Everyone's over-thinking and over-complicating this whole training and nutrition thing.
You should see some of the questions I find daily, it is mind consuming.
It does not have to be this hard, my friends.
Lift heavy, do some pump work.
Sprint hard, do some lower intensity conditioning.
Eat more carbs on training days, less on off days. Unless you are skinny and ripped. In that case eat a shitload of carbs every day.
Sleep eight hours a night, take a nap if you can, do your best to eliminate stress.
Use a foam roller and a lacrosse ball to do some soft tissue work on a daily basis.
Twenty or thirty years ago this stuff was not so complicated.
Arnold never sat there with the Pythagorean Theorem next to him while planning out workouts.
Kaz did not get stressed out if the angle of his bench was not precisely 21.86 degrees inclined.
Robby Robinson did not worry about conditioning affecting his gains nor did he care about the exact perfectly timed intervals. He ran up a set of stairs a few times. Then, when that got easy, he ran up it another time.
The internet is great. There is no denying that. But it has made it nearly impossible for a lot of you younger guys to make gains. And that is painful for me to watch on a daily basis.
That is because the overwhelming amount of conflicting information has you trying 99 different things a week and doubting each of them.
"If we only knew now what we knew then."
I posed this the other day on my facebook wall. Some people though I typed it wrong and meant to type the well recognized, "If we only knew then what we know now." I did not.
Only one guy named Tim Randall got it and this was his interpretation:
"The statement refers to the loss of innocence and wonder at the expensive of increased knowledge which can often diminish our love of life and sense of happiness. Knowing more about what others have or are doing makes us doubt our own achievements and lives. One of the main downsides of the Internet and the access to other people's lives."
That's exactly what I meant in the overall life sense. But I also intended for it to apply to training as well.
Twenty-five or thirty years ago you could not over-analyze things like you can today. There was not much to compare to or get confused by. You went to the gym lifted a barbell a bunch of times and on your off days you jogged. Yes, jogged. That is what cardio used to be called.
That was all you could do because that is all the information that existed. If you were smart you read John McCallum's column and followed his advice of doing squats, dips, presses, rows, chins and deads while keeping your workouts short and sweet.
A lot of guys got huge, strong and well conditioned without information overload and scientific theories. A simple plan is all it takes.
Back in the late 90's and early 2000's my training was awesome. I took myself up from my high school graduation weight of 147 pounds to 231 pounds and was stronger than I would ever imagined.
During this time I followed my Renegade program, which was a heavy upper body day, a heavy lower body day, a rep upper body day and a strongman day. It was simple and uncomplicated.
I did not completely change it and start something new every other week. It was the system we used for nearly a decade straight with no deviation. And everyone got jacked and strong in the process.
Then my own training took a complete nosedive and went to shit for a few years. Why? Because I started reading tons of different stuff about training all over the internet and actually trying it out, much like most you probably do.
It is only when I go back to the old, tried-and-true way of doing things that I actually get results.
Do not complicate things, my friends.
This is not rocking science, if you catch yourself over analyzing, becoming obsessive compulsive, take that energy to the gym and do some deads or squats, something old school.
Sleeping a full night is often a problem and requires discipline to be practiced for a full recovery from your workout, which is one-third of the equation. Nutrition(N), WorkingOut(W) and Recovery(R) equals Greater Fitness(GF). N + W+ R = GF.
When you think nutrition, this is the 21 century and the standard American diet is not what is necessary. Focus on grass-fed quality meats form the super health food stores. More Omega-3's, natural CLA and other beneficial properties. That is why I support Athletic Greens and why the other Top 5% of experts are also demanding that you eat non-GMO, Organic (pesticide free), cold-pressed and everything else being from grass-fed animals only.
For grass-fed whey, eat like the experts, that have all the web-traffic and millions of dollars. You can start with this whey product, read the sales copy to see and understand the science and to make yourself appreciate why it is better than the chemical whey protein MuscleTech and other leading brands are selling. The masses buy these leading brands that are not wholesome and are chemically unsafe, while the celebrities and fitness advisers, scholars of biochemistry and such are paying more attention and reaping much more in health benefits.
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