When you think about body building, there will be many images that flow through your mind. Many of these images will be fueled by what you read and see. Unfortunately, there are many myths that surround bodybuilding.
Many of the myths are harmless fads that come and go as with any popular sport. But there are some myths that are actually harmful and can hinder your achievement of a great body and good muscle build up.
Myth #1 – Train Like the Professional Body Builder
This is a seductive theory. Most of it is built around our natural instinct to hero-worship those we admire. Then, the magazines and unscrupulous marketers take advantage of this by fanning the flames of misconception.
Professional bodybuilders have a very intensive, specialized training program that is customized just for them. They are usually supervised by professional trainers have nutritionists to advise them on their nutrition and supplement program.
If you and I, average people, try to copy their program, think about the amount of damage our bodies can take. It will be almost like suicide for us to even attempt to follow their 5 – 7 day split programs, 5 exercises per muscle and 24 set routines. Without proper supervision and taking necessary supplements, trying to follow such programs can result in injury, over-training and even illness.
Myth #2 – The Muscle Pump
This is a popular myth, simply because it is so easy to demonstrate that it is “true”. The muscle pump is the process of putting your muscles under an extended period of constant tension. Now, as your muscles stretch and contract, blood is “pumped” into them which makes them feel fuller, tighter and eventually, look bigger.
Doing 100 reps with a light weight will certainly create a huge bump and you mistakenly think that this means that your muscle has grown. This is not how muscle growth works.
When you pump the muscles, blood is trapped in there. There is no new blood flowing, no nutrition going to the muscles. How does that help muscles to grow?
Muscles grow when you lift heavy weights. A natural pump occurs when you are working your muscles right. But it is not a measure of how much your muscles have grown.
Myth #3 – Train Until Failure
This simply means that you must train until the point where you are not able to repeat that action. For example, doing one more rep of your bicep curl until you cannot do a single rep more. That is where you “fail”.
So stop believing in those myths about body building and continue putting in effort to build those muscles.