If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ll fit into one of the following categories in regards to your training.

• You’re looking to build muscle to attract girls

• To excel in your chosen sport and get an edge over the competition you need to improve your physique

• You’re overweight and unhappy and have decided it’s time for change

• You’ve been lifting for a while now and have seen some steady progress, yet the rate at which you’re progressing has begun to rapidly decrease

When these situations arise, consulting Google is generally the first course of action. I know it used to be for me when I found myself hitting a plateau or getting into a training rut. Upon searching “how to build muscle mass,” “advanced techniques to build muscle,” or “best diet to get shredded” millions upon millions of search results are instantly displayed.

“Fantastic, all the information I need is right here at my fingertips!” you think to yourself.

With so many different results come so many different recommendations, techniques, conflicting points of view, and the peddling of many supplements which promise to help you acquire that body you’ve been working tirelessly to achieve.

Your mind becomes overloaded with a ton of conflicting information, you get frustrated and don’t end up implementing a diet or workout regimen because you’re left with more unanswered questions than before.

This is undoubtedly the #1 reason why most men are struggling to build lean muscle mass.

It’s analysis paralysis: “over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken.”

Funnily enough, from my experience I can see that this is also the reason why most online businesses and passive income streams fail—an overload of information leads to absolutely no action. Do I need to buy whey protein concentrate or whey protein isolate? What if my testosterone level is only 400ng/dl?Am I at risk of going catabolic if I don’t get a meal in within 20 minutes of finishing my workout? Does my chicken breast have to be boiled or grilled to absorb the nutrients best?

Too much thinking and not enough doing

The internet is our greatest tool. Researching literally any topic and gaining new knowledge within seconds is a blessing, yet at the same time the internet is a weapon—the amount of false information, broscience, marketing of pseudoscience supplements, and different gym-goers’ conflicting opinions is mind boggling.

Stop over reaching and stressing.

Construct your own plan.

Realize that the perfect diet, the perfect workout regimen, and the perfect supplement do not exist. Stop looking for the quick fix.

Like any other worthwhile endeavor in life, building a noteworthy physique is a marathon, not a sprint. it’s a journey on which you take action for a pre-determined period of time before measuring your progress to assess what is and what isn’t working and then pivot the necessary portions of your workout regimen, diet, or supplementation.

Instead of reading 100 articles on Bodybuilding.com and listening to every broscience post submitted by your favorite Instagram athlete, read what YOUR BODY is telling you after you have applied a workout, diet, or exercise for a reasonable period of time. You will learn far more from it than from any article like “How to Build A Badass Chest Today – the 3 must do exercises.”

Here’s what I’d like you to take away from this post:

– Stop looking for the perfect workout regimen, diet, or supplement

– Understand that building a noteworthy physique takes time, regardless of what training ideology you adopt

– Pick a routine and diet and follow them consistently for 4 – 6 months

– Track your lifts, weight, body fat and body measurements

– Assess your progress and results and make necessary pivots based on this information

– Rinse and repeat

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