When you’re new to the body-building scene it’s doubtless that you’ve been offered advice on just about every aspect of body-building. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is best, most effective, and proper. However, if you’ve been to a gym lately you’ve seen that although they “know” what is best, they don’t look anything close to Cutler or Coleman. In this article we are going to try and dissect 15 of the most common body-building myths in general, but mostly for beginners.
Professional Bodybuilders Know What is Best
They have freakish builds with a combination of immense size and extreme vascularity. Unfortunately for the rest of us, this is more the byproduct of gifted genetics and steroids than the discovery of the Ultimate Workout Program. The truth is the workouts of the pros should be left to the pros (along with steroid use). It would help instead to listen to the advice of people with actual credentials. It all depends on what your goals are, and if steroid use is your thing then this article most likely wont be.
Creatine is a Steroid
Tell a lot of people you use creatine and they’ll get a serious look on their face and warn you about how dangerous it is. Totally disregarded is the fact that creatine is a naturally occurring substance, produced by their own bodies and found in meat. The simple fact is, creatine is not a steroid. But always use the recommended dosage or whatever your body tolerance becomes, I know some products using the recommended the body gets adjusted pretty fast.
Instinctive Training is the Way to Go
Instincts are great in many of places, the football field, the car, etc… However using an instinctual approach to weightlifting will most likely cause less than optimum results. To achieve optimum results requires a strict diet and if good diets were instinctual, weight wouldn’t be the issue it is today. A scientific approach to bodybuilding will promote optimal gains. Have a plan and stick to it!
A ‘Pump’ is the Sign of a Good Workout
Everyone likes the feeling of a good post-workout pump. Your muscles feel bigger and look bigger (one of the reasons you started working out in the first place) but does this mean you just had a good workout? The answer is NO, as a good pump is not necessarily indicative of an effective workout. To prove this to yourself, go pick up a weight you feel is light and curl it for 30 minutes. Feel that blood rushing to your biceps? Nothing more to say here. Next
Couple Beers on Friday don’t Hurt
Alcohol has an incredible impact on your body, especially its ability to build muscle. Consumption of alcohol lowers your testosterone (in men) and causes severe dehydration. If you’re going to be serious it’s best to just leave drinking behind. If that’s not possible then try to keep the drinks to a minimum and drink as much water as possible.
I Can’t Gain Muscle, my Body-type isn’t Meant for Body-building
Regardless of your body-type it is still possible to gain muscle. To pack that muscle on your ectomorph frame requires a high caloric intake and dedicated lifting. If you have excess amount of nutrients available to build muscles and stress your muscles by lifting heavy you will build muscle.
I Can Target an Area to Reduce Fat
Even though infomercials would like to have you believe it, there is no way to eliminate fat from one particular part of your body. To see those abs that you’ve working on you need to lower your overall body fat percentage. Try watching your diet more vigorously and doing some more cardio.
Do a thousand sit-ups a day for Six Pack Abs
Nope! Need to lower the overall body fat or you’ll never get the six pack you crave. You can do million sit up, most likely you’ll get back problems before a six pack.
Certain Exercises Target Certain Parts of a Muscle
Most people laugh this off, but if you’re a beginner you should know that main determinant in the shape of a particular muscle is genetics. It isn’t possible to develop outstanding peaks on your biceps if your genetics won’t allow it. So if you hear somebody give you advice on this I recommend the old method of”in one ear out the other”.
I Eat and Lift a lot but I’m Still not Gaining Weight.
You aren’t eating enough. Try adding 500 more calories into your diet each week until you start seeing gains. If you’re trying to maximize gains then don’t be afraid to put on a little fat, but keep your diet strict to minimize fat gain. Quick way to replace a meal and get your nutrition is with weight gainer supplements.
Doing too much Pec Work will cause Gyno
Haha that’s just crazy talk, I don’t know who started this one but wow. Working out your pecs will cause muscle growth. You aren’t going to be growing any feminine boobs from the bench press. So keep lifting and get stronger, benching is a staple of bodybuilding.
Supplement Labels Don’t Lie
Yes they do! If a supplement seems to be making outrageous claims then it probably is. Supplements give you support they don’t make you superhuman as the companies will have you believe. You’re not going to bench 225lb one day then take a supplement and bench 315 tomorrow. It’s hard work ,dedication and diet that will get you there.
Supplements are Required
There are several things required in bodybuilding; a strong work ethic, dedication, and a will to push your body past its normal limits. However, supplements are not required. As proof, go check out some of the older bodybuilders. Supplements can be helpful in making gains but in the end the gains are made through hard work and not some chemical formula (of course if you’re on steroids you’re going to get huge lifting just about anything, probably even your fork to your face). Like I said before supplements are just one part of the modern body training formula, not a miracle solution.
I must lift everyday to Experience Gains
Lifting everyday is not required for anyone. In fact, in many cases lifting everyday will cause overtraining. Overtraining will lead to an injury will lead to an injury which will keep you from lifting at all. Go ahead, lift everyday, I dare you. Seriously though, many people are successful lifting everyday and many are successful lifting 3 times a week. What works best for you might not work the best for someone else. Figure out your routine, don’t focus on what you see on tv, or you tube. Especially you beginners out there.
If it is in an Article it must be True
Not all articles are legit, you want to do as much research as possible. Forums are a good way to go because you will find many people in the same boat. If you can learn about something before you make a mistake is a huge plus and will provide a boost to your overall goals.