Question about building muscle I received earlier this month. My comments are below…
Hi, I’m new to weightlifting, I don’t want to be a bodybuilder but would like a body similar to Tom Hardy’s in the film Bronson. I believe I need to follow a powerlifting routine so I’m wondering if 5×5 Stronglifts is a program that will give me thick, heavy and dense muscle?
Okay, I hate to burst your bubble, but you won’t get a body like Tom Hardy in Bronson, Batman or any of his movies.
You can train like him, you can eat like him, you can do everything he did…
… and you still won’t get a body like him because…
… YOU ARE NOT TOM HARDY!!!
You are you.
You’re not him, you’re not me.
Heck, my two brothers lift weights. They lift the same way I do, they eat pretty much like I do, we got the same parents.
And we *still* don’t look the same.
My early mentor, I trained the same way he did, ate the same way he did, and I never looked like him either.
I became a stronger and more muscular version of ME.
And you will become a stronger and more muscular version of YOU.
NOT of someone else.
Anyway, if you don’t want to be a bodybuilder but just want to get stronger and build muscle without spending your life in the gym…
… than StrongLifts 5X5 will definitely help you achieve your goal.
Three exercises, three times a week, about 45 minutes per workout.
That’s all it will take you to get stronger and build a better physique.
Don’t make excuses.
P.S. Keep in mind we don’t even know if Tom Hardy achieved his physique naturally. And I’m not claiming he didn’t. But we know steroids is common among actors who need to get ripped quickly. So it wouldn’t be a surprise if he used steroids to get there.
My point is: it’s even harder to get a body like him when you’re training naturally while he’s using drugs. Better is to let yourself get inspired by the results of guys who train drug-free.