Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Bodybuilding Myth #1: I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to get huge

Just sometime back, at the gym fountain, I was speaking to an upcoming personal trainer. His primary routines are shoulders, and abs. Also he does very moderate weights and huge reps. His argument, well he does not want to grow big.

This one tends to be uttered mostly by women, but I have heard men say it also on occasion. It’s a pitiful excuse for not pumping hard. Very few people have the genetics to achieve even above normal levels of muscle mass, much less get “huge.” 99.9% of you reading this will be lucky to put on some muscle, and even that will take years of hard work.

It’s not like anyone ever woke up one day bulging with muscles they didn’t expect. And if you are one of those rare people who put on muscle relatively easily? Lucky you!

It is a complete bodybuilding myth that high volume low reps builds big muscles. In fact to get to a Tom Platz quad size, you simply will need to choose different parents. I mean for most of us, genetics will be the barrier. Next the amount of nutritional changes and alterations needed to fuel that amount to muscle mass is simple beyond most of us weekend warriors. In fact, it is best to use Heavy Duty principles coupled with sufficient rest to gain maximum results.

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