I have a little confession to make, I'm not really into the whole sport of bodybuilding, but I am however a fitness enthusiast with hopes of getting into sports medicine, I train for the health benefits and becoming stronger for the sports I do, as well as gaining the endurance needed to do these sports. I did use the beast, and I know a lot of you are shaking your heads saying what a dumbass. Well I did do what I had set out to do, put on a little size boost my endurance and strength.
I dropped from 220lbs to 195lbs (now at 200), my bench went up 40 pounds in a three week period (it wasn't very high to begin with...it was about 145 when I started)...and now using similar training methods I bench 230 free weight and 270 on the universal machine. So for this school year I've achieved all but one of my goals, I still need to lose 2 more inches off my waist, which wont take very long.
My other goals were to have the highest bench in my fitness class, play football and win the district championship (we went 8-0 this year). My progress in achieving my goals was slowed down due to 2 knee injuries, first was slight tearing in my MCL (football), then the second time my MCL was stretched (wrestling). Both injuries on the same knee.
Anyway, back to experimentation. If you take a look through history experimentation brought us great things like; TV, vaccines, cures...however experimentation has also brought destruction (i.e. the hydrogen bomb). Experimentation is the key to success, politicians experiment with the delivery for their speeches, people experiment with all those different supplements out there to find a combination that works for them...so why can't it be the same with workout routines?
Are people really so conceited that they will only believe that there is only one way to train? Only one way to get the results? I'm telling you that they are dead wrong! Every time I set a goal for myself, I make a few programs and try them for a couple weeks, then I see which one I liked best based on results and whether or not I was sore the day after.
I find this to be the best way to get the results you need because you can tailor everything to fit your needs, where as a set program and strict diet can really limit you. In no way am I saying this is definitely the best way to train, I am saying that I this is the best way for me. As all my articles are, they are based on what has worked best for me.
There are all these people going to school for sports medicine and exercise science these days, they go in and they're so happy to be there, yet when they come out they've become so closed minded about other training methods then what they've been taught. There is always room for free thinking and experimentation.
There is no one in this world that can tell you that you're wrong for trying something new for attempting something off the wall. I am a fitness enthusiast and I believe that being off the wall in my training methods has made me a more responsive, more intense person, physically and emotionally.
People criticize my methods of training and yet (oh lets use the beast as the example again), the beast is very similar to the NAVY SEALS workout article, which I found as a related article at the bottom of the beast. Now sure the SEALS workout didn't involve weights, but it did have you lifting your own body weight quite a bit, and swimming continuously from 15 minutes to 75 minutes (which causes a serious build up of lactic acid). So if this kind of training is used for the Navy SEALS, why am I so wrong in using it? Just something to think about for all of you closed minded a-holes.
Americans are so patriotic (which I applaud). I know some of you that have criticized me are American, yet your military, probably the strongest on this planet use similar training methods. Does this make sense? I didn't think so. I've had people from all over the world asking me for help in reaching their goals, I gave all the advice I could, they replied back thanking and saying how they came closer to reaching their goals and eventually going beyond that original goal.
So again I ask, why? Why is experimentation so bad in the eyes of so many of you and yet so many have benefited from my help? I think I've said all I needed to say. So just think about that. Until next time, here's to world peace and nudist colonies.
I also want to give a shout out to all the American soldiers and Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, I wish you all the best, and hope that you all return home safe and sound.