Most of the practices in Bodybuilding are based on tradition, ‘It’s the way we’ve always done it’ and authority.
You see so many things being validated from people who’ve been bestowed false authority. The number of bodybuilders, physique and figure competitors who spend a period of time being ‘coached’ they get in shape and the internet, their peers and social media look at their physique and grant them authority (or they grant it themselves). All of a sudden we have another ‘prep coach’.
Just because someone ‘once upon a time’ won, or did a show. That doesn’t grant authority or the knowledge that would make them a good coach or even someone who can make good decisions regarding what YOU should do. They probably observed very biased and cohort group of people things do something according to the aforementioned ‘tradition’.
They’ll spew to you what ‘they did’ and what flex magazine told them to do back in the day.
Their knowledge acquisition in almost all cases is VERY poor, VERY biased, has no fundamental basis behind it.
Anyone can get anyone lean. I could get ANY of you to do weights 4 times a week (no science behind what, just split up the body and pick some random numbers), an hour of cardio a day (People will decide fasted or non fasted based on their own experience, science hasn’t concluded so don’t tell me they have), half your current calories and give you fish, chicken, rice, potato and broccoli in varying degrees and combinations.
Provided you stick with it and I can whack a fake tan on you and show you how to pose a bit apparently I’m now a ‘prep coach’.
It becomes like the telephone game and the message gets distorted over time. People validate arguments with ‘because I said so’ or ‘thats the way it’s always been done’ or ‘ I won the …………. don’t you know’.
If you want to coach high level performance athletes, inclusive of bodybuilders and physique athletes you need to have at the very least a rudimentary knowledge of science. You would also be VERY well served to have an understanding of human behaviour and psychology.