Is buying a program a must? Not at all.
I personally didn't buy a program and I still shredded 60 pounds of fat and gained more than 40 pounds of muscle mass.
However, before I got these results, I spent 2 years following free bodybuilding advice online and doing all the wrong things:
- Training with heavy weights.
- Eating a high protein and low carb diet.
- Doing a lot of cardio.
During these 2 years, I did all the things mentioned above.
I did heavy squats, bench presses and deadlifts 3 times per week and in just my first year of training, I added a total of 500 pounds to my deadlift, bench press and squat.
I also followed a high protein diet and supplemented with whey protein powder.
Needless to say, doing these things didn’t work for me.
Here’s a photo showing my first 2 years of “training progress”: