Unfortunately, body building and myths go hand-in-hand. If you’re new to the sport, then chances are you’ve probably read or been told quite a few of them. Here are the 10 biggest myths in body building, to help you be able to distinguish fact from fiction!
Train Until Failure
No other sport that requires an elite level of fitness employs this bizarre method. Lifting until you physically fail to be able to do even one more rep is not doing you any favours – by all means push yourself to lift bigger every time you train, but don’t waste your time by over-stressing your body. You’ll ultimately progress faster if you train smarter, not harder.
Pump Promotes Growth
Thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger famously comparing muscle pump to sex, many aspiring body builders will train in the search for the ultimate pump. The truth is, while it looks awesome and feels great, it is nothing more than a backlog of blood building up in your muscles, making them appear engorged. It doesn’t promote bigger growth, or feed your muscles with extra nutrients, so there’s no point in spending all your money on specialized supplements trying to chase the ultimate pump.
You Must Keep Your Muscles Confused
It’s almost as crazy as it sounds! While it may appear to make sense that ‘shocking’ your muscles with a change in your routine will promote growth, it simply does not work that way. Your muscles do not have personalities, and randomly deciding to change which day you train your legs is not going to make them go into a muscle-building overdrive. You’d be far better off to stick to a well-constructed training plan, and simply increase the weight that you’re lifting when you start to plateau.
Don’t Eat The Yolk!
The practice of only eating egg whites comes from the notion that the yolk contains cholesterol and should be avoided. With a healthy diet and lifestyle, the cholesterol in an egg yolk has no negative effects, and the essential vitamins and minerals it contains will help your body perform at its peak.
Low Reps Equal Size, High Reps Are For Cutting
You will not get big simply by lifting low reps of super heavy weights, and you will not suddenly become lean by doing high reps of lower weights. Your muscles respond to workload: if they are constantly challenged, they will grow bigger. If they aren’t working as hard, they will diminish.
Sit-Up Your Way To A Six Pack
Unless you have your body fat percentage in the single digits, you can do sit ups all day every day and still see no abs. The reason? Simply put, you may already have a six pack, but it’s hiding under that last layer of abdominal fat. If you want to see your sexy six pack, you’ll need to lose the fat first.
Creatine Is A Steroid
Creatine is a naturally occurring substance which promotes muscle hydration, and consists of three important amino acids: Glycine, Arginine and Methionine. It is in no way a steroid.
The More You Train, The More You’ll Gain
This is possibly one of the most damaging body building myths. Your body needs rest and recovery as well as the right diet to perform at its best and produce great muscle gain. Over-training is one of the worst things you can do to your body while trying to bulk up. Your body needs time to heal, and intense training every day will never allow this to happen.
Magazines Know Best
While magazines can be a great source of ideas and inspiration, just remember that they have a hidden agenda. They want you to buy their sponsors products, and will recommend just about any supplement on the market if it will boost sales.
Follow A Famous Workout
Just because it works for Mister Olympia doesn’t mean it will work for you. Everyone’s body has different strengths and weaknesses. To get the best results, you must tailor an eating plan and workout schedule that suits your needs.
With these common body building myths debunked, you can get under-way with your training without wasting your time on fallacies and fraudulent tips. Always do your research when it comes to creating the best training and diet plan for your needs, and don’t believe everything you hear in the locker room!