There are lots of bodybuilding myths around today that won’t go away. It’s time to banish these muscle building untruths and start building muscle fast. This article will hopefully put these myths to rest, starting with one of the most annoying.
Your muscles will turn to fat when you finish training
This is one of the most common bodybuilding myths and also one of the most untrue. Your body cannot ‘convert’ muscle tissue to fat tissue. When someone puts on weight after they stop working out it is usually due to inactivity and over eating; This is not exactly a secret. But for some reason this rumour started that it was muscle that turned to fat. One common cause for this illusion is that when people stop working out they burn far less calories than they used to, but still keep eating the same. Therefore they are taking in too many calories but not burning as many so naturally put on weight.
Bodybuilders Just Look Strong
This muscle myth comes from a very small truism especially when comparing bodybuilding and power lifting. It is true that some power lifters may not be as big or ‘toned’ as bodybuilders (which gives the impression of greater muscle size). But this is like comparing apples and oranges. Bodybuilders are usually very strong and certainly a lot stronger than the average person. Sadly this myth seems to come from people looking to make themselves feel better, by dismissing someone else’s efforts.
Anyone Can Get ‘That’ Size By Taking Steroids
For the purposes of this article we will not delve into the effectiveness of steroids. Yes they can and do work. They will certainly greatly improve your results and surpass your genetic potential. However to say you could get to the same size as a pro bodybuilder is a mistake.
What many people don’t realise is that many top bodybuilders were hugely bigger than average before taking any drugs. They have the natural genetics to build muscle. Exactly like top class sprinters are much faster than the average person. Granted the steroids help pro bodybuilders get to gigantic size. Average people with average genetics could never reach that size no matter how many drugs they took.
I Don’t Want To Get To Big
Anyone who has spent any considerable time lifting weights knows that the above title is a complete lie. It takes a lot of hard work to put even a small amount of muscle on. The previous myth probably fueled this myth; People see the the bodybuilders in the media and think that they will become that size if they start working out.
You probably won’t even get a quarter of the muscle mass pro bodybuilders have. Even if you do have amazing muscle building genetics; you will not wake up one day huge. Muscle building is a slow and steady process and you are in complete control at every stage.
Hopefully now you will ignore these myths when someone tries to tell you them and start getting into the gym to try and start building muscle fast. You will probably also realise that building muscle is a lot harder than previously thought.
It is important to diversify your routine and find the right workouts to suit your body type and routine.