There are several bodybuilding myths that bodybuilding enthusiasts, especially beginners have in their minds. Bodybuilding myths are very common, and thus debunking bodybuilding myths becomes even more important.
Though new bodybuilding myths are formed, heard and busted every now and then, let’s have a look at some very common bodybuilding myths.
5 Bodybuilding Myths Debunked
I have heard this exercise is the best
Oh God! You have no idea how wrong you are if you have this notion of coming up with favorite exercises that are the best. There is no such thing like that. Every exercise has its importance. A flat Bench Press works for entire chest are, an Incline Bench Press targets the upper chest area, whereas an Incline Fly helps you make the chest wider. Now you cannot pick a so called best exercise out of these because each of them has a specific target area and thus yield desired results accordingly. So, the next time you hear about an exercise being best, think twice before you adhere to such advice. Also, results of a workout depend on other factors such as your body type and current exercise goals.
No Pain… No Gain
This is probably the most common motivational quote that is an epitome of inspiration. And in fact it is truly inspiring and can help you achieve positive results too, but only if you take it in its metaphorical motivational sense. For example, you want to get six pack abs but are refraining from trying some difficult exercises because of low willpower or fear of pain. In this case, if you take the no pain no gain concept metaphorically, it has the power to inspire you to do your best and not fear. However, if you take this literally, then it’s nothing more than a myth. In this case, you might think that you won’t get desired results unless your body goes sore and unless you feel the pain. So, in this case, your target focus gets shifted from achieving results to experiencing pain to prove the no pain no gain concept. This is certainly wrong and you might end up getting an injury as well.
To be like a bodybuilder, I need to train like a bodybuilder
“Wow, now that’s what you call an amazing body. This bodybuilder is my idol. I want to be just like him. Let me find out how he trains and then I will be like him by training like he does.”
How many of you think or have ever thought like this?
If you did, don’t worry, because you are not alone. Many people think like this. Though it’s a true motivation to be inspired by bodybuilding legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger but it’s a different thing to be inspired and different thing to train exactly like he does. This then becomes a bodybuilding myth that you need to train like a particular bodybuilder to be like him. You need to understand that every individual has their own body shape, strength, requirements, physical abilities & limitations, supplement needs and body type etc. Therefore, you can certainly idolize a bodybuilder for inspiration and build a fab body but it’s not necessary that his training style or diet plan will work for you as well. You would need to consult a good fitness trainer and get a workout plan to suit your body and needs.
Higher Reps = Ripped Muscles
It is the muscles we are talking about and not maths that there is a fixed formula called ‘low weight ‘n’ higher reps’ to get ripped muscles. There are many other factors that play an important role in getting a ripped body like an athlete or a surfer. For example, do you think that if you have no discipline in your diet or if your diet is designed for bulk, then you can get a ripped body by lifting lower weights and doing higher repetitions? If you believe this, you living in a wonderland because this is a bodybuilding myth and nothing more. Progression in proper muscle building is a process that happens over a period of time with a diet and workout designed for the same. A good number of repetitions alone cannot help you with achieving your bodybuilding goals.
Creatine is a steroid and Creatine makes you fat.
Creatine myths are common. But it’s time you see these creatine myths busted.
Calling creatine a steroid is a myth. Creatine is not a steroid. In fact, Creatine is a natural substance produced from amino acids of the human body. So, just because Creatine helps you increase muscle size, does not mean it’s a steroid. Creatine is also helpful in boosting athletic performance.
Also, Creatine does not make you fat. In fact, Creatine can help you gain lean mass and Creatine has no impact whatsoever with fact metabolism. Creatine does pull and hold water but that happens inside the muscle cells of the body, not under your skin. So, next time you notice a body fat increase, please check your diet and do not blame this on Creatine.
So, next time you hear something about a workout or exercise or a supplement, just don’t believe it blindfolded. Consult a fitness trainer or a certified health expert first.