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Muscle Building – Busting out the Myths
Ever wondered how action stars like Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got so big? Well, they sure didn’t ask a genie in a bottle. People are thrown into a series of myths and stories when it comes to muscle building. Sometimes, there are even people who think that building muscle is an overnight thing. If you lift weights for the first time, you won’t look as buff as Arnold in his prime, but you will be one step closer to getting that physique. If you really want to build muscle, the first thing that you need to do is to stop believing the following myths.
Myth #1 – You need steroids to build muscle: Arnold has never denied the fact that he used steroids when he was competing, nor did other athletes. A 2008 documentary entitled BIGGER STRONGER FASTER focused on the various aspects of steroid usage and how it affected the aesthetics and performance of different athletes. However, when it comes to muscle building, steroids are unnecessary. If you think about it from an automotive perspective, it’s like getting a new muffler for your car. You can build muscle and look good as hell with the right program and diet.
Myth #2 – Women will look bulky if they build muscle: This is probably one of the most dominant myths that stop women from lifting heavy. They think that they’d look like Arnold with breasts and a female reproductive organ. Again, this kind of physique can be attributed to the use of steroids. If women lift heavy and clean, they build muscle but they don’t bulk like men. This is because they don’t have the hormones to promote growth (testosterone), and they’d need to take steroids if they want to bulk up. Women who build muscle will look lean and firm.
Myth #3 – High weights at low reps will not build muscle: Again, a dominant myth. Casual gym goers never value strength programs because they think it would make them look bulky. Power lifters may look flabby, but in reality, they have packed on more muscle (and functional) mass compared to bodybuilders. If you lift heavy, you develop strength and it forces your limbs to use muscles that are not usually used with low weights. This would lead to more strength and more muscle mass developed. Try it.
Muscle building takes a lot of hard work, and listening to myths and stories will hinder you from getting big. Take the time to listen to the veterans at the gym and ask the right questions. You’ll be able to learn a lot from them.