FAQ for "Defying The Curse of The Natural Muscle-Seeking Athlete"
Q: What all do you cover in the manual and how long is it?
A: I spend quite a bit of time talking about genetics and the problems people have building muscle naturally while staying lean. I then talk quite a bit about training and then present the solution to the various problems. If you enjoy reading my articles, you will probably enjoy reading the science and theory section of this manual. All told, it's about 82 pages long.
Here is the Table of Contents:
Defining the problem
What the heck are genetics anyway?
We’re really no different than animals
What is muscle mass good for in the animal world?
Genetics are quite powerful
Bodybuilding – A contradictory adaptation?
Genes and the Hunter-Gatherer
Spendthrift genes vs Thrifty genes
Unfortunate seasonal residents
Native Americans vs African Americans
Why fat people build muscle and shed fat so easily?
How hormones communicate
Good vs bad genes
What food does?
Hormones that build muscle – hormones that eat up muscle
Muscular variation – Number of muscle cells is key
DNA Testing and Manipulation – The future of sport…
Creating the right adaptations – Inefficiency vs efficiency
The fed state=anabolic state
Summarizing the problem
Genetic Limits = Bull? (Powerlifters know mass)
How much does it take to build muscle?
The anabolic effects of under-feeding
Fat loss benefits from over-feeding
Manipulating Insulin – Insulin and fat burning – Insulin and muscle growth
Training for mass
Various types of growth
How important is fatigue?
Strength training vs size training
Neural efficiency – you gotta practice
Bodybuilding and strength training
Muscular vs Neural Recovery
Factors affecting neural recovery
Organizing the loads
Training to failure?
How many reps?
How many sets?
Getting the most out of your training – You have to eat!
Training for fat loss
Glycogen levels and carbohydrate requirements
Manipulating glycogen stores
The need for cyclical training
What you will probably love about this program
The No Bull muscle gain plan
Modifying the Scheme
Monitoring body composition
b. full depletion vs partial depletion
c. training every other day vs every day
d. best times to overconsume calories
e. postworkout meals
f. modifying the plan for an athlete
g. threshold for fat gain
h. review of stimulation, supply, and signaling
i. importance of food combining?
Q: How long do I have to follow this before seeing results?
A: You should see results the first 1-2 weeks.
Q: How long do I have to follow this before taking a break?
A: As long as you follow any other program before taking a break. I would normally recommend 2 months hard training followed by a 2-week unloading period. After the 2-week break you can get right back on it for another 2 months.
Q: Will this work for athletes too or will it only work for bodybuilders?
A: Yes, it was originally designed for athletes to move up in weight without losing speed and explosiveness so will definitely work well.
Q: Can women do this program or is just for men?
A: Women can use it too definitely.
Q: Do I have to be totally anal about my diet and do I have to write everything down?
A: The only real requirement is you have to be willing to eat a minimum of one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight per day. As long as you somewhat know how to eat “to gain” and eat “to lose”, it’s very flexible. You can follow whatever style diet you like whether it’s low carb, high carb or whatever and you don’t have to be obsessive to the point of logging everything. One of the great things I like about this plan is it is so easy to follow from an eating standpoint. If you like to eat a certain way or like certain foods you can definitely find a place for them.
Q: Do I have to spend a bunch of money on supplements?
A: No, the only ergogenic supplements I recommend are protein powder, creatine, and maybe caffeine. For added effectiveness you might use something like ephedrine.
Q: What equipment do I need?
A: Basic gym equipment like basic barbells and dumbbells. Nothing fancy.
Q: Can I take steroids on this plan?
A: You can but if you’re on steroids you probably don’t need this plan. It was actually designed to mimick some of the effects of steroids