Myths About Weight Training
By sfighery2k at Natural
Bodybuilding and Weight Training Myths
1 -- You can get as big as a pro bodybuilder. without taking steroids;
it just takes longer.
Despite what many of the
magazines say, all professional bodybuilders use either steroids or steroids
in combination with other growth-enhancing drugs. Without manipulating
hormones, it just isn't possible to get that degree of muscularity, the
paper-thin skin, and the continuing ability to pack on mass, despite sometimes
having poor workout habits and relative ignorance of the principles involved
that many pro bodybuilders have. Many supplement distributors, in order
to sell their products, would have you believe otherwise.
Still, that's no reason
to give up. By using state-of-the-art training principles, consuming a
nutrient-rich diet, and by getting proper amounts of rest, almost every
person can make incredible changes in his or her physique. The competitive
bodybuilder circuit may not be in your future, but building the kind of
physique that gains you respect is certainly achievable, as are self-respect
and robust health.
3 -- If you eat a low-fat
diet, it doesn't matter how many calories you take in, you won't gain any
The bottom line is, if you
exceed your energy requirements, you'll gradually get fatter and fatter.
It's true that eating a diet rich in fat will pack on the pounds quicker
for a variety of reasons, the most significant being that a gram of fat
has nine calories as opposed to the four calories per gram that carbohydrates
and proteins carry. Fat is also metabolized differently in the body. It
takes a lesser amount of calories to assimilate the energy in ingested
fat than it does to assimilate an equal (weight wise) amount of carbohydrates.
Consequently, more fat calories get stored than carbohydrate calories.
However, the gross intake of carbohydrates, as facilitated by many of the
weight-gain powders, will make you fat very quickly.
4 -- The more you work out,
the more you'll grow.
No, no no. This is one of
the most damaging myths that ever reared its ugly head. 95% of the pros
will tell you that the biggest bodybuilding mistake they ever made was
to over-train--and this happened even when they were taking steroids. Imagine
how easy it is for the natural athlete to overtrain! When you train your
muscles too often for them to heal, the end-result is zero growth and perhaps
even losses. Working out every day, if you're truly using the proper amount
of intensity, will lead to gross overtraining. A body part, worked properly,
ie. worked to complete, total muscular failure that recruited as many muscle
fibers as physiologically possible, can take 5-10 days to heal.
To take it a step further,
even working a different body part in the next few days might constitute
overtraining. If you truly work your quads to absolute fiber-tearing failure,
doing another power workout the next day that entails heavy bench-presses
or deadlifts is going to, in all probability, inhibit gains. After a serious
leg workout, your whole system mobilizes to heal and recover from the blow
you've dealt it. How, then, can the body be expected to heal from an equally
brutal workout the next day? It can't, at least not without using some
drugs to help deal with the catabolic processes going on in your body [and
even they're usually not enough .]
Learn to accept rest as
a valuable part of your workout. You should probably spend as many days
out of the gym as you do in it.
5 -- The longer you work
out, the better.
It just isn't necessary
to do 20-30 sets for a body part, or even 10 sets like many 'experts' would
have you believe. In fact, research has shown that it's possible to completely
fatigue a muscle in one set, provided that that set taxes a muscle completely,
ie. incorporates as many muscle fibers as possible and takes them to the
point of ischemic rigour where, rather than contract and relax, the muscle
fibers freeze up, sort of like a microscopic version of rigor mortis. Any
further contraction causes microscopic tearing. Hypertrophy is just one
adaption to this kind of stress and it's naturally the kind most bodybuilders
are interested in.
This kind of intensity can
usually be achieved by doing drop or break-down sets where you rep out,
lower the weight, and continue doing reps until you either can't do another
rep or you've run out of weight. It can also be achieved by doing your
maximum number of reps on a particular exercise: by a combination of will,
tenacity, and short rest periods, you complete ten more reps. You achieve
the short rest periods by locking out the weight-bearing joint in question
without putting the weight down. In other words, completely surpass your
normal pain and energy thresholds.
If you can truly work your
muscle to the point described, it will afford you little, if any, benefit
to do another set (Westcott, 1986). The exception would be the body parts
that are so big that they have distinct geographical areas, like the back,
which obviously has an upper, middle and lower part. The chest might also
fall into this category, as it has a distinct upper and lower part, each
with different insertion points.
6 -- You don't have to be
strong to be big
For a variety of reasons,
people, even those with an equal amount of muscle mass, vary in strength
enormously. It might have something to do with fast-twitch/slow-twitch
muscle ratios, or it might have something to do with the efficiency of
nerve pathways or even limb length and the resultant torque. But it is
still a relative term. To get bigger muscles, you have to lift heavier
weight, and you, not the guy next door, have to become stronger -- stronger
than you were. Increasing muscle strength in the natural athlete, except
in a very few, rare instances, requires that the tension applied to muscle
fibers be high. If the tension applied to muscle fibers are light, maximal
growth will not occur (Lieber, 1992).
7 -- The training programmes
that work best for pro bodybuilders are best for everyone.
You see it happen every
day in gyms across the country. Some bodybuilding neophyte will walk up
to a guy who looks like he's an escaped attraction from Jurassic park and
ask him how he trains. The biggest guy in the gym likely got that way from
either taking a tremendous amount of drugs and/or by being genetically
pre-dispositioned to get big. Follow a horse home and you'll find horse
parents. The guy in your gym who is best bodybuilder is the guy who has
made the most progress and done the most to his physique using natural
techniques. He may still be a pencil neck, but he may have put on 40 pounds
[19kg] of lean body mass to get where he is, and that, in all probability,
took some know-how. That person probably doesn't overtrain, keeps his sets
down to a minimum, and uses great form and concentration on the eccentric
(negative) portion of each exercise repetition.
Many pros spend hours and
hours doing innumerable sets--so many it would far surpass the average
person's recuperative abilities. If average people followed the routines
of average pro bodybuilders, they would, in effect, start to whittle down
what muscle mass they did have or, at best, make only a tiny bit of progress
after a couple of years.
8 -- You can't build muscle
on a sub-maintenance calorie intake diet.
It may be a little harder,
and it may require a little bit more know-how and a little bit more conscientious
effort, but it can be done. The fact is, the obese state in humans and
animals is not universally correlated with absolute levels of caloric intake
and neither is the accrual of lean body mass. The ability to realize changes
in lean/fat ratios is regulated by components of the automatic nervous
system working in concert with several endocrine hormones; this is called
nutrient partitioning. For example, certain beta-agonist drugs like Clenbuterol
increase meat production in cattle over 30% while simultaneously diminishing
bodyfat without increasing the amount or composition of their feed. Other
drugs, including growth hormone, certain oestrogens, cortisol, ephedrine,
and IGF-1 are all examples of re-partitioning agents. All increase oxygen
consumption at the expense of fat storage--independent of energy intake!
Drugs are not the only way
to do this, however. It's true that a significant component of this mechanism
is genetically linked, but specific nutrients, in specific amounts, when
combined with an effective training programme, can markedly improve the
lean/fat ratio of adult humans. MET-Rx is one such nutrient re-partitioning
agent, and several companies are trying to duplicate its successes [warning:
one of the authors of this article has a significant financial stake in
Substrate Technologies, the makers of MET-Rx].
9 -- You can't grow if you
only work each body part once a week.
If you work out -- work
out intensely-- then it can take 5-10 days for the muscles to heal. Although
the following should be taken with a grain of salt when determining your
own exercise frequency, a study in the May 1993 issue of the Journal of
Physiology revealed it can take weeks for muscles to recuperate from an
intense workout. The study involved a group of men and women who had worked
their forearms to the max. All of the subjects said they were sore two
days after exercising, and the soreness was gone by the seventh day, and
the swelling was gone by the ninth day. After six weeks, the subjects had
only gained back half the strength they had before the original exercise!
By no means are we advocating that you wait two months between workouts,
but we are trying to prove the point that it takes muscles longer to heal
than what you might have previously thought. For some people, especially
natural bodybuilders, waiting a week between body part workouts might be
just what the doctor ordered for size and strength gains!
10 -- You can't make gains
if you only train with weights three days a week.
Although you probably couldn't
find a single steroid-assisted athlete who trains only three days a week
[well, I was, and I made fantastic gains!], there's absolutely no reason
why a three-day-a-week routine couldn't work for many natural athletes.
As long as your routine attacked the whole body and you worked to failure
on each set, you could easily experience great gains on this sort of routine.
However, you need to pay even more attention to your diet if you only train
three days a week, especially if your job involves little or no physical
activity, and you like to spend your idle time eating. Ignore those who
say three-day-a-week bodybuilders are only 'recreational lifters'. Think
quality and not quantity.
11 -- You should only rest
45 seconds in between sets.
That's true if you're trying
to improve cardiovascular health or lose some bodyfat. But in order to
build muscle, you need to allow enough time for the muscle to recuperate
fully (ie. let the lactic acid buildup in your muscles dissipate and ATP
levels build back up). In order to make muscles grow, you have to lift
the heaviest weight possible, thereby allowing the maximum number of muscle
fibers to be recruited. If the amount of weight you lift is being limited
by the amount of lactic acid left over from the previous set, you're only
testing your ability to battle the effects of lactic acid. In other words,
you're trying to swim across a pool while wearing concrete overshoes. When
training heavy, take [at least!] two and three minutes between your sets.
Notice I said, "when training heavy." The truth is, you can't
train heavy all the time. Periodization calls for cycling heavy workouts
with less intense training sessions in an effort to keep the body from
becoming overtrained. (See 'Periodization' by Brad Jeffreys on p. 85 of
the Feb/March 1993 issue of MM2K)
12 -- You have to use fancy
weightlifting equipment in order to make the best gains.
machinery designed to give your muscles the 'ultimate workout' is typically
less effective than good-old barbells and dumbbells. Using simple free
weights (barbells and dumbbells) on basic multi-joint exercises, like the
squat, bench press, shoulder press, and deadlift, is still the most effective
means of resistance exercise ever invented. Scientific research has shown
that many exercise machines lack the proper eccentric component of an exercise
that's necessary to stimulate muscle tissue to remodel (grow). (See the
article titled 'Research Confirms that Bodybuilders Should Pay Heavy Attention
to Negative Reps' by Bill Phillips on p.18 of the Feb/March issue of MM2K)
13 -- Weight training makes
you big; aerobic exercise cuts you up.
Manipulations in your nutrient
intake are the main factor in getting cut up, and how you do it doesn't
matter. If your daily caloric expenditure exceeds your daily caloric intake
on a consistent basis, you will lose fat and get more cut.
Aerobic exercise is generally
meant to improve cardiovascular efficiency, but if you do it long enough,
you will burn up calories and in the long run drop the fat. However, weightlifting
can do the same thing, only better. Studies have shown that the body burns
far more efficiently if exercise is performed at a moderate pace for periods
longer than 20 minutes. (It generally takes that long for the glucose in
the bloodstream to be 'burned up', causing the body to dip into glycogen
reserves for its energy) Once the glycogen reserves are used up, the body
must metabolize fatty acids for energy. That equate to lost bodyfat.
In the long run, bodybuilding
is more efficient than aerobics for burning up calories. Let me explain--if
researchers were to undertake a study of twins whereby one twin performed
daily aerobics and the other practiced a bodybuilding programme where the
end result was increased lean body mass, the bodybuilding twin would ultimately
be a more efficient fat burner than his aerobic twin. Why? Well, by adding
lean body mass, that person's metabolic requirements are higher--muscle
uses energy even while it is not being used. The aerobic twin might use
more calories during the time period of exercise itself, but the weight-lifting
twin would use a higher amount during rest time, leading to a higher net
24-hour expenditure. The weight lifter burns fat just sitting there.
14 -- You can completely
reshape a muscle by doing isolation exercises.
You can't limit growth to
only one area of a muscle. Larry Scott, for whom the 'biceps peaking' Scott
curl was named, had tremendous biceps, but he didn't have much of a peak.
The shape of your biceps, or for that matter, any muscle, is determined
by your genetic makeup. When you work a muscle, any muscle, it works on
the all-or-nothing principle, meaning that each muscle fiber recruited
to do a lift -- along the entire length of that muscle -- is contracted
fully. Why would a certain number of them, like the ones in the middle
of the biceps, suddenly start to grow differently or at a faster rate than
its partners? If anything, the muscles that are closest to the insertion
points are the most prone to mechanical stress, and you don't see them
get any bigger than the rest of the muscle. If they did, everyone would
have proportions like Popeye.
This is true of any muscle,
but you're probably thinking, what about quads? I know that when I do hack
squats with my feet together, it tends to give me more sweep in my legs.
Sure it does, but the quadriceps are made up of four different main muscles,
and doing hacks with your feet together forces the vastus lateralis muscles
on the outside of the leg to work harder; consequently, they grow proportionately
along their entire length and give the outer quads more sweep.
As further evidence, take
a look at a picture of any young professional bodybuilder before he was
developed enough to become a pro. He will have virtually the same structural
lines as he does today. All that has changed is that his muscles are now
15 -- If you get a pump
, you're working the muscles adequately to ensure muscular hypertrophy,
or if your muscles are burning, that means you are promoting muscle growth.
A pump, despite what Arnold
Schwarzenegger said about it "feeling better than coming", is
nothing more than the muscle becoming engorged with blood from capillary
action. It can be achieved easily by curling a soup can fifty times. It
by no means equates to the muscular intensity needed to promote growth.
The same is true of the coveted 'burn' that Hollywood muscleheads advise
the public to 'go for'. A burn is simply an accumulation of lactic acid,
a by-product of chemical respiration. You can get a burn by peddling a
bicycle or simply extending your arm straight out and moving it in tiny
circles [or sitting in a burning fireplace!]. It does not necessarily mean
you are promoting muscle growth. For hypertrophy to occur, you have to
subject the muscles to high levels of tension, and high tension levels
are best induced by heavy weights.
16 -- If you do hundreds
of sit-ups a day, you will eventually achieve a narrow, washboard-type
There is no such thing as
spot-reduction. Doing thousands and thousands of sit-ups will give you
tight abdominal muscles, but they will do nothing to rid your midsection
of fat. Thigh adductor and abductor movements will give women's thighs
more firmness, but they will do nothing to rid the area of fat, or what
is commonly [and erroneously] called cellulite. Nothing will rid the body
of fat, unless it is a carefully-orchestrated reduction in your daily energy
intake; in other words, if you burn more calories than you ingest (or do
that in conjunction with a nutrient partitioning agent. See #
17 -- Training like a powerlifter
--deadlifts, heavy squats, bench presses--will make your physique look
Blockiness, like baldness
or a flat chest, is a genetic trait. If you were born blocky, then powerlifting
will simply make you a bigger blocky person. The only way to offset a blocky
appearance is to give special emphasis to the lats, the outer muscles of
the thighs, and to a fat-reducing diet which will keep the midsection as
narrow as possible. With these modifications, you will give your body the
illusion of a more "aerodynamic" appearance. The truth is, powerlifting
exercises are excellent for bodybuilding.
18 -- High repetitions make
your muscles harder and more cut up.
Although there is some evidence
to suggest that high repetitions might induce some extra capillary intrusion
into a muscle, they will do nothing to make the muscle harder or more cut
up. If a completely sedentary person began weightlifting, using either
low reps or high reps, he or she would experience a rapid increase in tonus,
the degree of muscular contraction that the muscle maintains even when
that muscle is relaxed, but that would happen regardless of rep range.
The only way that high repetitions would make a muscle more cut up is if,
by doing a higher number of reps, your body as a whole was in negative
energy balance, and you were burning more calories than you were ingesting.
The truth is, heavy weights, lifted for 5-8 reps per set, can build rock-hard
muscles. You just have to get the fat off them to see how "hard"
19 -- Instinctive training
is the best way to promote gains.
If bodybuilders followed
their instincts, they'd go home and pop open a Bud [much prefer Toohey's
Red myself!]. Instinctive training is a wonderful catch-phrase, and it
might even work for drug-assisted athletes since the very act of opening
up a Bud would probably induce muscular growth in them. However, in a natural
bodybuilder, the approach to long-term, consistent gains in muscular mass
has to be, shall we say, a bit more scientific. Research results conducted
by exercise physiologists recommend a systematic approach such as the one
encompassed by periodization where the bodybuilder, through a period of
several weeks, lifts ever-increasing pre-set percentages of a one-rep lift.
This heavy period is also periodically staggered with a lighter training
phase 'cycle'. Ultimately, the percentages increase, the maximum one-rep
lifts increase, and lean body mass increases. There is nothing instinctive
20 -- Women need to train
differently than men.
On a microscopic level,
there is virtually no difference between the muscle tissue of men and the
muscle tissue of women. Men and women have different levels of the same
hormones, and that's what is responsible for the difference in the amount
of muscle a man can typically put on and the amount of muscle a woman can
typically gain. There is absolutely no reason why either should train differently
than the other sex, provided they have the same goals. The only difference
in training might be as a result of cultural, sexual preferences. A woman
might desire to develop her glutes a little more so she looks better in
a pair of 'Guess' jeans. Conversely, a man might want to build his lats
a little more so that he fits the cultural stereotype of a virile man.
21 -- There are food supplements
available that are just as effective as steroids, yet safer.
The only things as effective
as steroids are other steroids. Despite the proclamations of some supplement
distributors, usually in giant, 35-point type, no currently available supplement
works like steroids. However, nutrients and supplements can be extremely
effective, especially if your diet is lacking in some critical component
or you're genetically predisposed to accept that nutrient or supplement.
Biochemically, individuals vary enormously, and the interaction of genetics,
coupled with the widely varying diets that each of us eats, makes it virtually
impossible to gauge just what will work for one individual and what won't.
That is why some supplements work better than others for some people, just
as some people are genetically predispositioned to accept steroids more
readily than others. Food supplements do have benefits that can't be overlooked
-- they're generally safe, and they won't get you thrown into jail. But
none of them build muscle as fast or as well as steroids.
22 -- Professional bodybuilders
represent the epitome of health and fitness.
The ultimate irony is that
the IFBB is facing in trying to get bodybuilders into the Olympics is that
while every athlete in every other sport is presumably the healthiest they've
ever been so that they are able to compete athletically and break records,
the bodybuilder is so weak on competition day that he or she would have
trouble fending off the attacks of an enraged toy poodle. The weeks of
constant dieting, workouts that continually tax the body almost beyond
recovery, and a constant influx of potentially harmful drugs and diuretics
have brought most of them to total exhaustion.
And think about the huge
amounts of food some steroid-using bodybuilders eat. In all the longevity
sites in the world where people routinely live to be one hundred, the only
common denominator is that they all either under-eat or eat just enough
to meet their daily caloric requirements. By ingesting less food, they
ingest less harmful chemicals, and fewer free radicals are formed in the
body. The average professional builder probably eats at least four or five
times what these aforementioned people eat. As a result, bodybuilders often
suffer from high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Plus, with all that
extra mass, the heart has to work that much harder and will probably stop
beating years before it was designed to. That's why professional bodybuilding
is the ultimate act of vanity. It was done strictly to fulfill some misguided
notion of the superhuman ideal, and health was not even a consideration.
Almost without exception, these guys and gals are not healthy, and they'll
probably be among the first to tell you so. However, weight-training and
consuming a nutrient-rich diet is very healthy, as long as it is not carried
23 -- Training with weights
causes your muscles to get tight and hinders flexibility and, consequently,
If anything, when done properly
(slowly and using a complete range of motion), weight training increases
flexibility. Many athletes now engage in weight training in order to improve
their performance in their chosen sport -- witness Evander Hollyfield or
any number of track athletes, basketball players, or gymnasts; the list
goes on and on.
This lie goes all the way
back to the 1930s. Companies that were selling isometric exercise programmes
by mail were trying to convince people _not_ to exercise with barbells,
simply because it wasn't practical to send weights through the mail. So
they made up the 'muscle-bound' lie.
This lie might have been
fueled from the feeling of 'tightness' that accompanies an intense workout.
If the workout was intense and a sufficient number of muscle fibers were
recruited and microscopically damaged, then even the normal tonus (the
normal amount of contraction experienced by a relaxed muscle) is more than
enough to cause a feeling of pain and tightness. The tightness is compounded
by the 'tugging' of the tendons on the muscles. Stretching, however, would
do much to alleviate this tightness, and stretching is a recommended part
of any athletic pursuit.
The only possible confirmation
of this lie concerns a baseball pitcher's arm. An intense weight training
programme might affect a pitcher's ability to throw a fast ball, but it
wouldn't be because of a lack of flexibility. The speed a pitcher can generate
seems to be determined more by a complex relationship of tendon length
and strength and nervous system efficiency as opposed to muscular strength,
and weight training could, possibly, upset this delicate balance.
24 -- Loading up on carbohydrates
is an excellent way to enhance your athletic performance.
The traditional manner in
which athletes 'carb up' for an athletic competition usually involves first
depleting the body's stores of carbohydrates through exercise and diet.
This is then followed by rest and a high carbohydrate intake. However,
studies have shown that this type of preparation is unnecessary. An athlete
who eats a balanced, high-carbohydrate diet and is in reasonably good shape
has plenty of carbohydrates in his or her system to meet the demands of
short-duration exercises that don't exceed roughly one hour. Anyone that
does exercises that last more than an hour, like long-distance running
or cycling, may benefit from 'carbing up', but the ability of muscles to
use fat as a source of energy rather than carbohydrates in endurance events
may be even more important to performance at that level.
25 -- Consuming foods high
in sugar before training provides your body with extra energy to sustain
Simple sugars like sucrose
don't need to be broken down by the body's enzymes to be used as energy
like complex carbohydrates do. Therefore, they elicit a rapid release of
insulin, the hormone that regulates blood-sugar levels. The trouble is,
the sudden, rapid influx of sugar into the system causes the body to release
insulin in what must be considered a haphazard method, ie. the amount released
is usually more than what's needed to metabolise the sugar. Consequently,
your blood sugar often temporarily drops to a point that is actually lower
than it was _before_ you had the sugar, which might cause you to become
more exhausted much earlier than it normally would. Your body is then forced
to dip into its glycogen reserves in order to correct the imbalance.
To ensure that you have
enough energy to complete a workout, eat nutrient- rich foods with low
glycemic indices (those that elicit a smooth, steady stream of sugar into
the bloodstream) like barley, lentils or beans.
26 -- All anabolic steroids
are extremely toxic and dangerous.
Here's a good trivia question
borrowed from Dan Duchaine's Underground Steroid Handbook [highly recommended]:
if you lined up a bottle of Dianabol (a popular steroid), a bottle of Lasix
(a diuretic used by heart patients and bodybuilders who want to 'cut up'
for a competition), a bottle of Valium, a bottle of aspirin, and a bottle
of Slow-K (a potassium supplement), which one, upon eating a 100 tablets,
wouldn't kill you? Well, most likely the Dianabol. This isn't an endorsement
of steroids; it's just an effective illustration of the stigma generally
associated with all steroids: 'they'll give you brain tumors like Lyle
Alzado . . . they'll cause your heart to enlarge and eventually give out
[they cause spontaneous decapitation . .]'. Maybe, but all steroids are
different. Some are more dangerous than others. Birth control pills are
steroids. Testosterone patches have been used with great success to enhance
the quality of life for elderly men. Some of the steroids that bodybuilders
use are very mild, and the risk associated with them is virtually negligible.
Still, there _are_ dangerous steroids, and that's all the more reason that
athletes who choose to use them must be more knowledgeable about them.
27 -- If you stop working
out, your muscle will turn into fat.
This is almost too preposterous
to address. Muscle can no sooner turn to fat than gold can turn into lead.
Muscle is made up of individual cells--living, 'breathing' cells that undergo
all kinds of complex metabolic processes. Fat cells are simply storage
packets of lipids. The possibility of one changing into another is akin
to the bowling ball in your storage closet turning into your Aunt Edna.
If you stop working out, if you stop applying resistance to your muscles
on a consistent basis, they will simply adapt to the new condition. In
other words, they'll shrink. If the degree of inactivity or immobilization
is severe, the muscles will shrink faster than the surrounding skin, and
a temporary condition of loose skin might be experienced, but that too
would remedy itself with time.
28 -- Ingesting MCT . (medium-chain
triglyceride) oils will give you tons of energy, but they won't make you
MCTs first gained prominence
for treating persons suffering from fat mal- absorption, pancreatic deficiency,
or stomach or esophageal diseases. Researchers found that MCTs, because
of their better solubility and motility, underwent a rapid hydrolysis by
salivary, gastric, and pancreatic enzymes. Consequently, they were able
to reach the liver and provide energy much more quickly than long-chain
triglycerides (Guillot, et al., 1993). There was also some evidence that
MCTs reduced lipid deposition in fat stores compared with that resulting
from LCTs under identical energy intake conditions. However, this is no
reason to believe that ingesting these oils in excess will not result in
a positive energy balance which the body stores as fat. MCTs, like regular
oils, like regular fats, have nine calories per gramme. Even though they
are metabolized differently, using them in excessive amounts will add inches
to your waistline.
29 -- If everyone took the
same amount of steroids, everyone would look like a professional bodybuilder.
One of the ironies of steroid
use is that some people are genetically 'gifted' in terms of steroid receptors.
That means that they have a large number of receptor sites in the muscles
with which a particular steroid can combine and exert its mass-building
effects. The man or woman who won the last contest might very well have
the most active steroid receptors rather than being the most dedicated,
knowledgeable bodybuilder. On the other hand, some people might possess
very few receptors for a particular steroid. That's why they experience
very little, if any, growth on a particular steroid. Another factor that
influences receptor affinity is age. The highest receptor affinity seems
to occur in late teenage years. This is a generalization, but it seems
to be true for a good number of people. Since there is a greater uptake
in these individuals, they are often able to take lower dosages for longer
periods of time and make better gains than older users. The truth is, two
bodybuilders could take the same steroid stack, train and eat the same,
and one could turn out to be in the Olympia, and the other might never
even win a local contest. The difference in how people react to these drugs
30 -- Someone with a well-built
body must be knowledgeable about fitness and physique development.
Despite popular belief,
just because some guy has 20" [51cm] arms or 30" [77cm] thighs,
that does not automatically credential him as a bodybuilding expert. Unfortunately,
in a society where looks count for so much, well-built lifters are often
regarded as bodybuilding scientists. The unfortunate fact is, many well-built
athletes, even pro bodybuilders, have no idea how they got where they are.
Many of them are so genetically gifted and embellish their genetic potential
even further by using tons of bodybuilding drugs that they actually succeed
in spite of themselves. With few exceptions, elite bodybuilders are the
last people in the world you want to turn to for bodybuilding advice if
you're genetically average like 98% of us. You're more likely to find expert
advice from someone who has 'walked a mile in your shoes'.
"You were born weak,
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