Online videos dedicated to muscle construction play an integral part in the formation of one’s ideas about lifting. Many muscle apprentices do not have the desire and the attention span required to read books or long posts online. Consequently, clips that you can watch or listen to while playing games become more attractive and popular.
The demand for similar videos catalyzed by the desire for a better physique has caused an intense reproduction of YouTube fitness channels. The muscle domain is one of the most heavily saturated self-improvement segments. This phenomenon comes with unwanted side effects.
Today, I present you 8 things wrong with YouTube fitness channels.
1. Fake natties
The population of fakes natties within the YouTube Fitness stratosphere is getting denser as I type. Many of the scholars who tirelessly teach special muscle forging tactics are pinners in disguise. While they fill your head with proper exercises and angles, mysterious e-mails from shadow websites make their phones vibrate. A new package of tren has arrived. Go pick it up, bro.
Fake natties have always enjoyed more exposure because they possess physiques capable of dragging the crowd into deep admiration. Nobody is interested in boring naturals who look like somebody who does push-ups in-between TV commercials and goes for a run in the evening. It’s all about the fuck-me-now-physique. It just happens that the army of the anabolic addicts has more soldiers carrying that kinda of weaponry.
You can’t be a hope seller if you don’t create dreamy thoughts within the craniums of the plebes. How are you going to convince them to cross the river when they can’t see a prize on the other side? You can’t. The bigger the muscles, the bigger the illusion, the more effective the bait.
This method has worked for a long time and will never stop working.
So, what’s the problem with this practice?
I am not against steroid use. If you want to inject, you should have the right to do so. A problem occurs when people form a false perception of the natural limits. Many roid users are selling or promoting products implying or outright stating that a man can naturally reach muscular peaks normally reserved for those who dare to inject.
2. Too Many “Professors”
The fake natties who by the way owe the majority of their gains to biochemists like Adolf Butenandt (one of the men who synthesized testosterone for the first time) constantly dilute the online field with various theories designed to catapult one into the realm of monster mass.
Since the professors often have nice physiques, the unaware take notes. For me, however, that type of wisdom has lost its magic.
I am tired of clips praising the squat, the bench press and the deadlift. Tired of legends and probability theories. Tired of muscle activation tricks. Tired of hearing about the “5 big mistakes that rob me of my gainzzzz”.
I understand that repetition may be needed for the ADD kids who listen to the profound revelations of the HodgeTwins while flipping a fidget spinner, browsing muscle sites, texting and stalking other on social media, but there are also those who have reached some degree of maturity.
3. Staged Drama
Many YouTubers claim to be anti-drama, but that is “good cop” talk. They love online fighting as it’s arguably the most powerful tool to generate more views and interest.
The spectators enjoy drama too as it fires up their base layers and lays the foundation for some nasty truth-telling.
Since conflict is a powerful tool, some masterminds create it artificially to produce benefits for both sides. As they say, there is no bad publicity.
4. Recycled content
The fitness segment on YouTube is in perpetual need of new content. People are getting tired of videos about bulking, cutting and strength training. One way or another, all the major topics have been covered numerous times.
To satisfy the demand, the producers are regularly coming up with videos saying the same thing with different words. The creators are constantly reinventing themselves and finding new ways to fix your squat.
Guys, I got the memo already.
5. Unrelatable content
In an attempt to generate more views, many channels are filled with videos starring superstar bodybuilders, powerlifters, weightlifters, strongmen and even actors. This strategy offers an opportunity to derive wisdom from the best, but it also stimulates the creation of unrelatable content.
The experience is similar to watching videos about millionaires when you are late on your car payment. Similar material may appear inspiring and entertaining but often lacks actionable advice for the average person.
6. Supplement whoring
Once a channel is big enough, the inevitable founding of a supplement line which is “different than everything else” takes place.
“All the other supplements are bad, but my pre-workout is revolutionary…,” says the promo.
Let’s be honest for a second. Supplements are exceptionally overrated and showcase hardcore uselessness in the quest for sculpting a better physique. The primary reason to push them is to print paper with dead presidents on it. Powders have been the numero uno way to monetize bodybuilding and will keep their crown forever.
7. Clickbait titles and thumbnails
Have you ever clicked on the image of a girl with big tits only to fast forward through the clip and find nothing of the kind?
You have been clickbaited, my friend.
8. Over-hyping Minor Details
Fitness YouTubers love to talk about special little tricks. They often make videos with funny titles such as “the five push-up mistakes that prevent mad chest gainzzz” only to show you some weird way to twist your wrists to allegedly activate your pectorals more.
This phenomenon represents heavy overthinking, Cosmo type marketing targeting the noobs and a way to overcompensate for the lack of new material.