There have been many mistakes I have made through the years while trying to build muscle. I thought I would list my top 5 and share what that means.
5. Listened to the muscle magazines with regards to protein intake from bodybuilders
-never try to copy someone else's diet, learn what your body needs based on research and apply it
4. Listened to the muscle magazines with regards to training programs
-after years of getting frustrated with different programs which became stale I finally started looking into other options. Doing the same routine as the Pro's is not a recipe for success
3. Compared myself to my idols
-we all have individual genetic predispositions, muscle insertions, adaptability to training, structure's and morals. Be the best "you" possible and you will always be successful.
2. Counted on Supplements too much
- There were times when my diet and training were less than optimal and yet I expected great things because I found the latest supplement. Nothing replaces sound nutrition and training.
1. I didn't track my diet properly
-Nutrition is the single biggest factor in taking a trained athlete's physique from average to exceptional. I only wish I had taken this approach in my early years.
With all that said, all the mistakes I have made through the years there is something positive that has come of it. I kept pushing. I stayed in the gym even when i wasn't improving. One thing that I have learned about myself is that I love this adventure and no matter what I will always take part in strength and physique sports. After 20 years of lifting I finally feel like I am starting to get a grasp of the big picture and making gains consistently is no longer dumb luck or beginners gains.
Here is a little picture history to go along with it.
When I began lifting. 16 years old. 150lbs
Few years later, about 190lbs. Lifting more but baseball was priority.
Dreamer Bulk before prep. Red Solo beer cup and all. 240lbs. 2007.
Before and after first contest Prep. 2008
Second Contest season 2009
Third Contest season, 2012
I have come a long way over the years and I still feel I am improving. I plan to spend the next two years eating, lifting and doing everything optimally to ensure that progress is made. Just stick with it, even mistakes can be turned into something positive.