Lies told to Bodybuilders

Posted on 27 Jun 2015 10:19


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Eric Troy of Ground Up Strength posted a status recently on the GUS Facebook page about bodybuilders being lied to and it got me thinking about the impractical nature of the advice being offered.


I remember back in 2006 T-rag had exploded with Chad Waterbury providing new full body workout routines every month. The whole fad was “high frequency” being the key for strength and size. With that came the trend of silly 5x5 cookie cutter routines that lazy people will insist is the best for beginners so nobody needs to use their brains to think about their goals.

But this is genuinely an injustice to both strength and size. You don’t get big doing full body routines. It ends up being a fast paced circuit and that is a very amateurish practice when it comes to increasing size. As for strength, it is simply impractical in the long term. If you do end up getting stronger you will need more and more time to train and warm-up and acclimate to the heavier weights. So if you reach a 450 pound deadlift and a 250 pound bench press and a 350 pound squat, you will literally spend an exorbitant amount of time warming up to each of these lifts one after the other and you’ll end up half-assing the actual workout – or you will end up doing such few sets within your working weight range that your proficiency in the movement will barely budge.

What is something you need to consider in all this is that the people providing these routines to you and convincing you with fancy words to choose their routine are not doing social work or charity. There is an ulterior motive at play to earn money. I don’t have any issues with people making money – I’m a business person with diverse interests having nothing to do with the fitness industry (which is why I am not part of the circle jerk to play quid pro quo with anybody else). My gripe is with misleading people and duping them into thinking you’re doing them a favor to fatten your wallet.

What do these gurus do to mislead you? If you have the goal to get big and add some mass to your body, they advise you to do a full body routine and they’ll probably cite some example like Reg Park or some old school bodybuilder. If you want to get strong they will advise you to do a full body routine focusing on the big three and cite some other examples of famous coaches like Bill Starr or whoever else to get you convinced that this is the BEST way forward for you. What essentially happens is that you’re being fed middle-of-the-road cookie cutter impractical routines which will yield you mediocre results. But you’ll be convinced that the results are extra-ordinary and the author will continue to bullshit his way to popularity.

Don’t fall for this stuff. Always make your training about satisfying your own selfish desires and goals. You are not working out to make some coach somewhere happy. You absolutely must make your training about your goals and keep it result oriented.

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