Should you play by the rules? Legal rules, absolutely. Societal rules, it depends. Self-imposed rules, never!!! Not if you want to be successful. You aren't everyone else. You are you! Do your own thing and forget everyone's rules. Do what works for you! Some of the greatest bodybuilders in the world did their own thing and it worked. Forget the critics and start training to be the best you can be despite what "THEY" say!