In the quest to get that elusive bodybuilder look, guys and some girls will try just about any workout that’s out there. They often go from one routine to another without seeing any real results at all. The problem is that many of these fad workouts don’t do any good at all and some are even harmful and downright dangerous. So the goal of this article is to expose two big myths that so many aspiring bodybuilders are still believing in and get you on to the right track.
Myth #1 is the never-ending workout from hell. This is the kind of workout that you see in a lot of muscle mags where some totally huge bodybuilder guy takes you through this all day project of a workout with set after super set of every conceivable exercise imaginable that you do 5 at least five days a week. The idea is that the longer you spend in the gym, the better results you’re going to get. That must be what it takes to get shredded if the big guy in the pics is doing it. Actually, the problem is that this theory is true . . . if you are taking illegal steroids like the guy in the pic probably is. Anabolic steroids greatly reduce the recovery time necessary for the muscle fibers to grow back. So when you are taking these drugs, you can afford to spend 8-hours in the gym and get the results. But if you’re not, this workout will only help break your body down. At the very most, you should be in the gym no more than an hour and a half max.
Myth #2 is that in order to bulk up, you lift heavier weights with fewer reps and you use lighter weights with more reps get you more defined. This is absurd. You can’t shape a muscle. You can only stimulate it to grow and the workout that most effectively accomplishes this is the one that uses heavy weights with fewer reps. Lifting lighter weights with more reps can feel like it’s effective because you feel a burn from the lactic acid that builds up from the exercise. But this only fatigues the muscle and does little to help it grow. The way you get definition is by losing the fat that is covering the muscle and you do this with a combination of taking in fewer calories than you burn. The first thing you want to determine is what your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is. This is the amount of calories your body burns at rest. There is a free easy-to-use BMR calculator on the left hand column of my website. Just click on one of the links in the resource below to check it out. Once you determine what your BMR is, you want to take in at least 500 but not more than 1000 calories less than your BMR. You don’t want to go on a diet that is too brutal because your body will go into starvation mode and protect itself by lowering your metabolism. In addition, you may end up losing muscle along with the fat.
So there you have it. Two of the biggest bozo theories in bodybuilding that keep many would-be bodybuilders from reaching their fitness goals. I hope this article was helpful to you and puts you on the right track. Again, to check your BMR and get more information on how to get ripped fast, Just click on one of the links in the resource below. Until then, good luck with your training.
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