Don't believe everything you hear in the locker room. Below are some common myths and truths If you haven't heard of them before, it's time to take note so that you can integrate the positive ones into your workout and avoid letting the negative myths hurt you.
- More weight means bigger muscles!
The fact is if you aren't eating more than enough of the nutrients your body needs to maintain itself, and to build the new muscle tissue, you aren't going to get bigger no matter how heavy the weights you lift are.
- You must eat more to get bigger!
Yes, they do require more calories, so the body can assimilate so many of those extra calories into lean muscle tissue. But the changeable factors that affect your bodybuilding program, is your nutritional intake and the timing of your meals.
You need to judge your own body and learn what type of pain will still give you a green light to go ahead with your workouts and what type of pain means you need to stop. And if the pain is more deep-tissue related and feels as though it could be a torn muscle or ligament, then you may want to hold off and either give it a few more days to rest or see a doctor.
- Muscle just turns to fat later!
Muscle tissue and fat tissue are two different things. It is impossible for one to "turn into" the other, if you stop working out, they will simply shrink.
- Weight training makes you big; aerobic exercise cuts you up!
In the long run, bodybuilding is more efficient than aerobics for burning up calories and as I told you your nutrient intake are the main factor in getting cut up, and how you do it doesn't matter.
- High repetitions make your muscles harder and more cut up!
The only way that high repetitions would make a muscle more cut up is if, by doing a higher number of reps, your body as a whole was in negative energy balance, and you were burning more calories than you were ingesting. The truth is, heavy weights, lifted for 5-8 reps per set, can build rock-hard muscles. You just have to get the fat off them to see how "hard" they are.
- Women need to train differently than men!
There is virtually no difference between the muscle tissue of men and the muscle tissue of women. Men and women have different levels of the same hormones, and that's what is responsible for the difference in the amount of muscle a man can typically put on and the amount of muscle a woman can typically gain. There is absolutely no reason why either should train differently than the other sex, provided they have the same goals.