- Men lift for strength, not for muscle.
Lifting for ‘muscle’ isn’t even the best way to gain muscle. Progression (getting better) provides the most necessary path. The notion of wanting more muscle simply for muscle’s sake is weird.
… and this is coming from a guy who wanted nothing more than to gain muscle.
I spent my early years as an absolute toothpick, and my initial goal was primarily aesthetic. It’s a weird, vain, goal. It doesn’t belong in a man’s quest for improvement because it does more to weaken him than build him up.
If you want to build a body like Hercules, focus on building dense, strong muscle, not puffy pastry muscle.
- Use movements you’d use in real life, in adventure and battle.
One of the best exercises to build a V is to hit a sledgehammer against a big ol’ tire or chop wood.
One of the best exercises to build a lean, ripped midsection is to hit the heavy bag.
Deadlifting, bench pressing, overhead press, squats, these are all things you’ll do in real life and that will help you live a better life. The extreme isolation of bodybuilders is primarily useless.
Simplify and improve.
Bodybuilders or physique people or fitness people in general have begun to see running as the enemy. We need cardio.
We need it to become faster and stronger. We need it to be able to last longer.