5 Popular Myths about Building Muscle!

Posted on December 23rd, 2010 at 2:14 am by


Hardgainers wanting to build muscle might receive a wide variety of advice from other persons.  However, one has to be careful about what advice one follows.  Here are 5 common myths about building muscle:

  1. You can eat anything.  Ectomorphs are often told they should just eat anything in order to gain muscle.  They will be told to have a field day at fast food restaurants etc.  Bad idea.  If you want to gain lean muscle and not flab you need to eat properly, which means consuming lean meats and vegetables.
  2. You should exercise everyday.  It is not by lifting weights that one builds muscle, but the rest period after an intense workout.  The rest period gives the body enough time to repair the muscles that your workout has damaged.  This may take days and when your muscles repair they are bigger and stronger.
  3. It can happen overnight.  You will be surprised at how many persons believe this is possible.  Building lean muscle takes time.  The realistic amount of lean muscle you can expect to gain in a week is 0.75 lbs.  That is 3lbs of muscle per month.  Most persons are not that patient.  Of course it is all varies.  You may have growth spurts and gain 5 lbs in a week, while other times nothing for a month.  However, 0.75 lbs of lean muscle is the average amount of muscle a human can expect to gain in a week.  Therefore, patience is important.
  4. Magic Supplements.  There is no such thing.  Supplements are only a part of the process of building muscle, and you have to know how to take them.  It is best to take supplements before exercising for the boost it provides, as well as after your workouts to replenish your starving muscles.  Whey protein is an excellent supplement.  Be careful about supplements though.  Some of them are garbage.  Do your research.
  5. You have to go to the gym.  Sure it helps, but it is not a necessity.  Expensive gym membership is never a requirement to build muscle.  You can set up one at home by buying a few equipments and using simple body weight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups and squats.  Nevertheless, it is important that you know what you are doing.

There is a lot of advice out there.  Make sure you are receiving advice from persons who know what they are talking about.  You have to make sure you do the proper research and do not buy into any myths.  Building muscle takes time, hard work and dedication.  You need to know your body.

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