This Article Is A Review Of Another Article On Bodybuilding.com.
This is a review of Ryan McLane's recent article titled "A New Thought!". The article below is by Big Red and Anthony Church, famous writers on TeenBodybuilding.com.
Every so often a writer for bodybuilding.com comes out with an article so unique and informative, that I have to read it twice to make sure I've absorbed all the information. Then again, every so often another article comes out that I have to read twice. Not because it brilliant or informative, but because it is so horribly thought out it takes me a couple of readings to try and decipher what the reader said. Unfortunately, this happens to be the case with Ryan McLane's newest article "A New Thought", a clear example of the latter description. So, without any further ado, I present the facts behind the misconceptions.
Big Red: All bodybuilders take the lazy way out? I've always thought of bodybuilders as dedicated individuals who pour everything they have into achieving one goal; building the physique of their dreams. Let's try to keep the lame generalizations to a minimum.
Anthony Church: This statement is actually fairly correct, however, only under one condition. The condition is that the definition of lazy is this: Marked by persevering, painstaking effort; using work or energy day in and day out to effectively tear down muscle fibers over extended periods of intense fatiguing movements. The fact is, bodybuilders are the exact opposite of lazy. Wouldn't it be more appropriate to classify one who is resistant to work or exertion as lazy? The fact is, if you are lazy, you are not a bodybuilder so to say that bodybuilders are lazy is just completely and utterly ridiculous to say the very least. Also, what does having knowledge have to do with how hard you train? Some of the most intelligent people I know are the most hardcore, hardworking, and intense people I have ever seen train.
Big Red: So you're saying people like Stuart McRobert, Matt Bryzcki, Wayne L. Westcott, Ken Leistner and many of the other leading doctors in the field are pansies because they're not built like pro bodybuilders? What you don't seem to realize (moron), is that today, the majority of the pro's have people working behind the scenes. Personal trainers if you will, that advice them on drug use, training, diet, etc. Today's pros don't have to do any more thinking than a fat, unemployed trailer park housewife does.
Big Red: I'll gladly take the word of a smaller guy, who has trained many successful individuals and can provide actual reasons why his training philosophies work then from Ronnie Coleman.
Anthony Church: McLane lacks understanding here in that all of those knowledgeable people he talks about, that aren't the biggest thing since sliced bread, may not have the same goals as him. Just because he, as a bodybuilder wants to be as big as a cathedral this by no means necessarily represents the goals or aspirations of those whom he speaks about with such vast knowledge. The fact is that these people are not where McLane wants to be so he is automatically shunning them and viewing them as an inferior source of information. This kind of attitude is detrimental to your bodybuilding endeavors. In a sport where information is so expansive it is essential that you look to learn all you can from everywhere possible.
Anthony Church: A friend of mine, 28 years old, is one of the smartest people I know when it comes to the human body, how it works, and how it responds to training and nutrition. Much of what I know has been taught to me through him. He has been studying this area for over 10 years and his knowledge is very extensive. However, he takes this knowledge and applies it to many different paths in his life that satisfy him, as an individual. His individual goals determine exactly what he does and when he does it, and all of this is backed up by a wealth of knowledge. I will, with an open mind, take the knowledge he has shared with me, and apply it to myself, perhaps in a different way, but apply it nonetheless. So he might look like a child standing next to one of today's bodybuilding greats, but I will take that knowledge from him any day of the week, and apply it every day of the week. In short, do not judge someone by his or her size.
Big Red: Unfortunately, genetics exist. I'm sorry to have to inform you of this. There's a reason why Arnold could train for 6 hours a day, or why Coleman is the biggest man alive (besides a large surplus of drugs), its because they have the genetic ability to train like this and recover. The majority of people do not.
Anthony Church: I have an awesome idea! First, reread what I wrote in regards to your last pointless comment, and then instead of asking a bunch of impressionable teenagers, ask the pro's if the advisors they use are bigger than they are! When you get the answer I'm sure you will come to the realization and agreement that your comment makes little sense. As far as genetics go, to say that they don't play a part in bodybuilding is like saying that protein doesn't play a part.
Big Red: For some reason the biological laws just don't apply to McLane. I suppose cortisol is a myth as well, right? And the fact that natural hGH levels decline after about 45 minutes of training, that's just another misconception, right? If over-training doesn't exist, and more truly is better, then why not train 7 days a week for 5 hours a day, if you can stuff yourself with 7,000 calories each day, you should recover fine, right? The truth is, your body has a set recovery limit, and as long as you are eating an optimal amount of calories and protein, you will not recover faster then this limit, despite eating more. The only way to raise this limit is to raise the anabolic hormones in the body, which can be done naturally, but not to a significant degree.
Big Red: Since you're so fond of analogies, I'll give you one of my own:
Big Red: Let's assume there is a bridge in a village, the bridge is your muscles and the village is your body. There are villagers who work on this bridge, these are your recovery abilities (i.e.: testosterone, growth hormone, igf-1, insulin, etc.). There is also wood and nails and such, these are your calories. Lastly, there is a hurricane that comes through quite often, this being your workout.
Big Red: Now, let's say a hurricane comes through and tears the bridge down. The villagers quickly start repairing it bigger and stronger then before. If it is successfully repaired before the next hurricane, the process will continue and the bridge will progressively get bigger. No matter how much wood is available, the rebuilding of the bridge is limited to the villagers.
Big Red: This time lets assume that the hurricane comes through and tears the bridge down, again, the villagers start to repair. Now, no massive amount of materials will speed up the rebuilding of the bridge. So let's say the hurricane comes through again before the bridge is repaired. Villagers are lost, and rebuilding time is slow. If the hurricane strikes again before the bridge is fully built, it will be torn down even further.
You catching the drift here tip-flick?
Anthony Church: Perhaps you should reanalyze your thoughts especially when it comes to over training or you will find yourself spinning your wheels and going hardly anywhere. First off the bat, have you ever heard of something called the nervous system? I'm sorry to be the one to have to fill you in on the subject but your muscles aren't the only things taking a beating in the gym. Do you think that while your pounding yourself into the ground with your endless sets and your high volume training your nervous system is enjoyably sitting in the bleachers eating overpriced popcorn and waiting for the third period? If you do you are very sadly mistaken. The fact of this matter is that your nervous system is right there with you, going through the same shock of the intense, rigorous training you are. Instead of shunning it, I think you should thank it. In addition your body can only repair itself so fast regardless of what you throw at it from a nutritional aspect. If you want to speed recovery beyond your bodies' standard capabilities you would need to potentially compromise health and wellness in order to play around with your hormones. Sorry, it just isn't worth it. Over training is very real. Like it or not!
Big Red: And I bet your liver was ready to kick you in the ass. This has got to be one of the stupidest theories I've ever heard. Please, no one try this at home. There is no way humanly possible that you could have absorbed anywhere near the amount of protein you just ate in such a short period of time. What a waste of good meat.
Anthony Church: Before I get into the idiocy of what you just wrote, did you ever think that the reason you weren't so sore is because you trained your back "[that] long". Maybe it was your treasured high volume that workout. Maybe not, but it is definitely something to consider. Also, to consume that much protein in that period of time is as half-witted and senseless as most of your other presumptuous statements.
Big Red: Hey, here's a wonderful new thought for you, try proof reading before you submit an article, dumb-ass.
Anthony Church: No comment necessary.
Big Red: But I thought you would take size over knowledge? If I'm reading your ramble correctly, you're contradicting yourself yet again. Perhaps its time to pay attention in English class rather than picking your nose?
Anthony Church: "I have to earn that size with my knowledge…" enough said!
Big Red: Ok, I take this personally, seeing as I train with HIT. If you really think HIT's for pansies, I highly encourage you to take a trip to Rhode Island to train with me. I'll even pay for your trip if you can make it through my workout without crying or passing out. And this goes for anyone else in the New England area.
Big Red: As for Mentzer being on steroids. I suppose you are one of those morons, who think Ronnie Coleman is natural, right? Ronnie trains with volume, he's on steroids, so his training doesn't matter, right? Most of the guys in the NPC are on juice, I guess that their training styles are void as well? And anyone who sticks a needle in there ass will get big no matter how little effort they put into training and diet, correct? You have a lot to learn pickle.
Big Red: Little hype? HIT has been around for quite some time, and Mike Mentzer didn't start it. Not to mention, the man is dead, let him rest in peace. The truth of the matter is, HIT has been used since early weight lifting, Arthur Jones made it popular in the early 70's. Have you noticed the slow decline in volume since the mid-60's? In the 60's training each muscle three times a week was the norm, now, it's unheard of in natural bodybuilding circles. Most natural bodybuilders train each muscle once a week, using a much lower volume then in the days of old. The amount of volume used by the "norm" is slowly becoming less and less over the years. Arthur Jones was truly ahead of his time.
Anthony Church: Personally I don't qualify as a HITer, but I'm definitely no high volume trainer either. However being a good friend of Big Red, there is definitely a lot of resentment here. First off, don't bash anything you haven't tried. Second, don't bash it anyway because just because it doesn't work for you, it doesn't mean you can suggest to everyone not to use it. You most definitely should watch how you say things.
Big Red: Hey touch hole, why are you commenting on things you don't even know about. Is it really that hard to do a little research and learn before you open your pie-hole?
Big Red: First off, its ketoacidosis that is unhealthy, not ketosis, and yes, there is a big difference.
Big Red: Here's an excerpt from Maria C. Linder's book "Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism: with clinical applications" pages 87-109, Chapter Eight: Nutrition and Metabolism of Protein. For those of you who don't know, Maria is on the faculty of California State University Fullerton, California in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Big Red: "With reduced protein catabolism, urinary nitrogen excretion also declines. And there is a shift from the excretion of urea to a predominance of ammonia loss. This shift toward ammonia versus urea parallels the increased production and excretion of keto acids, and serves to MAINTAIN ACID/BASE BALANCE."
Big Red: "The overall point is that muscle is a valuable reserve of carbons that can be used for glucose production when needed. However the body prevents excessive losses of muscle protein over long periods of fasting by adapting the central nervous system to utilization of ketone bodies for fuel."
Big Red: "A parallel adaptation in the production and excretion of ammonium ions by the kidney neutralizes the increased ketone bodies (principally beta-hydroxybutyric and acetoacetic acids). Without the latter adaptation, such large productions of keto acids would cause a severe ketoacidosis, as well as a loss of large quantities of sodium and potassium ions (accompanying ketones spilled into the urine)."
Big Red: "Therefore, unless one is an insulin dependent diabetic or literally starving TO DEATH due to a lack of food, there is little or no danger from ketosis which is not characterized by a simultaneous RISE IN BLOOD GLUCOSE and BLOOD ACIDITY."
Anthony Church: I think Big Red said it all.
Big Red: So if I'm eating 600 grams of carbs from rice and pasta each day, but no fat I will loose weight? Maybe so, but will it be fat? Definitely not. The body needs fat to function properly, in fact, fat and protein are far more important to the body then carbohydrates. People just don't seem to realize just how important EFA'S are. Omega-3 is responsible for so many different biochemical reactions in the body, one of which is keeping natural thyroid hormone high, so your metabolism stays high, and you burn fat, something that doesn't happen during low-fat diets.
Big Red: And if this was the case that fat makes you fat, you wouldn't have a bunch of fat women waddling around eating rice cakes all day, now would you?
Anthony Church: Really? All I have to do is cut fat out of my diet and I will lose weight!!! That is incredible! Why didn't someone tell me this before. What it all comes down to is that I have been told that before and it is a bunch of crap! Cut all the fat out of your diet and when the dust settles, you will be in the same place you've always been. McLane, let me ask you this question personally and please give me a direct answer through e-mail. What if I eat 3,500 calories a day through carbohydrates and protein alone and my maintenance level is 2,500 calories a day? Am I going to lose weight?
Big Red: And I bet that is all you know! Hello? Anyone in there? Where's the proof? Where's the scientific backing? I could say "the nutritional consultant to Vitamin World says that eating your own shit can increase testosterone by 348% and give you steroid like gains" but would you believe me?
Big Red: And studies on professional bodybuilders, how is that at all relevant to the natural bodybuilder?
Anthony Church: "I couldn't start to begin how much she emphasizes it throughout the book." I'm glad you didn't start to emphasize it. I have a quick question for you. Are we the average middle aged women looking to shed off a few pounds of bodyfat that we've somehow accumulated over the years? Or are we HARD-CORE teen bodybuilders with high standards and different lifestyles than the average person? I think you and everyone else will agree that the latter question suites us more. The reality here is that that woman's book doesn't apply in any way to bodybuilders. Sorry, natural or not. Have fun getting ready for a competition with this high carbohydrate diet that for certain and unknown reasons you believe holds relevance to you or your goals.
Big Red: Uhm…Contradiction! You just rambled off a bunch of nonsense gibberish about how bad low carb diets are, and now you are saying they're good for you? Make up your mind little man.
Anthony Church: The inconsistency of your thoughts confuses me. First you are arguing that high-carbohydrate diets are where it's at, and now you are telling me, and all of your other readers, that for everyone that tells you a low-carbohydrate diet is bad, you can give them a reason why it is good? So which do you advocate, high or low carbohydrate dieting? Here's MY new thought! Make up your mind!
Big Red: Wow, for once you made sense.
Anthony Church: Exactly! Especially not McLane's!
Thank you for taking the time to read this review. I hope you now have a broader understanding of what's what in the world of bodybuilding. Remember it is in your best interest to be a discriminate reader. Do not always take everything you read, hear, or see for what it appears or claims to be. Often times it is not valid.