Bodybuilding is a misunderstood activity by many. People often think of the huge muscular hulk-like creatures standing on stages covered in oil as their veins bulge from beneath their muscle stretched skin. The fact is, any time you do any exercise designed to make your body look better, you’re really bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding is simply the act of improving the look of your body by adding muscle and losing fat. It provides fantastic exercise can make you look and feel years younger. There are many myths surrounding bodybuilding which often leaves the inexperienced in the dark about some key issues that will help people to better understand and benefit from the activity of bodybuilding.
The first myth we’ll talk about and one of the most common is the myth that when you quit working out, muscle turns to fat. This is a complete and ridiculous laughable joke. Muscle and fat are two entirely different things and one cannot simply turn into the other. This would be akin to spinning straw into gold and we all know that’s not likely to happen. What does happen occasionally is someone who has a significant amount of muscle may quit working out but still continue to eat the same amount of calories. As their muscles atrophy or get smaller, the area on their body is then covered with fat based on their decreased exercise amount but consistent calorie intake.
Another popular myth that pervades bodybuilding is that in order to truly gain muscle, one should exercise each and every day. This is often a mistake and can lead to serious overtraining issues as muscles need more rest time than they need active time. In fact, most people can make fantastic muscular gains after only having worked out 2 to 3 days a week. The additional time allows their muscles time to recuperate and repair the damage that occurs with heavy weight training which then of course results in additional muscular growth.
One myth that can really hinder the growth of bodybuilders is that they need to focus on each individual muscle in order to get the results they desire. This causes many young bodybuilders to begin picking up weights and working on isolation exercises that only serve to work one muscle at a time. This could be arm curls using the dumbbell, or triceps extensions to work the backs of your arms, or leg extensions to work your thigh muscles. The fact is, isolation exercises are more valuable once you have reached a very advanced level of bodybuilding where these individual exercises will help to further define the existing muscles you have built. In the meantime, it is often just as effective if not more so to perform compound movements such as squats and deadlifts which will pack on pounds of muscle to your physique in relatively little time.
While the above represent just a few of the popular bodybuilding myths that exist, knowing about them may help you save time and effort in your quest to achieve the ultimate body through the act of bodybuilding.