Physique Development: Being Better Than Your Blind Spots

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For the physique-conscious individual, we aren’t plagued by what we don’t know, but more so by all the unknown unknowns.

It’s a blind spot. We all have them, but rarely cognizant of this fact. It can keep us stagnant for far longer than it should.

What do I mean exactly?

We are a people in pursuit of excellence. We want to be bigger, leaner, stronger, faster, more flexible.

We desire to create a better version of ourselves, and to reach new heights – no matter the cost of time or effort.

This is an admirable pursuit, and one many can benefit from, but the process is an arduous one.

Weights get heavier. Progress is harder to come by. We’re nearing the final floors of our genetical high-rise.

But we yearn for more.

At this point, there are many decisions you can make in order to advance your journey.

In my opinion, the two most popular options are to:

  • Further your education, and go it alone
  • Get coached, and ride the wave

Don’t Mind Me, I Got This…

The first option is probably the most popular, especially for those who feel they don’t need help, and can get everything done on their own.

There’s nothing wrong with this approach, and I’ve done it off and on for a good part of my training career.

We read a few more books and articles. We build our own [READ MORE]


June 6, 2014

The Psychological Woes Of Physique Enhancement – Why People Fail, Negative Feedback Loops, And The Plague That Is The Shortcut Mentality

I get hundreds of messages each week via email and Facebook—many of which I’m happy to reply and offer help. However, I see a common occurrence that is robbing many of the amazing results they could have.

It’s the shortcut mentality. We want everything to happen quickly, all the while doing as little work possible. It’s why all the ads and media hype promising abs in 15 minute workouts, or a beach-ready physique with little time investment is a crock of cow feces.

In the wise words of Ronnie Coleman, “everyone wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody wanna lift no heavy ass weight!”

While we all may laugh at his sayings and mannerisms, he’s got a point. Everyone wants the prize, but no one wants to put in the work.

We run around amuck in this ‘must have it now’ society. With our cars, and clothes, and iPads, and sugar-free lattes, everything is at our fingertips. We needn’t really work for anything.

Why would you when it’s so accessible? Many people have no idea what it feels like to really accomplish something.

Below are some screenshots of a conversation I had on Facebook.

I’m posting them in order, with some commentary below each significant idea.

To give this conversation context, this young man—we’ll call him Joe—was asking me about the best programs for hypertrophy. The problem was he had barely trained up until this [READ MORE]


May 5, 2014