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    Hey there,

    This seemed like the most relevant channel for this pretty philosophical question. Apologies if it isn't.

    I've been lifting for ~7 years now and while I've learned a lot over that time I've noticed that I've begun to develop some potential biases that could be holding me back. For example, I purchased Bodybuilding I long ago when it released. I took one look at it, saw that the frequencies were only roughly 1x per week per muscle group and I promptly thought "Wow, this won't work." I closed the template and never ran it, choosing to do my own programming instead. Well, now I have been running Bodybuilding I Block I and it is phenomenal.

    What can be done to ensure you've not developed some harmful beliefs? Stay in touch with the research, read certain books, have certain friends, get a coach, or "just do what feels right brah"? These are all things that come to mind but I'm curious to hear what you've found works well for yourself and perhaps your clients.

    Thanks.

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    I'm not sure it's possible to completely avoid bias, harmful beliefs, etc. We are humans after all.

    That said, I think regularly engaging with material, activities, and communities that value scientific evidence, rigorous analyses, open discussion, and flexible belief systems would be the recommendation.

    In this case, you could've asked me why I programmed what I did and perhaps that answer would have challenged some beliefs Glad you're enjoying it.
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    • #3
      Thanks Jordan,

      Good point. I could've just asked or searched the forum (which i eventually did) and found your reasoning about it being less than 15 sets and so not worth doing 2x frequencies. Anyway, its definitely opened by mind up.

      While i've got you. Does BBM coach clients who want to train like the bodybuilding template does? Maybe they don't aspire to step on a stage one day but prefer to train in this manner with the intent of gaining muscle.

      Thanks again.

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      • #4
        Yep, we have a number of clients whose goals are mainly aesthetic- specifically muscular size.
        Barbell Medicine "With you from bench to bedside"
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