Today I wanted to let you
in on a little secret that continually screws up perfectly
nice people's efforts for a lean and fit body. What is it?
Well, you're probably already familiar with it, and almost
assuredly have been bitten by it a time or two or more. And
in health and fitness it's responsible for the idea that
'nothing fails like success.'
What the heck does that mean?
Let me explain...
Just go to your local newsstand or bookstore and scan any of
the fitness magazines on display. They most certainly have
a very attractive and perfect looking model on the cover.
Take a look at the products in the ads in those same
magazines. They typically sport the same perfect looking
It's probably not a surprise that we are instantly attracted
to this type of image and ideal, but not on the
surface...I'm talking subconsciously. Our subconscious
minds eat this stuff up and make us believe that these
products and the people who push them must be the authority
because they look so great.
What I'm talking about here are the genetic few that have a
gigantic advantage over the rest of us in getting a dynamite
Do I hate these people? Maybe a little...but what I hate
more is that most people with normal genetics look to these
people and figure that their methods must be the best.
After all, if they look that good, they must know what
they're doing, right? Not always, and most of the time this
is just plain wrong.
In fact, many of those experts with perfect bodies would
look that way, or very close to it, without doing much at
all. I've met people that could exist on a diet of pizza
and beer and maintain a relatively low body fat percentage.
I also know a few that seemingly build muscle just by
stepping foot into a gym. (OK that last one is an
exaggeration, but you get the picture)
So that brings me back to the subject of this message,
nothing fails like success. When you see someone with a
perfect looking body at your gym, on TV, on the web, or
wherever, don't blindly follow their routine or methods.
Their apparent 'success' could just bring you failure.
Instead of looking to those who are genetically perfect for
advice, you should be seeking out the knowledge of those who
have made big improvements, apply principles that make
sense, and have been able help others do the same.