In the bodybuilding/fitness world, there’s something called hypertrophy and atrophy.
- Hypertrophy = You’re getting bigger
- Atrophy = You’re getting smaller
What people don’t seem to get: This applies to everything in life.
Today, I’m going to show you how.
For a pretty big chunk of my life, I’ve wanted to get bigger. And if you know me, training harder wouldn’t cut it – I had to train smarter. For that, I needed to study.
I read books, watched videos, talked to coaches, bought programs… I did everything. After learning each new method, I’d have to try it! I would constantly be changing my workouts, incorporating my newfound “knowledge”.
And in doing so, I never realized much of a difference in gains.
Some programs would feel a little better for me than others. But at the end of the day, if I had been taking measurements of improvement, the gains would have been almost identical.
Did you hear that?
After implementing TONS of different styles of lifting, constantly changing everything…
I would almost always grow at about the same pace.
I could lift 3 days a week, full body, and I’d grow.
I could lift 5 days a week, isolation exercises only, and I’d grow.
I could lift once a week, adjusting the intensity accordingly, and guess what?
And at about the same pace.
So, takeaway #1 for us is this: If I tried to grow, all that mattered was the fact that I was taking the action necessary to get there; assuming that I was using a method that was proven to work.
Something I want to emphasize here is that if something is working for you, even the studies say something different…
Keep doing it.
If it works for you, it works for you.
All that matters is results. <– PREACH
“But do you know what would happen if I didn’t keep lifting? If I would stop trying to grow?”
Something i’ve learned about the body, in my experience with lifting, is that the body has a knack for conservation.
And not conservation of muscle, but conservation of energy.
And since your muscle costs energy to maintain, the second your body doesn’t need it, it will stop using up valuable energy on it.
Even if I would try to maintain my muscle…
I would get smaller.
Takeaway #2: If you’re not growing, you’re shrinking.
So we’ve learned so far that the method isn’t what’s important, as long as you’re growing, as well as the fact that if you’re not growing, you’re shrinking.
This applies to everything in life.
If you put $500 in a bank in 1900’s, even though there is interest, that would bank account would be worth roughly $2,000 in today’s time.
So it looks like it grew. But what about inflation?
We never took into account that that $500 to someone in the year 1900, would be the equivalent of almost $15,000 in today’s time.
So by trying to maintain your money, after 116 years, you end up losing about 85% of its actual value.
Meaning you maintained only 15% of that original $500.
How would a you feel about yourself if you scored 15% on a test?
Not so good.
Have you ever tried saving food for a while? (in other words, maintaining it)
If you’ve ever noticed, milk, among nearly every other natural food has an expiration date.
Only leading me to believe that it’s natural for things to deteriorate when you stop giving them energy. Or, in other words, when you stop growing them, they ONLY start to shrink.
Everywhere you look, nowadays, people are concerned with trying to maintain their weight by walking or running…
Just so they can eat worse.
But it doesn’t work that way.
If you’ve done this, I don’t have to explain to you that you probably ended up gaining weight once you started trying to maintain it.
Unless you were running/walking to lose weight, you were probably gaining.
How many relationships have you NOT tended to, expecting things to go well when you meet again.
I don’t think I need to explain any further. We’ve all had experiences like this. This is how we lose even the closest of friends: We lost contact but assume everything will be the same.
Then it turns out your buddy and you no longer have the same interests after a few years and you stop talking and caring for each other.
The method does not matter, so long as it works (i.e. you’re getting results).
But those results better be making you grow, because the second thing we learned: If you’re not growing, you’re shrinking.
This seems to be true in all aspects of life.
Keep this with you, in whatever you do, knowing this:
If you’re not getting results (growing)…You’re shrinking.
So, with that being said, there’s only one thing left for you to do..
Grow, and make sure that you’re growing. Because we know what’s happening if you’re not.
Question: Where are you not growing (shrinking) in your life today?
Is that okay with you???
If not, make that change.
That’s all for today.