Monday, November 12, 2012
10 Muscle Gain Myths
When it comes to muscle gain and body building, there are tons of myths that are too believable to not try. To save you from experimenting on them, here are 10 muscle gain myths that you should know:
Myth 1: You must lift everyday
You don’t have to lift everyday for muscle gain. In many cases, it will cause overtraining, which can lean to an injury.
Myth 2: Creatine is a steroid
Creatine is a naturally occurring substance, produced by their own bodies and found in meat. It is not a steroid.
Myth 3: A few bottles of beer every Friday won’t hurt
Consumption of alcohol lowers testosterone in men and causes severe dehydration. If you're serious with your personal training, it's best to just leave drinking behind. If not possible, then try to keep the drinks to a minimum and drink as much water as possible.
Myth 4: Instinctive training is the best
An instinctual approach to weight lifting will most likely cause less than optimum results. Go for a scientific approach to bodybuilding instead with your personal trainer to promote optimal gains.
Myth 5: A 'pump' is the sign of a good workout
A good pump is not necessarily indicative of an effective workout.
Myth 6: Do a thousand sit-ups a day for washboard abs
If you can't see your abdominal muscles even if you've been working on them, the problem is with your overall body fat percentage.
Myth 7: You can target an area to reduce fat
There is no way to eliminate fat from one particular part of your body. For abdominal muscles, you need to lower your overall body fat percentage. Watch your diet more vigorously and do some more cardio.
Myth 8: Certain exercises target certain parts of a muscle
The main determinant in the shape of a particular muscle is genetics. It isn't possible to develop outstanding peaks on your biceps if your genetics won't allow it.
Myth 9: My body-type isn't meant for body-building, I can't gain muscle
Regardless of your body-type it is still possible to gain muscle.
Myth 10: When you stop exercising, your muscles turn to fat.
Muscle and fat are totally different types of tissue. But lack of exercise does make the muscles shrink, reducing the body's calorie-burning rate. The lack of activity itself further reduces the number of calories you burn. Just cut back on the calories you consume.