Bodybuilding is an industry plagued with ‘experts’.
And by experts, I mean bro’s.
The guys who say, “Hey bro, you need to be
• waking up at 4am,
• eating a whole chicken,
• wash it down with some bath salts,
• then you got to cover yourself with coconut oil
• before you even think about getting back into bed”.
Which means that the information you’re getting for your training, isn’t always sound advice. Because, well, it’s passed on from Bro to Bro.
Or, more to the point, guys like this:
And, that leads to a lot of ‘fails’ in the gym. Where, by default, you’re actually hampering your results before you’ve even started.
Let’s take a look at some of these common fails you might be making, thanks to the bro counterparts:
There’s only five days in the training week, right?
That’s all you need to get huge, isn’t it?
If the biggest muscles in your body are only getting the same attention as your Biceps and Triceps, you’re setting yourself up for failure before you’ve even begun.
Essentially, your arms are getting four days of training, versus your legs just one.
Because your arms are used in everything on your upper body.
If you want to get real muscle gaining results, increase the volume of training on your legs, and watch your arms get even bigger.
Your rest is the most important part of your training.
Your sleep should be quality and uninterrupted, and you should try to keep your stress levels at an absolute minimum.
But, occasionally you should take a week off, too.
Training has a huge damaging effect on your body over time. And, you’ll find yourself getting weaker if you just try and push through each and every week.
Instead, when you feel run down or weak, take some time off. Your body will thank you for it later.
How many times have you seen on a magazine how someone got huge for a film?
Then looked at the results and thought – damn, that can’t be true?!
Because, the workout is so simple, you just can’t believe your eyes. So, you discount it completely.
The simple workouts are the best workouts.
In fact, some of the world’s best bodybuilders would base much of their training around 4 or 5 simple lifts.
• Like Bench Press and Pull Ups, or Squats and Deadlifts.
• Or, Arnold and his Olympic lifts.
They might look boring, but they’re incredibly effective. Instead, think about the weight they were doing that workout with – that’s a whole new ball game in itself.
Your workouts should be just as, if not more, simplistic. Save the fancy stuff for competition prepping.