Don’t Ask!

“Why am I not seeing any results?” 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question. Normally, I ask the person to describe their bodybuilding efforts. Invariably they start off by telling me the exercises they’re doing, the frequency, and the duration of their workouts. 

As I solicit more information, they tell me their workout splits, what muscles they like to train, and how many pounds they’re lifting. 

When I query how did they come about their bodybuilding methodology, the answer is usually something they read in a magazine or someone they saw on YouTube. 

“How do you know that the person supplying you the information is credible?” 

“It sounded good. I tried it out and stuck with it.”

“What about nutrition?” 

“What about it?” 

“It’s one of the cornerstones of building your physique. Yet you never mentioned it.” 

“You mean eating?” 

“Yes, what you ingest to help your muscles grow or what you restrict to assist with the loss of body fat.” 

“I don’t think about eating. I just eat.” 

“So, you have no regards for Macros?” 

“Ugh. I didn’t ask you about eating. I want to know why I’m not getting results.” 

I realized it would be a waste of time, but I was curious about this particular individual’s process for building muscles, and asked him which body part he liked to train. He immediately became enthused and told me it was his chest.

He went on to explain that he trained it every day in an effort to get it to grow faster. It took an incredible feat of restraint, not to burst out in a fit of laughter.  

Who was he listening to? Where did he get such erroneous information? 

No matter which workout split he was doing, whether it called for it or not, he always worked his chest. I knew this individual, and had not seen any significant growth in his chest. In fact, if memory served me correctly, he was using the same weight, as he did a year ago.  

“I would explain my methodology. By no means is it the only way to do it, but it has yielded me considerable results. I’m reluctant to share it with you because you have shown no proclivity in being a doer . . .”