“Placebo effect on muscular strength gains”
A classic 1972 study conducted by Ariel and Saville collected baseline maximal strength data from trained athletes on four tasks: bench press, military press, seated press and squat. The study consisted of 2 stages.
15 male athletes completed a 7 week strength training program. While strength gains were recorded, they were generally small.
The same participants completed a similar strength training program, but this stage only lasted 4weeks instead of 7. The major difference between the 2 stages is that in this 4 week stage, some of the men took placebos that they believed to be steroids.
SIGNIFICANTLY GREATER gains in strength occurred during the shorter 2nd stage duration of 4 weeks and were only shown in the men that thought they were being given steroids.
For example, the bench press gain was around 10-15 kg. This is a gain of 22-33 lbs, in a little less than one month!
The point to remember is that the participants in this classic study increased their strength gains due to one main reason:
They strongly believed it would happen
We all know that eating a healthy diet, commitment, hard work, adequate sleep, etc is vital for any training program, however, having a positive attitude can attribute to your goals just as much.
As a side note, establish and focus realistic goals towards you and you only. Often times we find inspiration in other people’s successes, and this is great, but keep in mind, genetically, everyone is different… do not allow comparison to drive you mad and frustrate you to the point that you no longer believe in yourself.
“YOU CAAAN DO IT!”