We are all individuals, we have different goals, different lifestyles, different mentalities, different goals, different dreams. With all of these differences in the equation, we can not expect something that works for a celebrity, IFBB pro or even a friend to work the same for you as it does for them.
Even something like a pre workout formulation, you may take one particular brand and you may swear by it however it may not provide the same effects to your friend, or it may simply not agree with your friend. Because of this, what I would say from my years of experience, living and brethren everything bodybuilding related is that though it is great to watch training and motivation videos on youtube, vimeo exc and listen to podcasts and be inspired to try new things, not all of the new things will work for you. Do not however be discouraged by this, make notes and create a journal, this sport is a marathon not a sprint so their is a lot of trial and error involved in becoming the best that you can. It may be something as small as using different condiments or something as major as removing fats instead of carbs from your diet when running a weightless orientated regime.
Your body is your own, you will notice that we are all individuals and that some things may work better and some not so well. Even with things like clothing, you may notice certain gym vests or gym shorts do not look as good on you as they do on somebody else, you may be the same percent body fat as your friend when you checking using a body fat caliper and your biceps may be the same size when you measure them however due to things like the length of your limbs or the genetic structure of you both, some gym clothes may look totally different once on.
Despite all of these difference, people expect that their is some sort of secret to success but the secret is; their is not secret as to why the pros are successful. Although a lot of people will think and hope that one supplement or exercise will transform their physique to that of their idol, but they physique they have created is a result of dozens of changes to their ‘plan’ over the course of years to get where they are. Yes genetics do play a part in this, but they still have to work they still have to get up and ‘do’ and for some this is that separates them between successful or not.
Some people say that they can not eat X amount, X times per day or they can not train X amount of times per week due to lifestyle commitments. Their are always ways around this, as the famous saying goes ‘if you want to be successful, you will find a way, if you want to fail, you will find an excuse. In order to be successful, you have to believe in yourself and the process and do what it takes which will mean making compromises and sacrifices along the way.
When you are off on a work trip, this may be the difference between eating out overnight because someone who wants to fail would say ‘because i had no choice’ or someone who wants to succeed making a sacrifice and not going out and instead making up their macros from other sources where available.
The great thing about the fitness and bodybuilding industry is that you are always learning, i have been training seriously for around 7 years now and not a week goes by that i do not learn something new, social media is good for this but my favourite sources has to be forums such as www.musculardevelopment.com and www.rxmuscle.com these sites are home to people in all areas of bodybuilding and fitness from spectators to IFBB pros who are always happy to inform and educate people.
One of the problems with this sport is a lot of people want to over complicate things, some take a dozen supplements at once but do not understand why they are taking each product and their justification is ‘well X person takes it’ when in actual fact the chances are they could cut their supplement intake to 2-3 main things i.e. creatine, protein and multi vitamins and still get the same results.