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Top 5 Bodybuilding Myths

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Script written by George Pacheco It's time to pump some Iron. Welcome to WatchMojo's Top 5 Myths, the series that finds the biggest myths people actually believe, and dispels them one by one. In this installment, we're dispelling five myths about the world of bodybuilding. From nutrition and weight lifting habits, to general exercise knowledge, it’s all in here. So, grab yourself a spotter, rack on those weights and let's hit the gym! What did you think of this video? head over to WatchMojo.comsuggest to submit your ideas for the next video in the Myths series!
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Top 5 Bodybuilding Myths


It’s time to pump some Iron. Welcome to WatchMojo's Top 5 Myths, the series that finds the biggest myths people actually believe, and dispels them one by one. In this installment, we're dispelling five myths about the world of bodybuilding. From nutrition and weight lifting habits, to general exercise knowledge, it’s all in here. So, grab yourself a spotter, rack on those weights and let's hit the gym!

#5: Women will grow bulky muscles if they work out


Many women hesitate to include weight lifting in their fitness regime due to a common concern that it will cause them to develop a buff, hulk-like physique. In actuality, gaining and maintaining massive muscles is an intensely challenging process which demands a lot more work for women than for men, due to the disparity in testosterone levels. The female body builders who do have bulging biceps and tremendous triceps have cultivated their physique through years of mass building training and occasionally supplementation. Women can achieve many different goals through weight lifting, such as building strength, improving coordination, burning calories and getting toned, all with or without putting on massive muscle. So ladies, don't be afraid of pumping a little iron; whether you're a man or a woman, you're not going to achieve any change in your body shape, let alone an undesirably bulky one, without great effort.

#4: Doing sit-ups will burn fat from your waistline


You’ve seen them on late night infomercials, or caught glimpses of them in the "as seen on T.V.” section in stores: the latest abdominal stretcher gadget, designed to burn fat from your waistline. The only thing about this idea is that it takes more than just sit-ups or abdominal crunches to slim down your tummy. Sure, spot-training exercises are great for building muscle in specific areas, but that’s not how fat burning works. In order for the world to see those washboard abs, you’ll need cardiovascular exercise and high intensity, fat burning workouts  which will burn fat from your entire body. Just working a specific part of your body won’t burn from it. Once you reduced that belly, then all that hard work on your “as seen on T.V.” doohickey will really pay off.

#3: High reps of light weights is for cutting; Low reps of heavy weights is for size


There's a school of thought, which claims that lifting lighter weights at a high repetitive rate will "cut" up the muscle, making them more defined, while lifting a heavy weight at low repetition will increase muscle size, but not give a chiselled look. Not quite the case. Lifting lots of light weights is barely going to have any affect at all. So, If your objective is to show your cuts, then the most effective solution is actually to lose fat through cardio exercise. Conversely, benching the heaviest weight you can barely roll off your chest a couple of times will not give you Goku's pectorals. Muscle growth is better promoted through exposure to prolonged stress. This is best achieved through higher reps using a weight which can be done properly while still posing a challenge. So just keep those instructions in mind when you’re working towards your dream bod.

#2: Bodybuilding stunts your growth


A lot of parents don’t want their kids to start lifting because for fear their bodies will suddenly stop growing. Stemming from the belief that lifting will exhaust the body to the extent where growth will be stunted, some People also believe that the increase of testosterone that accompanies bodybuilding will interfere will interfere with the HGH that the body produces. Well, good news, kids! This one's definitely not true - as long as you avoid those peripheral supplements and steroids, which could do some harm. The American Academy of Pediatrics even backed up this claim in a 2001, stating that there was no clear, adverse effect to be had by kids involved in strength training programs, effectively dispelling a myth, which had long been on the minds of many parents.  

#1: Bodybuilders are the epitome of good health


We look at bodybuilders as if they are a paragon of human health. Believing that in order to reach such a peak in physique they must be incredibly disciplined and far healthier than the rest of us. But, while there are obviously a wealth of benefits to maintaining an active lifestyle, bodybuilding and good health unfortunately don’t always go hand in hand. For many, the quest for that perfect physique can quickly lead down a road to obsession, particularly if that person decides to take shortcuts, such as the use of certain steroids. Furthermore, contestants in physique competitions often make great sacrifices in their health, such as opting to dehydrate themselves before competitions so that their muscles are more defined.
There’s also plenty of supportive supplements out there on the exercise market today, but just as many products which could lead to such conditions as heart disease or even death. Indeed, fitness training can be a delicate tightrope walk for many bodybuilders – I can’t really preach though…I don’t even lift, bro.

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