I think to call people lazy is wrong, although I think almost everyone could see better progress if they just put more focus on the important stuff.
Roughly 2 years ago, I started to get serious with my training. Educated myself and put in a lot of effort. Only problem was that I did things I didn't need and that hurt my progress. So I def wasn't lazy, I just read and did a lot of things that didn't apply to me.
For example, I was cutting way too early and spent the majority of the time in the gym on unnecessary accessory movements. IMO, it's a waste of time for a beginner to do incline DB press with 30 pounds when you can do more sets with the barbell bench press. I'm not saying those DB presses won't lead to anything, but the time is better spent with the big and basic lifts to ingrain proper motor patterns and the like.
In the same way, I've not really "wasted" my time with all the time I've spent on unnecessary lifts since they have led to some growth and increased my work capacity, but I would no doubt be stronger if I had just done something like SS from the start and been in a small calorie surplus the whole time.
The last two months, I've been doing his 5x5 program and my progress is faster than ever. More frequency and higher volume with the basics has helped me a ton. All smaller accessory lifts are gone and so far I don't miss doing them nor have I needed them.
Originally Posted by Cool The Kid
I am a little skeptical of this dude getting people going from nothing to squatting 3 plates in a year though. Thats 6lb a week every week.
It may be possible.
My squat max 8 months ago was probably around 190 and now its 290.
A beginner coming from a somewhat athletic background would probably be squatting at least 135 his first time.
That kind of person could very well do 315 after a year if everything is done correctly and he isn't too skinny at the start.