast? Because we have been told that unless you eat right, growth is not going to happen. This is somewhat true – if you don’t eat enough, you cannot grow as a natural. However, the gurus present the nutritional element as if eating more protein is going to cause exceptional growth, and new clothes will have to be bought every two weeks. The very same morons also use the term “poor nutrition” to explain the failure of their programs.
Very few steroid using bodybuilders actually follow super strict solid diets when they are not on camera. Many of them eat garbage all time, but since they are using bags of drugs and have the muscle mass of a small lion, getting down to single digits body fat is not a problem.
There are a lot of misconceptions in the nutritional world. The biggest one is the high carb diet, which has been part of bodybuilding for a long time now. Sorry, but high carb diets are definitely not the secret to growth. I don’t care if you eat China’s rice reserves – you are still not getting to the level of professional bodybuilders naturally. At the same time there is one more reason why modern bodybuilders eat a lot of carbs and have the faces of diabetic primadonnas. That reason is called insulin abuse. You can read another post, which explains the issue in more details here.
In conclusion, I am skeptical towards any “great secrets” coming from bodybuilders who never stop pinning their butts with needles. Sometimes there may be a guy who knows what he is talking about, but it’s very rare. Most gurus who have the knowledge usually just manipulate people into subscribing to a training religion instead of showing them the basics and exposing how bleak and vain the whole thing is. “You have to keep the drive alive,” they say. I guess they are right, but why should we keep it alive through illusions is my counter question.