Have you noticed that when it comes to bodybuilding, there are a lot of people who blindly follow certain rules? It is good thing to follow the path others have made, but is that always smart thing to do? There are some myths about lifting weights, and I will try to debunk those, for your benefit and overall results. Feel free to immerse yourself in these tips, and to use them. You will be surprised.
Same reps are better
Wrong. Your body will get used to routine quite fast, and sooner than you realize, your results will stop improving. It is wiser to change intensity overall, but what is more important, is that to mix up. Lighter, harder, then cardio, whatever it takes, just to avoid using the same path. Misbalancing and surprising your body is quite useful, so don’t be shy to follow this path. And the saying “That guy from the gym knows…” is something to be strictly avoided. You should ask for a professional trainer.
Absolutely not. There are some people who go extreme, and avoid using meat, eggs and dairy products out of fear that they will go fat, but in fact, they are shortening themselves a vital keystone on the road to success. Proteins gained from meat are literally building material for your muscles. During heavy lifting, your muscles are literally torn apart, and proteins are used as a construction material for restoring them. Carbohydrates are the fuel for your cells, and these are easily acquired from pasta such as spaghetti or similar. But, not all kinds of food should be taken. Deep fried food is unhealthy, for complex fat is hard to break down within your body, and you won’t benefit from those.
Jogging is for girls only
Again, not true. Although being quite light exercise, this type of workout is essential for good results. Your overall stamina will be increased, as well as durability and endurance. You will be able to push harder and lift heavier, providing you have this kind of exercise included. Also, it is great for starters, for in helps getting into shape, and acquiring that first energy boost, which is much needed. Overall, lighter exercises with higher number of repetitions and longer time are quite effective. Follow the old proverb, light for looks, heavy for size, and combine these two to gain what you wish.
Later is lighter
As the program progresses, the exercises are equally hard. Yes, in the beginning, you may find a bit unpleasant to get used to, but if you see that exercises are light, you need to step up the tempo and hardiness. Working out is not easy, don’t be deluded, but if you have an unshakable will to endure the pain, you will be fine. The outcome never fails, but sometimes results are visible just after few weeks, so don’t give up on the first try.
People often neglect this element. Remember that your body is wearing out? Well, your immunity system also suffers, and you are prone to different type of viruses. To prevent this, make sure and double check that you intake vitamins on a regular basis, in order to protect yourself. Also, gyms are places which are visited by a lot of people, so the infection is at quite easy to catch. You don’t wish for a drawback in a form of staying at home for a few weeks, do you? Your work from several weeks back can be wiped out with just one week absence.
I don’t need a doctor
This statement can’t be further from the truth. For everything you plan to start, ask your doctor. While people working at the supply store are quite professional and educated, nothing can substitute regular doctor. If you plan on taking in supplements, take a list and pay doctor a visit. Tell him what you wish to do, and see if there are any dangers. Some supplements are improving blood flow, and if you have certain heart conditions, it may not be good thing for you. Also, doctor is quite familiar with your eventual allergies, for some supplements may have traces of certain substances you are sensitive to, and may propose using something else.
So, with everything in mind, I hope that I managed to persuade you to look after yourself. This is something important, and never postpone these decisions.
Damian Wolf is a passionate writer and big bodybuilding fan. He loves to write about nutrition, myths and news from health & fitness industry.