The following might piss alot of people off, but in the spirit of TC and not caring about who I piss off. I state only my own opinions and I realize there will be MANY who completely disagree with me. This rant has been building for many years actually. This excellent thread is finally a vehicle for me to unload (so that I feel better, ha ha). Oh well. Here we go:
I too discovered TESTOSTERONE (it wasn’t the wimpy T-Nation monicker back then…my apologies for those who are offended by my use of the “w” word, but the whole PC movement these days irks me and it was sad when big bold TESTOSTERONE gave in to it) back when it started. It was only TC, Tim Patterson, Charlies Poliquin, and some others. The heyday for me was when Brock Strasser (Bruce Kneuler), Bill Roberts, Cy Wilson, etc were around.
Then again, I’m much more into the supplement/drug information than training info, mostly because I’ve spent more than enough time experimenting with different training techniques (that I knew of at the time) and the ones coming out now are very much a rehash (recyling) of training thoughts of the past. There are some very new concepts such as what CT and Waterbury comes up with, but even those I believe need to be tailored to ones specific physiological makeup. Training everyday and only doing performance based training won’t work for everyone…depending on your specific goals that is. My opinion from my own experience.
I loved TC’s bold articles that incited broad discussions and pissed alot of people off. He still does it today, and that is one great thing that hasn’t changed. His irreverence towards PC-ism and just bluntly saying it as he sees it (alot based on fact) is what is really missing on this site these days. I understand “T-Nation” and Biotest have become a big business now, but it happens so often that new bold companies soften up to appeal to the masses for even more possible money making appeal…this works up to a point, but when you become too mainstream you lose your edge, and you could start to LOSE customers to that niche that loves the boundaries.
In other words…don’t forget where you came from.
To that end, Biotest products are simply the best. I try all of them. I use all of them. But Biotest is my staple. This is what keeps bringing me back. There are “some” articles on the site that interest me, again mostly the supplement ones (the drug ones has disappeared due to PC-ism again), but any article by CT, Waterbury, John Meadows brings me in as well. I may not agree with everything they write…hell I might completely disagree with them, but they bring forth the thinking.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think there should be 2 sites, one for bodybuilding, one for everything else. Call the bodybuilding site TESTOSTERONE, and everything else can stay in T-Nation. In my opinion, I really don’t care about performance based training, cross-fit, MMA-training, etc. I understand these areas are the latest “thing” and actually (surprisingly) I think they are a much much better exercise regimen than just bodybuilding or powerlifting. But personally, I really don’t care. I know, I know…there are things that can be learned from other training/sport philosophies and indeed I do. But like the cross-fitter can’t completely appreciate pure bodybuilding, same is true vice versa.
For those articles/supplements that potentially appeal to both, put them on both sites. Create a link to go from site to site ala the Biotest store.
Now the very real negative of doing this (other than the cost): just like how FOX news, CNN, MSNBC are so slanted towards their particular viewpoints, so is the danger of separating the bodybuilding/powerlifting from the cross-fit/sports philosophies. In the old days, news programs HAD to give equal time to the opposing views. Back then, I am one who truly believes this was one reason how the nation was more “middle” rather than completely “right” or “left”. The internet has created the environments where one can choose to ONLY reside in the area that they currently believe in without expanding their minds and trying to understand the other sides/opinions. This is very true in the current weight training world as well.
So, though I’m ranting like hell about this, there IS a good reason why everything should be on only one site.
That being said, give me my TESTOSTERONE website back. : )
Back to trying to being PC and all nicey nice as to not raise anyone’s own sensitivities.