Sore red eyes. A heavy head. Intrusive paranoia infiltrating the mind. Opposing thoughts clashing inside the skull like angry waves fighting rocky shores.
You feel trapped. You don’t know what to do. Title after title attack you with hormonal attraction.
“How To Squat for Mega Gains”
“Five Push-up Tweaks For Majestic Pecs”
“How To Burn a Truck Of Fat While Gaining Muscle (easy trick)”
“Bigger Arms After a Weekend of Drinking Beer and Playing HALO”
They are after you. You are a captain of a sinking ship. Step by step the enemy is taking over. One by one the pistols are clicking and pointing at you.
You look around. Half your crew is dead. The other half is drunk. What do you do in that situation? Surrender? Fight to the death?
Luckily, the choice is simple. Just flip the switch and let it all evaporate into the nothingness.
Don’t worry. You’ll be just fine.
Today, I present you 10 reasons why natties should stop bathing in YouTube videos.
1. Recycled Content Repeated Over and Over Again
Life is a never-ending cycle – a circle of pain within a circle of joy within a circle of pain…Everything has been said one way or another; we are all just repeating it in our own style. The clothes are different, but the body is the same.
The training advice flooding YouTube is not an exception. When you search for a topic, you get a library of online clips with identical theses.
This content inflation is a result of the following:
- The number of topics is limited.
- The process of getting stronger and bigger never changes.
- Almost anyone can upload a video.
If you have been training for a while, the chances of hearing something revolutionary are practically zero. It may hurt to admit it, but you are a victim of click-baiting and a persistent addiction filling your boring hours with digitally induced dopamine. The process is catalyzed by the false sense of social interaction and the erroneous belief that a mega special secret that only the almighty Internet can reveal is waiting for you. Yet it never comes. It’s all the same – just another man doing the squats, the deadlifts and the curls. You have the opportunity to make a choice – keep injecting the digital heroine or move on.
2. Too Much “click-baiting” and Misleading Thumbnails
A super hot woman in a devilish dress highlighting her perfect curves is looking at you from the computer screen. Naturally, you click on her; naughty desires start partying inside of you. The video is playing, but where is she? She isn’t there. All you get is a poorly dressed dude sitting on a sofa with a stupid expression on his face. You quickly skim through the video, but she is nowhere to be seen. Where is she? You do it again, but she is still absent from your reality. Is she a ghost? Maybe you launched the wrong video? You hit back and return only to learn that you’d started the right clip.
Sounds familiar? This is a common practice for most YouTube gangstas. They love spamming you with all kinds of sexually suggestive imagery so that you give them views and money. This tactic isn’t any different than the commercial billboards showcasing women with open mouths alluding to oral sex on a subconscious level.
3. Too Much Fake, Unnecessary Drama
The so-called YouTube personalities live for drama and online fights. Most of it is a series of events (sometimes staged) designed to generate traffic. And while this may be somewhat entertaining on the surface, it gets old pretty quickly.
Here’s the basic scheme.
- A popular YouTuber makes an “outrageous” claim.
- Everyone starts responding.
- The site is flooded with an enormous amount of clips on the subject.
- The followers are triggered too and start watching all the clips.
- Since the videos are usually pretty long (a requirement to have more ads in a clip), most people click through the clips or watch them at the highest speed.
I am almost sorry to inform you, but most YouTube drama is nonsense fighting for your most important resource – time. There is nothing to be gained from following YouTube’s soap opera. Any way you look at it, you are in a disadvantageous position – you are being used.
4. Too Many Fake Natties
As I told you in this post, YouTube is based on capitalism. In theory, the guy with the better video gets more views. And since most muscle constructors wrongfully associate size with knowledge, the biggest men get the most attention. If I make a fitness YouTube video, people would not be as interested because I am not big – a quality that makes me an idiot when it comes to the muscle war, right?
As a result of this mechanism, most of the popular channels are owned by juicers – some are open about their use, but many claim natural despite injecting like there is no tomorrow.
Of course, the fact that someone is taking steroids does not mean that he or she cannot produce accurate information. In practice, however, most juicers rely on their steroid based physiques to create all sorts of theories sharing many similarities with science fiction. I am sorry guys but most of the info is simply corrupt bro-science playing tricks with the right brain of the victim.
“It’s your fault,” say the fake natties.
According to the fake natties, if you are not seeing results, it’s because you are “doing it wrong”. You are performing the wrong splits. You are doing the wrong exercises. You are following the wrong training frequency. You are not eating the right amount of macros. You are not drinking enough water. It’s always your fault. You are wrong…wrong…wrong…
This poisonous thinking has created a horde of naturals obsessing over everything they do. Many natural lifters attribute the lack of results solely to their program or nutrition without realizing that there are limitations that cannot be broken with squats or protein.
Simply put, the fake natties have altered the perception and brain wiring of many naturals.
They are playing with you. They are not that dumb. They know well that they are singing politically correct statements while injecting in the shadows.
The question is – why are you listening to them?
Videos don’t allow you to search within them. Unless there are cliffs, you will have to watch the whole thing. Meanwhile, books and texts are searchable and can produce an answer very quickly.
Another problem with YouTube clips is the distraction factor. You start one clip and before you know it half the day has passed. The endless amount of information, the structure of the site, and the attention deficit disorder so common for modern humanoids are the reasons why it’s so difficult to exercise proper Internet hygiene.
Note: An effective method to limit unnecessary YouTube use is to install a plugin in your browser that removes the recommended videos.
6. Books > Videos
It’s hardly a surprise that processing written text (books) requires more brain power than simply watching low IQ clips produced by spoiled teenagers.
Moreover, books do not kill your attention span as quickly as Internet content. There are no links, banners, pop-ups, ads and notifications. Therefore, books represent a more coherent source of information.
Don’t be surprised if you learn more about training from one book than watching YouTube videos for months. It doesn’t really matter how much information is passing through your head when you aren’t absorbing or learning anything.
Undoubtedly, books have their limitations too. Learning how to perform the exercises solely from a book is a faulty process. A video demonstration makes everything clearer. For everything else, however, books win.
7. Free Stuff Has Peculiar Qualities
The online world loves to talk about freebies and the greatness of the Informational Age.
But free stuff comes with peculiar qualities. One of them is that you respect it less even if it’s good.
For example, if you buy a book or a DVD, you are more likely to pay attention because you have paid real money for it. One could argue that paying for a good product is less expensive than wasting endless hours watching free stuff online without direction.
Proper YouTube Hygiene
- Search mode instead of watch mode.What’s search mode? Looking for specific information and then leaving the site once you have acquired the needed knowledge. Watch mode starts the same way but ends very differently – you launch the page to see a squat demonstration only to end up watching wrestling for hours on end.
- Limit the time you spend on the site.
- Don’t fall for click-baiting. (If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a click bait.)
- Don’t waste time on personal vlogs. (Watching someone eat breakfast gives you nothing.)
- Don’t try to win an argument in the comment section.
I used to be the guy raging over comments. It’s a waste of time. Simply state your opinion firmly and let it go. Those who have vision will see. The more you try to convince someone, the more you are pushing him away. Arguing gives birth to more arguing. No one will ever say: “You know what, bro? You are right. I am an idiot.”
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