Category Archives: the basics

Real World Bodybuilding Tips, Exposed Myths and More NattyOrNot.com 2 Year Anniversary Edition Post

| March 4, 2016 by Truth Seeker |

The one and only website NattyOrNot.com came to this world 2 years ago, but the events that led to its creation go back a whole decade. A decade full of mad stories, sick obsession, retardism, delusions, frustration, endless hours in forums, starvation, bulking, culking, cutting, screams, grunting, sweat, mockery, and emotional pain. Believe it or […]

How Strong Can You Get Without Gaining Weight #chicken strength

| April 19, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

More muscle mass equals more strength? Physical strength is the ability to exert a sufficient amount of force against resistance through dynamic or static muscular contractions in order to move or stabilize an object in a voluntary manner. Therefore, bigger muscles cannot possibly interfere with that task unless the range of motion is affected negatively […]

Bodybuilding: How much should I rest between sets?

| April 12, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Conventional bodybuilding wisdom a.k.a. the special kind of stupidity found in muscle magazines says that 60-90 seconds rest periods are optimal for “hypertrophy training”. As always, the ghost writers “forget” to tell you that steroids are the actual driving engine behind modern growth. Honestly, the rest periods between sets make no difference whatsoever. Besides, resting only 1-2 minutes […]

Why I Believe That Western Periodization Works Best For Naturals

| April 3, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

What is Western periodization? Western periodization is a linear progression from high to low reps. Every week the lifter is adding weight to the bar while reducing the number of reps per set. Over the course of  8-12 weeks, the lifter builds up to a single. This is one of the most generic forms of […]

Bodybuilding Basics: Noob Gains Explained

| March 18, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

The so-called “noob gains” represent the 5-10lbs of muscle gained during the first 6-12 months of serious training. Those will be easiest and fastest gains that you will acquire as a lifter. Past that point, the progress will slow down tremendously. Noob gains differ from person to person. If you are really skinny, I mean […]

Why Olympic Weightlifters Don’t Do Low Bar Squats

| February 26, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

The popularity of the low bar squat has reached epic proportions. In many commercial gyms, Starting Strength zealots occupy the squat rack for 45 minutes in order to do weird bar bends with the back almost horizontal to the ground. I am very familiar with similar training because once upon a time, I was one […]