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 do not do any good at all and some are even harmful and downright dangerous. So the purpose of this article is to debunk two big myths that so many would-be bodybuilders are still believing in and get you on the right track.
Myth # 1 is the never-ending workout from hell. This is the kind of workout that you see in the pages of a lot of muscle mags where some totally huge bodybuilder guy takes you through this all day project of a workout with set after superset of every conceivable exercise imaginable that you do 5 at least five days a week. The idea is that the more lifting you do, the better results you’re going to get. That must be what it takes to get ripped if the big guy in the pics is doing it. Well, the problem is that this theory is true … if you are taking illegal stereotypes like the guy in the pic probably is. Anabolic steroids cut down 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 and that’s it.
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 not shape a muscle. You can only stimulate it to grow and the workout that does this most effectively is the one that uses heavy weights with fewer reps. Using lighter weights with more reps can feel like it’s working because you feel a burn from the lactic acid that builds up from the exercise. But this only features the muscle and does little to help it grow. The way you get the 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 number 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 find out what your BMR is, you want to consume at least 500 but not more than 1000 calories less than your BMR. You do not want to go on a diet that’s too severe because your body will go into starvation mode and protect itself by lowering your metabolism. Additionally, you may wind up burning off muscle along with the fat.
So there you have it. Two of the biggest fallacies in bodybuilding that keep many aspiring bodybuilders from reaching their fitness goals. Hopefully, this article was helpful to you and gets 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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