The Top 5 Ways Bodybuilding/Strength Myths Come About – Avoid Them
How Do Myths Get Started
Muscle building or strengthening ‘Myths’ are plentiful in the world of bodybuilding, power-lifting, and even weightlifting. They appear almost from out of the air, where they are first accepted as mere information, but as time goes by, and they get past around, they take on a life of their own… they become gospel. Many, find it difficult to recall their original source, regardless of whether they are beginners, or advanced trainers.
I can understand this behaviour from beginners who are easily fooled by what others say, but surely the longer one is in the iron game you should apply the experience, wisdom, suspicion, you’ve gained over time to investigate all that comes your way… but this isn’t what you find.
At the very least, and a no-brainier, you should do your best to find out ‘Where’ this information originated, and of course by ‘Whom’, because your very progress depends upon it.
Gaining any real muscle size, or strength, is hard enough, without spending time doing some fanciful exercise that has no real origins, history, or guarantees.
Below are 5 main sources that rely on myths to increase their popularity…
1. Magazines: editors have a duty to increase their magazine sales, in order to achieve their goals, offer their subscribers new routines and exercises each month, but many have no real foundation and very often, oppose what they wrote the month before.
2. The “Wow What a Boost” Syndrome: this myth affects ‘how’ we view supplements, exercise and routines… “This exercise as never done anything for me, but this one really does work”.”This supplement really gave me an energy boost“. “I have gained more pounds (strength), with this program”. Every bodybuilder, weightlifter, or fitness trainee, are individuals, and one of the biggest mistakes that people make in the gym is to follow others. You should train using the basic exercises and only move to advanced exercises when you have made progress. And train to fit your body-type requirements, not others. What’s good for me…isn’t necessarily good for you.
3. The “Big Guy, Strong Guy” Syndrome: instead of being told that they got bigger/or stronger, because of the years of hard training, good genetics, or drug use, they sprout some tale about ‘How’ scientific their routines are, followed by a piece of insignificant advice.
4. Supplement Companies: In order to give their customers exactly what they want, and get ahead of their competition, they sell supplements with lower levels of ingredients, to keep down their manufacturing costs. Neither do they offer any real scientific evidence, or studies.
5. Gym Equipment: Rarely will you find a machine, or a piece of equipment correctly designed to enhance any real bio-mechanics specifications that will help boost performance or muscle growth gains. They concentrate on flashy designs, bells and whistles, or huge pieces of overbuilt expensive whatever’s to sell their equipment. Their machines very often look good, supported by some scientific dribble, they look as if they can do the job, but in reality they could never contribute to any real gains.
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