Why you arenít reaching your goals!
If you set a goal worth reaching, you will find that it is hard to achieve. There are lots of reasons why you may find yourself having trouble; I canít possibly capture every potential problem, but I keep seeing the same problems propping up over and over again, so I wanted to just put this out there.
Stop trying to do stupid things.
I'm talking about:
Underweight people who want to cut so they can see their abs.
Obese people who want to bulk because they arms arenít big enough.
Guys who donít need to train their legs because they are already big or better yet, because they run.
Girls who donít need to train their upper body (usually no excuse even given)
People who make up their own routines, ask for feedback, and then get offended if they are told their routine is bad.
Better yet, the people who argue their routine is good because no one knows their body better than they do. You may know your own body, doesnít mean you know anything about training or succeeding.
People who complain novice routines are too easy for them when they canít even bench their own body weight and canít even squat to depth as much as they can bench.
If you are weaker than an average dude (or dudette) your size who doesnít even lift, then a novice routine is not too easy for you
People who complain that they donít look any different even though they have been training for 5, 10, 20 years.
People who complain that they are spinning their wheels only to reject all advice given to them.
Underweight people complaining about lagging muscle groups
There's no reason to worry about one muscle group when your whole body is lagging
Obese people complaining about lagging muscle groups
No way to know if anything is lagging when you are too fat to see your muscle
Stop making excuses as to why you cannot do the right things.
I'm talking about:
People who keep skipping their workout sessions.
People whose workout sessions arenít worth doing to begin with.
People who canít gain weight because of their ďfast metabolismĒ who somehow never know how much they are eating or what their macros are; they just eat ďa lot.Ē
You do not eat a lot. You are not a special snowflake.
People who canít lose weight because of their thyroids, who claim they eat very little calories, but do not weigh their food and have problems with binging.
When you binge you are destroying your deficit. Thatís why you donít lose weight
People who canít keep track of their macros because it is too time consuming
This only takes a few minutes a day, if you canít put that towards your goals, stop complaining that you are too scrawny or too fat (Granted some people succeed without counting their macros, but this is not everyone. If you arenít tracking and you arenít seeing progress, then start tracking)
Stop lying to yourself
I'm talking about:
Stop claiming that you are overtraining. You are probably undertraining or just training stupid.
Stop taking before and after pictures with different poses, lighting, and with Instagram filters so you can tell yourself you gained all this muscle and lost all this fat when you didnít.
Stop telling yourself youíre 15% body fat when youíre closer to 30%
Stop using BS body fat devices and getting mad when people tell you they are inaccurate
Stop shopping at the Baby Gap, so you can pretend you have muscle
Stop rushing your bulks only to complain that you got fat
Bulking is not an excuse to get fat. Your surplus should be proportionate to your ability to build muscle. You should be adjusting based on what happens in the mirror.
Stop crash dieting just to complain that you have ďdamaged your metabolism.Ē
Cutting is not an excuse to develop an eating disorder. You shouldnít be losing weight so fast that you have to sacrifice muscle tissue and bone density because you canít lose fat fast enough to keep u,p and you shouldnít be glued to your cardio machine.
Stop BSing your training during your cut only to complain that you got weak
Stop ďrefeedingĒ all the time just to wonder why you donít lose any weight.
Stop going through large swings in weight only to wonder why five years later, you still look like crap.
The point of bulking and cutting is not to gain and lose the same fat pounds over and over again while building no muscle
Stop blaming the process. If you arenít getting anywhere, then you are doing something wrong. Take responsibility. Get advice. Figure out where you are screwing up and fix it.
Stop spending all your money on supplements if your diet is crap, and your training is nonsense
Stop buying crap that will not work. Do some research before you buy stuff.
Stop asking like the forums is Ask Jeeves. People are here to help, not spoon feed you.
What should you be doing instead?
Barring any injuries, you should be training your whole body with a reasonable workload
You should be using compound lifts and isolation movements as needed to stress your muscles
Donít think a bunch of pec flies can replace compound pressing movements
Donít reject all isolation exercises because they arenít ďfunctionalĒ
You should be getting stronger, or bigger, or leaner, or fitter
If none of the above is happening, something is wrong
You should be evaluating your own progress
You should ask for help when you are stuck
You should start with "yes I can," not no I canít
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05-18-2016, 07:05 PM #1
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05-20-2016, 05:41 PM #2
Guys who don’t need to train their legs because they are already big or better yet, because they run. ===== I only train legs since I have huge quads, I was doing 315 ATG for reps last summer, I could've put 405 on the squat now I don't train legs as seriously. Only for an hour quick workout once a week to keep them constant. Why? Since it's my body.
People who make their own routines? Sorry I am that guy, I've been like that since I started lifting and look where it brought me. I've never followed a routine and my split is very good for me or even the general person. I've changed it up though, use to be 2x squatting, 1x deadlifting, 2x benching. Slightly different now but still the same concept.
Also I undereat at times, I eat a balanced meal and I'm constant with my meals. I also been gaining weight slowly (Do a nice clean bulk), and I've been getting a lot stronger recently. Oh yeah I also train for 45 minutes to an hour. Usually an hour depending on my schedule. Due to school/work conflict. Also my workouts are calm, nothing serious.
What I'm trying to say here is that you are making this thread like you know everyone and that your advice is right. You are a hypocrite.
By the way I've reached all my fitness goals since I was a freshman in high school. My goal was to do 225 end of my senior year, I did it end of my sophmore year. I had a goal of deadlifting 405 by my senior year, I did it the summer before my junior year. Including goals with pull ups or anything in that genre. But in general I was born with solid genetics so I can get away with **** most kids can't. GG, thread is useless.Current Stats:
Bench: 275 2x reps
Deadlift: 365 10x reps (probably more tbh)
08-20-2016, 10:28 AM #3
to some failure is an option, to some its not, its all in your head
08-23-2016, 07:12 AM #4
One of the better Post Your Own articles on these boards. Good read.Log: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=169283793
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