By Stuart McRobert Iron Man Magazine
Q: Two years ago when I was 16 I decided to dedicate 10 years of my life to building a physique like Jay Cutlerís. Iím copying his training methods. Although Iím fully committed, and I train hard, eat well and sleep a lot, Iíve made little progress. How close to his physique do you think I can get?
A: When I was a teenager, I made a similar commitment. Arnold, Frank Zane and Sergio Oliva were among the biggest names back then.
I speak from experience. You can be dedicated to imitating Jayís training, but unless youíve inherited freakishly long muscle bellies and the other qualities required for building huge muscles, you wonít get even close to what heís achieved. After his first two years of bodybuilding Jay had made tremendous progress. That you havenít, despite your commitment, indicates that youíre a typical hardgainer, not a genetic phenomenon.
The years 16 to 26 cover a pivotal period that can shape your future. Your primary concerns over that period should be to get well educated and stay healthy. Make bodybuilding your main if not sole hobby, but keep it in perspective in the context of your overall life.
Thereís an irony here. If you train the way a hardgainer should rather than how a pro bodybuilder does, youíll make much better progress than youíre making now. The strategy Iím proposing not only will be good for your life as a whole but also will help your bodybuilding.
Editorís note: Stuart McRobertís first byline in IRON MAN appeared in 1981. Heís the author of the new 638-page opus on bodybuilding Build Muscle, Lose Fat, Look Great, available from Home Gym Warehouse, (800) 447-0008, or www.Home-Gym.com.