One of the themes that I've come back to a few times in recent months is the fundamental that there is no "magic bullet" when it comes to training. So often we are searching for the new method, the gnostic truth that, after all these years, will finally yield those long desired gains in muscle and losses of fat. We are a desperate and gullible market. Show us an abstract from a study, or an impressive transformation photo and we are yours...paypal dollars flow for whatever ebook or course you are selling.
The truth of course is that there is no secret method. Patience, consistency and simplicity are what counts. Realistic expectations. The fundamentals remain fundamental. Train hard, progressively and consistently over a protracted period on some safe exercises and be satisfied with the results. Lots of methods will work within that space.
Tell me I am OK
What I've noticed in myself a few times in relation to all this is how eagerly I seek validation of my ideas. I will mull over my training, analyse and re-analyse an exercise or routine and come up with an approach that I think will work for me. Then, however, I start to google.....I begin to try to find those out there that agree with my approach, my new idea. If I find some to agree with me - then great. If not then I am cast into a slough of despond and doubt.
Let's just be boring. Stick to some basics for a while. Forget what else is out there. Put some blinkers on for a while. Give it a chance. Be realistic. Stick at it long enough for it to make a difference.