Information overload is defined as “exposure to or provision of too much information or data.” In my younger days, before the internet, the only way you got information on bodybuilding was from buying bodybuilding magazines. Every month I would get my copy of Musclemag and read it cover to cover.
Information today on bodybuilding has exploded due to the internet. The first challenge is sorting the good info from the bad. A good rule of thumb is that if they are trying to sell you some secret formula supplement or training program its bad. You know the ones where they discovered something that will give you all the gains.
I think I have done a pretty decent job of finding good evidence based information on natural bodybuilding. I have compiled a list to help people get that information. Even though this reduces the amount of information out there it’s still an overload of information.
Social Media Overload
There are research reviews, Podcasts, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, Facebook groups, books, and seminars. People spend so much time keeping up on all of this information. This makes sense if this is your career but if your just trying to figure out the best approach for you it might be a bit much?
Do you think people spend to much time focusing on the minor details instead of ensuring they are mastering the basics? Is there such a thing as too much information? If you are working with a coach does being exposed to all these other sources of information help or hurt you?
I guess ultimately we all need to feed our passion in a way that works for us. I know there are pro natural bodybuilders that just do their thing. They don’t use social media or stay up on all the latest research. I also know that there are many amateurs that devour any and all information. As long as what you are doing works for you then all is good. If it’s not you might want to re-evaluate your approach.