You are not special!

Tough love for beginners and intermediate lifters who think they have “special problems” so that standard workouts are not right for them.
 There is no way you can add any visual amount of muscle to your chest in 3 months naturally.  These brainwashed kids will argue with me in the comments section about how its just because I am STUPID and that if I watched KIDDOBODYs videos I could do it.
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Unrealistic muscle gain expectations are the problem!

This problem starts with unrealistic expectations fueled by fake-natty lies. Because these beginners do exactly what their fake-natty heros say to do but dont get results, they make the mistake of thinking they are hardgainers or snowflakes with special needs when in fact,  they are completely NORMAL!
Then the snake oil salesmen step in and fuel their fears and convince them that they are ectomorphs, hardgainers, or have a certain blood type that requires they spend lots of money on SPECIAL supplements or SPECIAL hollywood workout programs.
Beginners – KNOCK IT OFF!  You are NOT special, you are NOT a hardgainer, you are COMPLETELY NORMAL.  The only thing wrong with you is that you let influencers brainwash you about what realistic muscle gain expectations are.  You dont need to buy anything.
If you want to look at my bodybuilding journey over the last 35 years, here is how slow my muscle gain progress was …
Scoobys bodybuilding progress

If your goal is to maximize strength gain

If you are a lifter in your first year of consistent lifting and are interested in strength, start with the Starting Strength program by Mark Ripptoe – just ignore his idiotic nutritional advice.  Don’t “improve” it by adding exercises, additional reps, or additional sets.

If your goal is to maximize muscle gain

If you are a bodybuilder in your first year of consistent lifting and are interested in in maximizing muscle gain, then start with a good basic 3 day a week full body workout like my beginning home workout or my beginning gym workout.  AND DONT ALTER IT –

How to improve standard workout programs

How to improve standard workout programs – you cant!  Leave them alone! If you add exercises, additional reps, or additional sets then you will get worse gains, not better.  You are NOT special! Get that thru your head.  If you are in your first 3 years of lifting then you should NOT “improve” workout plans because I guarantee, you will make them worse. More is not better.  Your goal in the first few years is to establish an overall strong, muscular base to build upon.  Something that I have learned over the years is that 99% of the time, beginners are totally wrong about what is their lagging bodypart that needs improvement.  Most often they list arms or chest as their lagging part – surprise surprise. Beginners never list quads as their lagging bodypart.   Stick to the basic tried and true workouts without modification for at least 3 years of consistent intense workouts and grow everything before you start working on lagging bodyparts and sculpting your physique.

“If you have to ask for advice then you dont know enough to be altering a workout”

Exceptions – who needs special workouts

  • People with injuries – These people need custom workout plans designed by a medical professional, not a personal trainer.  A physical therapist (USA) physiotherapist (EU) is the only qualified person to do this.
  • People with diseases. These people need custom workout plans designed by a medical professional, not a personal trainer.  A doctor or physical therapist (USA) physiotherapist (EU) are the only qualified people to do this.
  • People over 65 years old – injuries, joint issues, flexibility limitations, and balance issues dictate a personal rather than a stock web workout program.
  • Competing bodybuilders – 
  • Competing powerlifters – Once you have enough lifting experience that you are competing you have to get a coach and workout programs will be tailored to maximize your lifts.

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