The “fake natty principle”, an integral part of the human world, operates as follows:
First, an image that binds to your receptors of desire seduces you. Then they give you a map that could allegedly help you achieve the presented form of success.
That blueprint, my friend, is rarely working. They don’t want you to succeed. They want you to remain ignorant and hungry for pointless advice that just doesn’t work. If you complain, you are shut down hard by the rest of the infatuated slaves.
In this post, I will present official claims based on identical mechanisms.
1. Muscle construction
Official: Jeff Cavaliere a.k.a. Athlean X is a muscle architect obsessed with angles and fixing every mistake killing your gains. If you listen to his advice, you will transform and acquire a body similar to his.
Reality: Athlean X’s videos are full of clickbait titles and thumbnails. While they may contain useful information on paper, to me – they are just overthinking. Many of the “hacks” have zero tangible effect on the way you look and perform.
But this is how the Internet works. We want to be constantly stimulated which is why content creators have to produce videos non-stop. The result is permanent distraction and paralysis by analysis.
Official: Rippetoe is a representative of a dying breed, namely that of real men. He takes little zoomers and transforms them into majestic soldiers of fortune with the help of low bar squats. I don’t know what the current version of his book Starting Strength says, but back in the day, there were claims of 60lbs+ muscle gains in a year.
Reality: Rippetoe’s pupils maximize their body fat in the hope to be perceived as men. They gain more lard than muscular tissue due to persistent overeating.
Official: There’s a program for everyone. You just have to find yours, and you will mutate.
Reality: Many idiots believe that they are small because they haven’t found the ultimate number of reps and sets. Let me tell you the truth – that combination is like the perfect woman – it doesn’t exist.
You are not that special. There isn’t a switch in your muscles that halts growth unless you follow a training regime designed specifically for your precious fibers.
But the gurus never reveal that to you. They want you to remain a perpetual, delusional loser suffocated by self-loathing.
Official: You can lose fat and gain muscle at the same time naturally if you implement a miraculous trick.
Reality: Many dreamers want to believe that they can accomplish the above naturally, but their yearning rarely if ever manifests in the real world. Most naturals who do that are either extremely fat, complete noobs or liars.
A common trick in the natty world is to get shredded and claim that you have also gained muscle mass in the process. The extra leanness creates the perception of extra muscular growth even thought cuts are catabolic.
The only way for a man to gain a noticeable amount of muscle mass while getting leaner is to import drugs.
Official: You need squats and deadlifts to reach your natural potential.
Reality: When the body is crying, we con ourselves into thinking that a miracle is about to take place. No. Difficult activities do not always come with extra rewards.
Squats and deadlifts will never turn you into the muscular monstrosity that you were promised to become.
Official: Curls aren’t a functional exercise.
Reality: Curls are mighty functional. Very often in life, you will have to lift loads that do not come with nice comfortable handles. In addition, when there are obstacles (e.g., stairs), one of the only ways to elevate an object of transportation high enough and free your knees so that you can walk comfortably is to curl or hug it.
I’ve done my fair share of physical work. One time the elevator was not working, and I had to climb six floors with boxes of tiles weighing around 20kg/44lbs. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have to do it 20 times, you are quickly sucked into heavy exhaustion. There were two ways to carry the weights – on the shoulder or in a curled position. I had to rely on both.
Official: People train for health reasons.
Reality: The old guy in the gym may be pumping iron to feel better, but the vast majority of muscle samurai do it to look good.
There are two main reasons why men enter the weight room:
1. They are tired of being a target due to their size and lack of power.
2. They want to build a body that will make them more attractive to women.
If this wasn’t the case, the most popular fitness brahs on the planet wouldn’t be fake naturals. Their popularity exposes what people admire and want the most – looks.
Lifting for health is a comfortable lie behind which the industry hides. All the spokesmen are injecting their glutes with potent trenbolona as we speak.
The cocktails of drugs that the heroes of the day take are all but healthy.
Official: To transform into a big natural, you need to become mighty strong.
Reality: The gurus want you chasing strength perpetually because your failure to reach their magical numbers allows them to hide the impotence of their programs and principles.
Strength equals size, but it’s also heavily dependent on practice, CNS and joint resilience. Hence why some people are stronger or weaker than they look.
Sadly, strength cultivation cannot induce the magical hypertrophy advertised by the industry because it does not affect your bodily chemistry substantially.
Official: YouTube Fitness is useful.
Reality: Maybe it once was. Today, the segment is incredibly over-saturated and filled with fluff, fake natties, recycled content and pro advice that doesn’t apply to average dudes.
Gurus like Omar Isuf are repeating the same stuff over and over again (e.g., your biggest squat mistakes) while men like Jason Blaha make unnecessarily long videos glorifying compound movements.
Official: Gurus love you.
Reality: Nobody loves you. It’s all business. The job of every guru is to sell you their plan. One guy pushes barbells; another one swears by kettlebells; the third one is a bodyweight Jedi.
They extract carefully pre-selected bits of information from various studies and put them in a favorable context to promote their doctrines. The artistic ones add a touch of abstract motivation to the mix and began spamming you with “revolutionary” ideas.
Official: Everyone is getting big naturally but you.
Reality: People make crazy claims on the Internet. Every lifter is a few pounds away from breaking the natural limits.
Are they lying? Many are. Some do it consciously while others lie first to themselves and then to you.
The gym and the online platforms dedicated to muscle construction alter your perception by synthesizing a small sample of high-end specimen.
When you are in the weight room, you are significantly more likely to see freaks of nature and feel embarrassed.
I am fairly tall standing at around 6’1″. But one of the gyms where I train occasionally is filled with absolute freaks that dwarf me not only muscularly but on a skeletal level too. Very often I am the shortest there and look like a car next to monster trucks. But if I were to visit a gymnast hall, I would probably feel like a giant.
In short, the barbell houses and training forums attract many genetically gifted individuals, but those men make an incredibly small percentage of the population.
Official: Men are pigs who never understand women.
Reality: The entertainment sector is infested will false claims demonizing men and serving a form of fake feminism that hurts women. Men are depicted as soulless creatures who want nothing but sex and fake commitment to exploit the precious female hearts.
Does this happen?
Yes. I’ve met females who have suffered the effect of the phenomenon. But in all cases, those women had chosen partners occupying extremely high societal positions creating an obvious gap in the union – an imbalance facilitated by hypergamy and the infrastructure provided by social media and other online dating platforms.
When women settle for men of equal rank, they are rarely left for dead “the morning after”.
Over the years, I have witnessed an effect opposite to the notions propagated by the media – men seek commitment, but women run away to preserve the thrill from being chased and worshiped. They are addicted to the power that the modern world gives them.
In my life, I have only sad love stories accumulated over many years.
I am not perfect. But there comes a point when even with extra effort, you fail to find enough evidence to blame yourself for every misstep.
Official: Women are looking for love.
Reality: Love is just a mask. When women break up with you due to a “lack of feelings”, they are lying. The actual message translates to:
1. They have found someone who is more attractive and/or richer than you.
2. They are looking for someone more attractive and/or richer than you.
3. They are searching for someone who can satisfy the irrational feelings in their belly better. (bad boys, thugs, serial killers, kings, soldiers of fortune…etc.)
Think of Cinderella’s story. The principles outlined in it are crucial.
Who is she? A woman inhabiting the lower rungs of the human pyramid. She is poor and oppressed by her stepmother, but luckily, a prince [of course] comes to protect her and upgrade her life to the next level.
Why didn’t Cinderella go for a milkman, a carpenter or a woodcutter?
Because the system has given her a hypergamous soul. Females are in love with the idea of meeting a high value guy who can extract them from their miserable life. If you are one of those men, you will get to know “real love”.
Another element needed for female ascension is the stimulation of an inferiority complex in men. Cinderella’s prince feels “imperfect” and “incomplete” even though he is on top of the food chain. This touch is essential. Without this quality, he wouldn’t settle for a woman beneath his status.
Ironically, the tale, probably involuntarily, suggests that men are the ones experiencing a truer form of affection because he loves Cinderella just the way she is.
Would she love him if he wasn’t a prince? I don’t think so.
But if we have to be fair, there’s another question that could expose male shallowness – would the prince love Cinderella if she was fat? I don’t know if he would, but I certainly wouldn’t.
Women’s goal is not to love someone unconditionally. They are searching for a way to acquire more resources, not always in the form of money, by marrying up. Most of the couples that I know are made of men who are either more attractive or sensibly richer and of higher status than their partners.
Furthermore, you will never hear of a reverse Cinderella story [a princess marrying some toilet cleaner] unless he is extremely attractive.
3. Alpha males
Official: Shave with a straight razor like an alpha male, and your entire life will change.
Reality: If men were thriving, there wouldn’t be so many blogs, forums and other outlets telling you how to fix your life because the demand for such material would not be present. But we are not doing so well which makes us a vulnerable group, a prime candidate for “hope scams”.
Many bloggers out there will try to be the father or the big bro that you never had, but in the end, all you get is “pump up” material that does not offer anything of value other than adrenaline.
It’s a called the alpha pyramid scheme.
A bunch of tryhards get richer by infesting your mind with abstract motivation and by telling you to mimic the peripheral habits of successful men. As if waking up early will turn you into Donald Trump. Or maybe, you will become Michael Jordan…if you work hard enough.
They will tell you to shave with a straight razor, like a real man, and spam you with clothes designed to fix all your problems in life. And while the envelope matters, the modern philosophers omit the truth because it does not fit the shiny world that you are supposed to live in. Their job is to amplify your hope rather than to destroy it.
People + hope = clients
People – hope = bankruptcy
Why do we want to be alpha in the first place?
In most cases, the goal is to attract women or elevate yourself socially. In both situations, a man is better off focusing on mechanisms that work rather than trying to live up to some miraculous image.
What do women want? Good looks and money.
We live in a highly visual world. A few years back, when I was trying to figure out what is the point of SnapChat, I met a Spanish woman online. One of my pictures was taken from a weird angle, showcasing my big nose in its worse form while the rest of the pics were “normal”.
She requested a selfie because: “I looked ugly in one picture.”
That’s right. All it takes is one bad photo. I blocked her.
There are many men out there who score not because they are alpha – but because they satisfy women’s visual criteria and provide a variety of resources.
Another reason to be an alpha is to protect your ground and dominate the men around you. Looks, authority and money are needed for that too.
If you are physically weak, other men would be less inclined to perceive you as the boss unless you have cash and power. But even in that case the visual aspects matter as shown by millionaires who inject steroids to gain even more territory.
If you look tough and have cash&status, you will be categorized as alpha even if you shave with pink female razors.
P.S. If this type of philosophical conversations trigger your interest, check out A Hater’s Synthesis 2.