Common Bodybuilding Myths Debunked

The sport of bodybuilding is one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports and pastimes currently in existence. Not only do you need to be physically able to carry out the workouts, you also need to have the right frame of mind, you need to be disciplined, you need to be driven, and you need to be willing to make enormous sacrifices. As well as the physical training side of things, there’s also the diet and nutritional aspects too. Needless to say, with so much to get your head around it’s easy to see why there is so much misinformation floating around when it comes to bodybuilding. That’s why for today’s article, we’re going to be looking at a few common bodybuilding myths and misconceptions, and we’ll be doing our best to debunk them once and for all.

You must train like a pro bodybuilder – This is one of the most common myths floating around the bodybuilding community, and it’s simply not true. Many people believe that in order to build muscle and transform your physique, you must train like a pro bodybuilder. That’s not true. When you go jogging to get fit, people don’t say that you need to train like a professional long-distance athlete, so how is that any different? Pro bodybuilders are at the top of their game, and they train incredibly hard and very intensely. An amateur simply would not be able to keep up with them. There are plenty of hypertrophy routines out there for you to follow, you just need to find one that works for you.

Creatine is an anabolic steroid – This myth needs putting to rest once and for all. Creatine is NOT an anabolic steroid, nor will it ever be an anabolic steroid. Creatine is a natural supplement which we produce in small amounts in our own bodies. It is also found in red meat and some forms of fish and seafood. It works by increasing the amount of ATP our bodies produce, which is then used by the muscles for energy. Creatine is as natural as you can get and is about as far removed from being a steroid as you could ever imagine. If anybody ever tries to tell you that creatine is a steroid, it is best to politely correct them, or simply ignore them entirely.

Following a routine isn’t necessary – If you believe that following a training routine isn’t necessary, then that could be why you aren’t making the progress in the gym that you may have hoped for. As far as bodybuilding goes, in order to get maximum results from your training you should always follow a regular training routine. Doing so will ensure you know what you’re doing from day to day, it will stop you becoming complacent, and it will ensure that you keep making those all important gains.

You can turn fat into muscle – How many times have you heard people say that they’re going to “turn fat into muscle” before? Many people out there do genuinely believe that fat can somehow magically change its molecular structure and transform into something else. You can never turn fat into muscle, but what you can do is burn fat and replace it with muscle.