Similar to the virtue Temperance, Moderation is about restraint.
To put a slightly different spin on things, I’m going to embarrass myself a bit.
When I caught the bodybuilding bug in my early twenties, moderation was nowhere near my conscientiousness nor in my vocabulary.
I lifted big.
I ate big.
I slept big.
I did everything big.—all in the pursuit to be big.
I would say with that as a mindset and “cause” I accomplished what I set out for.
I followed the advice of the bodybuilding magazines to the letter, doing what the pros did, but for some reason I didn’t look anywhere near like them.
So, I persevered, more calories, more heavy volume training, more meals, more everything.
The more I pushed, the harder I went, the further I seemed to get from what I truly aspired for.
Sometimes in the pursuit of goals, we lose site of what we are actually going for in the process.
The process becomes our total focus and the end result gets blurred.
In the end, while I did get stronger and added size, much of it was in the form of fat.
Sometimes, less can be more.
It took me a very long time to realize that, but at some point years later, the light bulb finally came on.
As a natural trainee emulating professional bodybuilders was not smart for me and is not smart for you.
We need to take a more moderate approach and prioritize quality training (over quantity) and recovery.
In my opinion modern bodybuilding is dying.
The “Golden Age” is making a comeback.
Strong, functional, aesthetic physiques are obtained through a more moderate approach to training and nutrition.
Most from that era did three full-body workouts each week and produced incredible strength and in my opinion the best physiques of all time.
Moderation is crucial if we aim to achieve the best results possible.
So how do we take a more moderate approach?
As mentioned less can be so much more.
For natural trainees it is all bout the long game.
A world-class physique is built through years of quality training on compound movements, a sensible, sustainable approach to nutrition, and a prioritization on recovery with the end result always fixated as a must.
Prioritize getting stronger on key lifts that give you functional strength and the classic V-taper physique, set up a nutritional plan that is sustainable and enjoyable for you, and make for certain that you are recovered fully to perform at your very best each time you engage the iron and realize that extreme measures will do nothing but limit your long term health, longevity and overall progress and you will be well on your way to achieving all of your goals.
Ben had it right all along.