Time to take it old school? Do we make fitness more complicated than it is?

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    Apr 03, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    Im considering buying Jack LaLannes book, but when I see younger pics of him & his physique I am awestruck!

    This is a man, like many others at that time, that achieved an impeccable physique & as far as I know he did it with just discipline, determination & desire. Working out hard & concentrating on real nutrition from real food!

    Back then there was no gnc, no vitamin shoppe, no protein powders & supplements no steroids & etc & look at him! Hes beautiful.

    I think of guys also in prison that come out built like a brick shit house & shredded! They did this with 3 meals a day & just working out every day!

    All the info out there gets so overwhelming to me at times, drink this, eat that, 5-6 days a week! Could it be that we just need to take it back, go old school, eat real good clean food & bust our ass everyday & not worry about all these different programs & supplements?

    It just gets too complicated I think.
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    Apr 03, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    I've been doing it "old school" for the past few months, and getting better results than when I did protein powders and lifted heavy.
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    Apr 05, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    What do you consider "old school?'
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Apr 05, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    Muscle grows and adapts to the very basics of training:
    A combination of power and endurance. The former for forcing growth, the latter for being able to sustain the former and force adaptation.
    Good diet - clean, balanced, lots of water, no processed foods.
    Sleep.

    Lift strict. Lift heavy. Push beyond the pain. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

    That's old school.
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    Apr 05, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    onexepshyn saidWhat do you consider "old school?'
    Personally, I consider "old school" as being completely natural...no supplements or pills...controlling physique with only workouts and food. It's a slower process, but I'm in no hurry.
  • nicelyproport...

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    Apr 09, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
    No supplements, vitamins, or protein powders for me. Just hard work and a healthy diet. Guess I'm old-school.

    Or maybe I'm just old.
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    Apr 09, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    They are called the basics for a reason-because they work.
    I see so many trainers who are seemingly obsessed with gliding discs,bands,bender balls, and if I see one more trainer[and its always a female trainer] having people stand on a Bosu doing arm curls I will scream.
    Barbells dumbbells,kettlebells, and a stability ball always rule.
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    Apr 09, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    It's called good genes..
    Some have them.. some have to work a lot harder to look like they do.
    I was not blessed in that catagory.
  • mybud

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    Apr 09, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    I agree...The only equipment you need is a weight set...bench...and the desire
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    Apr 09, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    Yeah, I see places like GNC and the others like the guys in black capes, handlebar mustaches and a covered wagon peddling their cure-all powders, potions, and lotions. Guys in Rome, Greece and Troy didn't use that shit, and yeah look at the guys from the 40s and 50s, its just a way to milk the insecure out of money.
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    Apr 09, 2011 7:41 PM GMT
    It's what I told myself ever since I began to work out five and half years ago....farmers and day labourers don't take supplements but work out as it were on a regular consistent basis
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    Apr 09, 2011 7:55 PM GMT
    my supplements are fat free cottage cheese, greek yogurt and ground turkey breast in mass amounts. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 09, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    dude, you're totally right. just fuckn lift heavy free weights with decent form, and eat chicken/beef/eggs when you're hungry. done.


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    Apr 10, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    redbull saidIm considering buying Jack LaLannes book, but when I see younger pics of him & his physique I am awestruck!

    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidAlthough Jack Lalanne claims to have never used steroids we would have to conclude that he was a genetic freak if that is the case. Not many people had the body he had back in his day just by eating naturally.
    jack-lalanne-yoga.jpg

    Plus that 1950s-era picture of LaLanne was taken when he was in his MID FORTIES, way before even testosterone boosters. Maybe he was a genetic freak, but while he looks big in that picture he was only 5'6" and maybe 150lbs - the end product of eating clean and training for 30 years (he began at age 15). He was onto something - against my better judgement and after my most recent 11/2010 profile picture I tried creatine and nitric oxide supplements and while I rapidly got even more shredded and jacked they irritated my liver. So it's been back to old school whey protein and multivitamins for me, and my blood test results are again perfect. So I agree with the OP - shortcuts for me are both unnecessary and counterproductive.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 10, 2011 9:59 AM GMT
    look at Charles Atlas(Siciliano) No steroids-dynamic tension.

    Jack had an amazing bod and life as well.