The desire to acquire a physique emitting radiance of alpha waves easily transforms natties into obedient minions buying tickets for a movie they didn’t even choose. I was one of those kids once. My eyes were also charged with the light of a passion, or should I say ego and greed, that burns as intensely as a fire on a sunny summer day. As soon as I joined the natty army, I turned into a prisoner controlled by a system that couldn’t care less about my lack of results. It took me a while, but eventually, I sift myself clear of the unhealthy infatuation keeping me obsessed and focused on a pipe dream.
Today, I will share with you 10 notions that one must learn to reclaim his freedom in the world of muscle.
1. You are a slave
The first step towards freedom is realizing that you are oppressed. ”Free” slaves unaware of their chains are the system’s favorite soldiers, for they never revolt and act as prison guards shooting at the souls trying to escape.
Many get caught in the lie that the world loves you unconditionally. We are supposed to be grateful for all the knowledge and technology available in the era of notifications and thumb based communication. I don’t buy that. The chips we carry may get fancier by the day, but they neither make us free nor do they change how those at the top of the food chain look upon us.
To them, you are nothing but an economic unit carrying a value that has to be extracted for the benefit of the regime one way or another. The grand architects achieve this goal by inserting carefully selected beliefs in the heads of the masses. The duality in the world allows the masters to fit the events to their agenda. The villain could become a victim, and the victim could become a villain.
Ultimately, the system wants you trapped in a labyrinth without exit signs. This is how the grand illusionists create a win-win situation for them and keep on profiting from people’s lack of courage and desire to reclaim their freedom.
The game of muscle is essentially a pyramid with the following structure:
Here you find supplement companies, pharmaceutical giants, gym chains, show organizers, and other mainstream organizations collecting most of the profit generated by the current mechanism.
The strategy of attack is designed by experts in social engineering who know how you think better than you do. The ultimate goal was and will always be financial profit and power.
Below the masterminds, you will discover an army of dogs/servants promised to receive a piece of the prey if they play by the rules and promote the agenda. The battalion includes bodybuilders and fitness models (foot soldiers), mainstream muscle media (propaganda generators), scientists fabricating research material, PR experts and other forms of sycophants operating on a sociopathic frequency.
The Brah Nation
Finally, we arrive at those who pay for the mansions and the cars. I am talking about the delusional lifters who steal from their mom’s purse to keep the circulation of creatine alive. Deceived by the labels and the army of disinfo agents, the bottom feeders get taken into the land of wishful thinking.
2. The body does not care about your hypertrophy plans
Many wrongfully assume that hypertrophy is the primary product of resistance training. It’s not. The response to lifting weights is an adaptation, which includes but is not limited to hypertrophy. The fundamental goal of the organism is to preserve its homeostasis and survive another day. It does not care that you want to build big arms and impress those around you.
To adapt, the body activates all necessary pathways, namely – joint strengthening, central nervous system (CNS) adaptation, dexterity development, extra muscle protein synthesis and others. Hypertrophy is on the menu, but definitely not the only priority despite the claims of the mainstream muscle media.
3. You have a left-brain that needs activation
The left-brain hemisphere is dedicated to logic whereas the right swims in emotions and subconscious desires. For most people, it’s a lot easier to listen to the right-brain because it contains the wishful thinking script that we love to run very frequently.
When a big guy starts talking, most lifters are hypnotized by the way his massive muscle flex. Since he showcases what we want right in front us, we shut down our left-brain and let all kinds of poisonous, false information enter our temple of thoughts unhindered. To stop this, you have to ask questions and run every word through a filter of skepticism. Once you do that, you will experience many moments of clarity and laugh at the poor attempts of the system to take you in its labyrinth.
4. Fitting your whole life to bodybuilding could be a mistake
Many addicts think that once they have the perfect body, which is probably something that’s not even achievable naturally, nirvana will knock on the door in a nice dress that could drop in an instant. As a consequence, they shape their lives in a form that serves their bodybuilding goals. The transformation often includes sociopathic and autistic flavors – the old friends are muted, every meal is scheduled, physical activities outside of the gym are reduced to a minimum, most of the free time is dedicated to online research and muscle videos…etc. How do I know this? I did it at the beginning of my affair with the barbell.
Going all out could be justified only if you are a professional, which most of us aren’t. The majority of the iron warriors lift for free.
Luckily, bodybuilding is not an activity that has to consume your whole life if you do it right. A few hours in the gym every week is all most people need.
If you want bodybuilding/lifting to become a profession, you can gradually increase the time you devote to it as your career expands. Living the life of a pro when you aren’t could hurt your real identity. Don’t make unnecessary sacrifices.
5. Never join a cult
The muscle community is full of cults waiting for you to join them. There is no reason to do that and yet people sign the membership papers all the time because we want to belong to a group. We want to receive validation from others for what we are doing. And when you are a cult member you get a ton of it from others just as infatuated as you. The stronger the addiction, the harder it is to see the shortcomings of the group you have joined. There are people who spend hours every day defending their favorite cult leaders on the Internet. Ultimately, only those at the top benefit. A much better approach is to get what’s useful from a cult and set the poisoned teachings on fire.
6. Stop the lies
Humans never stop lying.
Ironically, the person we deceive the most is the one in the mirror. Lies are very addictive because nothing hurts as much as a truth that we don’t want to hear.
I understand that lies are necessary on occasion to prevent the acidic destruction that reality can lay upon one, but too many delusions can rob you of your progress and cost you precious time.
If you are fat, say it. Don’t try to find a flattering angle in the mirror. Just say it. It’s not that scary. People lose millions of fat cells every year. Anyone can get lean as long as the problem is acknowledged. The longer you stay in denial, the longer it will take you to lose the fat.
If you don’t have enough muscle on you, admit it too. Don’t lie to yourself that you are bigger than you are. What’s the point? If you have a weak body part that you truly want to build, focus on it with all your power. If you don’t succeed, so be it. This is the price of being natural.
7. You are drowning in social media poison tearing your soul
Social media are generators of depression of the highest order. Being yourself was a lot easier 15 years ago when the peasants didn’t have as much insight into the life of the superstars. Browsing profiles of popular muscle heroes could make almost anyone feel like a subhuman unworthy of oxygen. Facebook and Instagram appear full of people who never stop winning and having fun.
The muscle celebrities enjoy a special kind of status on there. Girls that reject you without blinking throw themselves at guys like Zyzz, Connor, Jeff, Bradly Martin and other needle samurais who never stop reminding you how much females want them.
You have to understand, my friends, that thanks to social media people have become extremely visual. We judge everything by the way it looks. As a result, we have forgotten how to feel and connect. Today, society considers your profile picture more important than your actions.
Yes, it’s true that there are many people out there who have better toys than you and live a happier life. No one can deny that, but when you focus on this fact, you hurt yourself more than you help yourself. There will always be someone who is younger, prettier, richer, more muscular, more talented…etc. Comparing yourself constantly to those above you rarely serves as motivation. Spending too much time on social media shortens your life and keeps you in a vicious cycle of self-hatred that’s rarely justified.
8. Breaking the rules of growth is not as scary as you think
Many minions are afraid to break the rules made by the system because we have been convinced that even a slight deviation could result in a failure to forge thicker muscle filaments. This fallacy is the mother of many zombies scared to do anything without an approval. It’s true that certain rules (e.g., proper technique) should always be respected, but once you have a decent amount of experience, you can throw the manual away. You don’t need to be perfect to be good.
Do you really think that popular bodybuilders and fitness models never break the rules? Haha. How do you think they got to where they are now? They do what they tell you not to do all the time. The only difference is that they have drug-induced physiques that allow them to get away with many deviations from the plan.
Do you really believe that pros eat clean 100% of the time and carry chicken breast and broccoli in one of those nerdy bodybuilding backpacks? Cool story, bro. Those motherfuckers eat bad food all the time and train half-asleep. Their physiques are the result of drugs and genetics, but it hurts a little too much to admit it.
9. You can’t run from your genetics any more than you can run from the wind
Life is cruel, kid. Your genetics mark your life more than anything else. Some are born with everything, others are born with nothing. The so-called successful people promoted by the media are a product of good genetics put to work. Of course, they will deny that since most humans think of themselves as deities who owe their entire success to hard work. But the reality is that the human effort is futile if you are not built for something.
When people say, “I became the best despite my bad genetics.”, I laugh. If you have become the best at something, you never really had bad genetics. You were simply lazy and/or unable to see how to put your strengths to work.
Ultimately, those who deny the importance of genetics are either ignorant, delusional, dishonest…or simply stupid.
10. Your idea of a ”natural physique” is not really yours
People ask me whether person X is natural all the time. Let me save you the trouble – if you have to ask me, there’s a 92% chance he is not natural. And yes, this is true even if the person is ”not that big”.
The mainstream idea how a natural looks in 2017 is totally flawed. The guys supposed to be natural are simply smaller steroid users. Many wrongfully assume that all people who take steroids look like clones. No. There’s a large diversity in size. Even if someone is ”not that big”, the glow of his muscles could be a giveaway.
P.S. Potential is finally out.
Very timely. Thank you. Looking forward to reading the new book.
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A great article as usual TruthSeeker. Congratulations for the new book! I will buy it in the future. Keep the good work, you truly opened my eyes and the eyes of many people that really, really needed a reality check. Never stop writing man, never stop writing.
Stop sucking the cock of this moron.
Thank you for the support. I am happy that you like the article. I don’t think it’s the best, but it’s decent.
Boring. Eat shit and die.
I would consider the second part.
Seriously, finding this website by complete accident 3 years ago is one of the best finds I ever made. Massive fan I even scroll back an read all your old stuff! Keep it up!
There are no accidents. 🙂
Aaron Sleazy brought me here, lol.
Fuk u betch! You are a bitter jealous old man who never could build muscle because you masturbate too much and drink alone
You are right.
Thanks for the post TruthSeeker. A great insight as usual 🙂
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Keep speaking the truth, brother! Ever spend any time on the natty or juice reddit?
Yes, I have read some stuff on there. I have never posted, though.
relating to 4, I can’t get motivated to go if I have something else intresting going on in the day.
Well, working out should not take a lot of time. Besides, you can always train your upper body at home if you have the equipment.
What are your thoughts on Jon Skywalker?
He obviously admits to juice and openly lets everyone know what he is cycling. However, He says he is 6,4 212lbs, and your article on “How big can you get naturally” says that a gifted 6,2 guy can get to 197lbs, then 6,3 can get to 204lbs and a 6,4 guy can get to 211lbs at 5% BF, which Jon Skywalker is only 1 lbs away plus he claims to be 6.5% bf only. This is confusing me since He is obviously on juice but how come he is so close to the natural limits????
I keep telling people that those numbers are for gifted people. I personally can’t reach those numbers naturally ever. I would have to take roids to get close to the estimate for me. I don’t have the required genes for this.
I also keep telling people that if they match those numbers, they will be happy/satisfied with their looks and yet they complain.
Many say they are already bigger than those numbers, but most are simply “fatter” than they think.
Skywalker holds the proof here. According to Rippetoe, you have to be 275lbs+ at his height. Funny. He looks great because he is lean.
Also, keep in mind that steroids produce quality mass and effects that naturals cannot acquire easily or ever. He has them.
Could he be bigger? Yes. If he ups everything – food…etc. He obviously doesn’t want to.
Note: He is as lean as one gets. That 5% BF is considered the ultimate standard, but in reality, very few men ever get to true 5%. Usually, bodybuilders are actually 7-8% on stage.
They are 7-8% on stage? Wow! That means that Greg from Kinobody is supergifted naturally if he’s 6%! He even did dexa scan and a steroid test to prove he’s not juicing! (sarcasm).
Another great article! I see you are very aware of many things beyond the muscle life. You speak like a true anarchist, acknowledging the opressive system we live in, and understanding that the lifting game is just a manifestation of this bigger scheme. Many experiences had made me view things from this point of view as well, and I’m not saying I am right in everything, but I feel very reflected in your words and see a lot of truth in them. I have also been told I’m a resentful fuck and a pessimist, however it’s the opposite. I feel relieved and know how to manage expectations in and out of the gym, and feel very rewarded by any progress I make. Despite all, I continue to lift, try to eat clean most of the time (what’s life if you don’t eat Oreos here and there right?) and have a decent set of habits, all remaining natural, and I feel good doing it this way. Again, I’m not saying this is the right way to think or act. Just sharing some thoughts.
Yes. It was the muscle game that started it all. It opened my eyes. I was very naive looking back.
Nobody is ever 100% right.
Keep up the good work. You won’t regret it.
Great article. I have read all your articles and books. In your “how big you can get naturally” you give some great numbers that can be acheived naturally, although they might not look impressive to some sky is the limit bros. Can you please tell are those numbers only for genetically gifted elite or anyone naturally can achieve them with hard work, and if so, how much time will it take? Anxiously Waiting for a reply.
If you are talking about the article “How Big Can You Get Naturally”, the numbers are for people with good genetics.
You should expand your criticism to other sports like Cross-fit, obstacle course racing, triathlons, or team sports.
I have some posts on CrossFit. I will look into it.
Expand on CrossFit and the like…very good. Read the new book today in one sitting. I am 43 and still being duped by the industry. Thank you NON!
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Quite good article bro, I enjoyed reading it
Parts about social networks, lies and breaking rules are my favs
Thank you for opening my eyes (BTW I discover your site by typing in Google “whey protein scam” hahah and following your work for about 2-3 years now, also read all of your books and most of your site)
It’s depressing to know the truth, but it’s better to know the truth than to live in world of lies
People call me pessimist because I always try to be as real as I can, but actually they are the ones who are usually full of shit and living in fairytales
Keep up the good work bro
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I think it would be great to make a post on how to improve ones writing skills. After all, you have many years of experience. Up to your consideration.
Yes, you are right. I have some experience. Writing and reading help the most. But ultimately, I think your overall writing will be influenced the most by the way you see the world.
You mentioned reading is important, what books would you suggest to read? Which ones you have enjoyed? Nowadays its hard to find a good read.
Inspiring, as always. I am really looking forward to your next piece.
Thank you for the support. I have prepared something. 🙂
Nice! Two posts in a month. Hope to see the next one soon Truth Seeker 🙂
Just finished reading the book. It’s been a great read. Good luck, brah.
I’m 40 years old and have been lifting for over 20 years. I can certainly relate to your articles (especially from my younger Years) and Find them painfully amusing, insightful and well written. I read them with a smile on my Face. You are doing the lords work. Keep it up. Ps. To the young guys- keep up the lifting, it’s good for you, but don’t make it your whole life, it’s simply not worth it, amounts to pretty much nothing in the end, and the people who really matter in the world don’t give a shit about how big your muscles are. Spend your energy building a career instead. Cheers.
Thanks for the support, Timothy.
Well said Quimby- I have been without muscles and with a lot of them as well. You are right -the people that matter don’t really care. They are happy with muscles if it makes you happy but you are still you with or without them……..
Do you have any particular content geared towards female bodybuilders? I found this article to really resonate with me because the women of fitness can really seem so fucking psycho to me sometimes but I like to get free ideas when they post their workouts. But I’m thinking it might not be worth it to follow them/subscribe to their channels.
Damn, back with a vengance. Love it.
Truthseeker -Everything you said made 110% sense. I have been around bodybuilding and gyms most all of my adult life. I have trained natural probably 3/4s of my life and on mild steroids or HGH for the rest. You are right about training natural it sucks and you pretty much get nowhere other than 10-12 pounds of muscle in the first year. The part I don’t get is why you guys moan, groan and cry about all the roid guys getting away with everything and getting all the girls etc yet you all hold out and remain some kind of natural pariahs or something. Why not just get on some gear and get something out of all that training etc? You can do 100mg of deca or primobolan depo a week for 10-13 weeks and do fantastic. I once gained 30 pounds on nothing but Primobolan depo a week for 12 weeks. And I had zero side effects and let me tell you I have a weak-ass sickly constitution. It was one of the best things I ever did in my life. Confidence went through the roof, love love loved the gym for a change instead of it being drudgery with no gains. And let me tell you – you are spot on about the girls except for maybe one thing. I think a lot of girls found the muscles nice but kind of a novelty in a way but the hot girls I got was more because of my own confidence than anything else as they certainly weren’t muscle groupies or anything as I was no muscle freak like todays guys. I say what the hell – just do it but do it responsibly and believe me you don’t need 500 mg per week of 5 kinds of gear like these idiots do nowadays..Just look at Frank Zane, Freddie Ortiz, Don Howorth, Dave Draper, Peter Lupus, Jack Delinger, Clancy Ross, Steve Reeves etc etc. Any of us would absolutely kill to have those bodies and they did it conservatively and with minimal dosing. Why suffer so much ?
I guess I don’t want those muscle bad enough right now. I simply don’t want steroids in my life right now.
Hehee, I would not kill to have those bodies, your roid-induced confidence makes for a very sad story. Once you accord value to yourself based on how much muscle you are packing, you’ve lost bro. There’s so much to life than six-packs, big arms and not to forget bitch-tits
CharlieBoy254-If you don’t care about confidence, muscles, or bodybuilding I am not sure why you are even on here. But you are right there is much more to life than six-packs, big guns and bitch tits (although I never had the latter). I managed to keep it all in perspective. The bodybuilding confidence also helped me to go on to successful medical career – I never made my life all about how much muscle I was packing so I wasn’t a lost bro..but all in all it was a tremendous help and I would’nt have done it any other way…
The only possible way that a natural lifter is going to be happy and find peace within himself is if and when he comes to the realization that his nature and his genetics can only take him so far, and that there is not much else he can do after having done what is in his control, and that Nature predisposed that all humans will never have the same genetics and muscle mass, and that there will clearly be others (much) “better looking” than us, no matter how much we try to modify our structure naturally.