This is a post I just read. It's pretty funny ! Check it out !
Forget your favourite guru, they're all liars and pathetic men. Charlatans, the lot of them.
People look at Mark Rippetoe as some sort of legend. He's an old fat guy with a beer gut that tries to teach "proper form", yet there are plenty of powerlifters pulling with a rounded back that deadlift a fuckload more than he ever did or any of his athletes ever will. Rippetoes starting strength routine will just induce people into a skinny-fat physique. It's low volume, which doesn't provide enough stimulus for muscle growth, and the weights shifted by beginners using the routine are meaningless. Add to that a gallon of milk and you're skinny fat. You'd be better just "fucking around" or "having fun" with weights. As far as "good" form preventing injury that's bullshit as well, to a certain extent (I'm not going into this in detail here though). He claims to be some kind of "pure" coach, yet is affiliated with CrossFit, which makes me laugh. He gets pissed when people pirate his e-books, which gets on my fucking nerves as well. Anyone selling a book like SS deserves to have it pirated.
If anyone suggests a slight problem with a routine or dietary program Rippetoe immediately tells them to STFU and squat and drink a gallon of whole milk. That'll solve all your problems.
So yeah, Mark Rippetoe can fuck off.
Ross Enamait, another charlatan, god that guy comes out with some shit. Claims he's a busy family man, yet makes time to update his status on facebook three or four times a day (even via a cellphone) and posts 12-15 posts a day on his messageboard, sits answering emails pretty much all day. Claims to work with high level boxers which is indeed true, but we're not talking any gods here. Matt Godfrey is the most famous boxer he's trained (you're all saying "Who?" right?).
His books are nicely presented but I'm afraid a lot of his info is bullshit. He claims to be injury free and suggests building up slowly to prevent injuries. Yeah, nice one Ross. If most people trained as Ross does or even how he suggests they'll probably encounter an injury, unless previously trained. For an untrained male the results would be pretty catastrophic. Hitting tires with sledgehammers and all that kind of crap is completely unnecessary. It seems the more bullshit "ideas" Ross comes up with the more the crowds applaud him.
He claims anyone can gain strength naturally and often discounts genetics which is purely wrong. He's done well naturally due to genetics and as a result, fails to comprehend that someone may have worked just as hard as him yet failed or got injured. He'll cite bad form or going "too hard too soon" which although in some cases is valid, I severely doubt Ross ever went easy in terms of training. He's a genetic freak in terms of injury, having never been injured once since his early twenties, and being a non-deadlifter, pulling 3x bodyweight and having not even a slightly sore back the next day. Genetics. He'd claim it's just hard work and dedication though. This again, is bullshit. It's often hard for genetic successes to accept that someone may not gain due to genetics. Ross is also naive enough to think top level 100m sprinters may not be taking steroids.
There are others but most have already been exposed as money grabbing cocksuckers with bullshit advice, may years ago. These include - Matt Furey, Brooks Kubik, Budd Jeffries, I'm sure you know the crowd. Even Randall J Strossen is a bullshitter, gain 30lbs in 6 weeks with a gallon of milk and 20 rep squats. Sure Randy! You just missed the D-Bol part of that. Pavel Tsatsoulines advice is all geared towards misleading you into buying kettlebells.
T-Nation gets an honourable mention as that site is pure bullshit. There was a recent article where they were claiming experienced bodybuilders were gaining 30lbs of LBM with no bf % increase in 6 weeks, without steroids. Of course the whole thing was a push at a new supplement they've brought out - Anaconda, which is a shite supplement. All of the writers are charlatans.
Get into a good gym where people actually "train" and find some good coaches or experienced lifters. You'll learn a fuckload more, and what actually works. I'll never forget asking a group of powerlifters about diet and one of them just laughing.
All the special equipment like clubbells, kettlebells and so on can be easily home-made for a fraction of the retail price and is mostly ineffective anyway. Access to a barbell, dumbbell handles and plenty of plates is all you need. A bench and a rack is a nice commodity to have and most gyms provide it for you. Aside from that be sure to find a good source for steroids and you'll do just fine.