You read about some exotic exercise or exercise system; some 'wonder' vitamin, mineral or protein supplement; secret attitude etc...etc...Though all of these factors may play a role in successful bodybuilding, they are so secondary that they become almost trivial compared with the essence of bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding fact is that if you would ensure that your training is progressive then you will gain muscle without hardly giving a thought to diet, attitude, specialist equipment etc. People are continually looking for new easy ways in bodybuilding by considering those factors outside hard heavy training. The cause of this misdirected attention probably lies with those individuals who have commercial interests in bodybuilding The essence of successul bodybuilding is so plain and simple that it cannot allow many people to make gain from it. What these profit mongers do is to try to make bodybuilding much more complicated and involved than it really is so that they can find something 'new' to write about, some secret to make training finally work, miracle supplements etc etc. They have developed a bodybuilding fiction so as to be able to exploit the bodybuilding public.
Stop being confused, misled and exploited.
From Bodybuilding Fact and Fiction by Stuart McRobert, in Iron Man May 1982 issue.
I think we are still being confused, misled and exploited. It is even worse now than it was 31 years ago. There are now even more supplements, exercises and pieces of exercise equipment and the internet feeds our desire for novelty and facilitates our distraction from the basics. It is the great distraction.