One of the biggest problems in fitness whether it be increasing your bench, getting 'shredded', or your path to become monster of strength is CHOICE.
Too many exercises, too many rep schemes, too many cardio machines, too many macro percentages, too many weight loss plans. Brain overload.
The Zone, Paleo, Weight Watchers, IIFYM, Grapefruit Diet, Atkins Diet. Which one is best?....Information overload.
Ever read those ridiculous magazines like 'Muscle & Fiction' where they have you perform eight different exercises for one body part?
'Hey brah, what's the best exercise at bringing up my biceporalphalangeosauraus muscle?'
No wonder people are lost when it comes to physical fitness and strength.
Every day we are inundated with complete hogwash. Drink this cleanse, take this super supplement, follow this 3 Week Arm Program, join this weight loss club.
We need to start filtering out the noise and making training and following a healthier lifestyle that little easier on ourselves. It shouldn't be this bloody stressful. We should be enjoying ourselves. Breaking personal records. Learning how to cook tasty recipes. Learning new skills. Sharing our experiences.
Being thankful that we have legs to squat. We have an obligation to build a strong body inside and out. There are those who can't. Instead we get caught up in what those pesky Kardashians are doing. Insecure that we don't look like the air brushed models in the magazines and body doubles in the talkies.
People have been taught to believe from TV programs like 'The Biggest Loser' that the only way to succeed with their body composition goal is to get yelled at, pushed to their limit to the point of vomiting and passing out. That's how you get results! Oh, and if you only lose one pound you get voted off.
Tough shit. You are not good enough.
Too much information coming from the wrong sources that really don't care about you.
What's the alternative?
If I had my way, this is what I'd do:
1) Ban All Fitness Magazines: they just confuse you and will cause you to jump from program to program.
2) Follow a Reasonable Eating Plan: drink water, eat more lean protein, eat more fruit & veg, healthy fat. Real food. Need more energy? Then add some starchy carbs, assess and adjust from there.
3) Buy Two Journals: one for logging workouts and progress. The other for tracking food and compliance. These two things will give you the biggest feedback to how your day went.
4) Practice the Basics: pressing, pulling, squatting, deadlifting, isometrics, carries, some form of cardio. Get outside more.
5) Get Coached: get advice and support from someone who trains or has trained themselves, and/or coaches others. Approach this like its a college/school education. Learn and apply.
6) Please Finish a Program: the only time you can give your true opinion on whether a lifting/exercise program worked is if you actually follow it as prescribed and complete it.
Ignore the noise. Block out the bullshit. Make it easier on yourself.