Everybody has seen THE GUY who would rather die than bench press less than his training partners. Most bodybuilders may be friends on the surface, but secretly everybody wants to be the best. When you sacrifice form for weight on the bar, you are essentially developing fake strength. You are training your ego, not your muscles.
It would be naive to ignore the indisputable fact that everybody goes to the gym in order to improve ‘da’ physique. If this was not the case, there would be no mirrors in the gym. You don’t need mirrors to perform the exercises correctly. When was the last time you needed a mirror while running? Do you see professional sprinters train with mirrors around them? The mirrors in the gyms are only useful for posing which is in reality still ego training.
When you only care about how much weight is on the bar, you are not focusing on performing the exercises correctly. A good example of fake strength and ego lifting would be arching your back to the extreme when performing the bench press. What’s the point of doing that? Reducing the range of motion helps you lift more weight but we all know that the weight will be reduce in half if you were to do it right. If your are a recreational natural bodybuilder and your goal is to simply build muscle, there’s absolutely no need to kill your joints for the sake of chasing arbitrary numbers. It will do you no good and the only thing that you will achieve will be a partial and temporary ego satisfaction that you’ve lifted more weight. Nobody cares about your fake strength.
You don’t need a ton of weight to build muscle mass as a natural bodybuilder. Truth be told, you can reach your maximum muscular potential with relatively light weights. Keep in mind that if you are a natural bodybuilder, you are limited by your hormonal profile and no matter how heavy you lift, you will not overcome that obstacle. However, ego lifting will keep you even further away from your goal while causing you suffering. When you don’t listen to your body, you get hurt. Many ego lifters don’t even bother to include a deload phase in their schedule and wonder why they have chronic injuries such as elbow tendonitis.
You’ve been slowly conditioned to accept the numbers of drug users such as Lazar Angelov, Simeon Panda, Kali Muscle, CT Fletcher, Skip La Cour…etc as something achievable by a natural bodybuilder. It’s hard not to be so when you see similar strength levels everywhere you go. However, don’t be fooled. It’s all fake and their strength is mainly due to chemical ingredients and reliable drug suppliers rather than smart programming. Of course, they will keep on denying that they are steroid addicts until their last breath. That’s what happens when you let your ego take over your true self. You become a slave to other people’s opinion, dogma and stupidity.
The advise of NattyOrNot.com is to quit lifting with your ego and finally make some real progress. This does not mean that you shouldn’t push yourself, but do it without pressuring or hating yourself. It takes greater strength to do things right, than to do make everyone around you happy. In the beginning it will be hard on your mentality, but you cannot avoid the lesson, only postpone it.
Keep in mind that nobody really cares about how much weight you are lifting. Everyone is focused around their own problems and narcissism. Very few on this planet care about anything else other than their bank account and personal gains. Don’t even bother trying to look good in the eyes of others. It’s a lost cause.
Stop ego lifting. Build muscle.