A few days ago I wrote a comment on Facebook in which I stated that I still visit mainstream bodybuilding sites such as T-Nation, Bodybuilding.com, StartingStrength.com and many more. One person contacted me and asked why am I going to those sites, when I know very well that most of the information is backed by steroid users and is highly unrealistic.
I visit those sites for two main reasons:
2. To know the trends in the muscle world.
I can also pick up something useful here and there, especially now when there is seemingly less moderation. However, I still consider the mainstream media a cancer when you have not been properly immunized. People who are unexperienced will get lost in the large amount of propaganda and disinformation.
You have to understand that the main goal of the media is not exactly to inform you. The purpose is to present you facts and fiction in a specific way which benefits an agenda. For example, if you go on a mainstream muscle site and the main motto is: “You can’t be as big as the guys you see in our pictures naturally.”, less people will get hooked. Similar strategies do not work. That’s why it’s better to give people false hope.
Back in the day, I was on the hook too. I literally believed that I can get absolutely massive naturally without any help. Just food, rest and iron, baby!
I remember an ironic story from one of my dentist visits. The dentist was an amiable, recently graduated, young lady. At that time I was on the steps to my permabulking career, ready to get huge and own the place with my new muscular alpha male physique. I was thinking: “The next time I am here, she will be like: You are so big and muscular!” As you can guess that didn’t happen and as far as I remember the next time I was there she was like: “This fatso looks familiar.”
I suffered similar setbacks because I used to believe the mainstream nonsense thrown and spread by the media. Today, I cannot fall for anything like that because I know how the game works, although I still have test moments from time to time. The golden rule is: if something is too good to be true, it is certainly too good to be true. That’s how you can synthesize a powerful antidote against bodybuilding propaganda.
Once you have received the main vaccine, which consists of just one sentence – People making money from their bodies are on steroids and other drugs in 95% of the cases. – , you can safely visit mainstream bodybuilding websites, buy a magazine with men wearing minimalistic underwear while flexing muscles, watch a video…etc.
Once you know how the main catch works, you can get some value out of the mainstream content, even if it’s just simple amusement.
In general, the more time you have spent as a loser trusting the deception, the less time you need to revert back to normal. That’s because people who have tasted the cold system for long time are usually very tired and absorb alternative ideas way faster than the “I-will-be-Ronnie-Coleman-soon-and-also-break-world-powerlifting-records-naturally-just-give-me-more-time.” type of guys.
Sadly, there are many other traps set by the muscle web. The next in size is overthinking. Constantly looking for some kind of a miracle routine and obsessing over extremely superficial stuff like repetition tempo does not help long term progress.
Somewhat ironically, all of this is true for the general media as well. The majority of the information is complete nonsense, and the experts on TV are crooks in suits. They just have tight connections with the producers and promoters. Most of the guests are not chosen because of high level real world performance. The selection is made on the basis of potential profitability. The classic example would be the get rick quick experts that usually get a ton of air time.
“Please, let us make you rich! Buy our book: How to become a millionaire!”
This has to be a sick joke. The truth is that those guys couldn’t care less about our wealth. If anything, they want us be poor as hell, and follow them until the end of times, thinking that they have the secret to absolute prosperity in life.
If you look carefully at your local TV shows, you will realize that 90% of the time the main personages are always the same. There are many people who essentially grow old on TV, making big money talking nonsense. Why do you think that is? How come it’s always the same players? The main reason is that those guys are just following the program and have already established a trust connection with the audience.
When you are 25, 30, 35…etc. and you are still seeing the TV “experts” from your childhood, it’s very likely to accept those people as example of proven professionals who deserve attention and respect. What’s really happening is this: those people have been carefully installed in your head, and you are not judging their skills on results, but rather on the false perception of mastery created by the media, which can make even the biggest clowns look credible. Think for a second: how does the media benefit, if you are a success? They don’t. They would be much happier, if we all remain low life bottom feeders spinning the wheel.