Gaining Muscle Mass – 10 Myths You Need To Know**READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION**

Found this article in the net ( nattyornot )

Some are true, but some are ridiculously funny! :lol:P
Again, as the title implies, please use your own judgement whether you want to believe it or not.

Gaining Muscle Mass – 10 Myths You Need To Know

Myth 1: You have to get fatter to gain muscle mass.
You don’t need to get fatter to gain muscle mass. There’s no need to gain body fat in order to gain muscle mass regardless of what diets like GOMAD require you to do. You need to eat just as much to gain muscle mass, but not so much that you get fatter.

Myth 2: You need a lot of protein to gain muscle mass.
You don’t need a lot of protein to build muscle mass. The supplements companies are purposely trying to brainwash you into believing that you need a lot of protein in order to build muscle mass. That’s not the case and they are just pushing their whey protein.

Steroid users like Rich Piana are paid to advertise protein powders. Everybody except the buyers is aware of what’s going on. You are advised to take as much of the golden stuff as you can, but rarely there are appreciable results.

Myth 3: You can gain a lot of mass as a natural bodybuilder.
Unlike other web-sites like T-Nation, NattyOrNot.com gives you the truth. As a natural bodybuilder don’t expect to get huge. It’s just not physically possible to do so. The really big guys you see in the gym are on steroids. There’s no other way to support large muscle mass development.

Myth 4: You need protein shakes to gain muscle mass.
Protein shakes are nothing special and it’s still unknown how much of the protein powder is absorbed since it’s fat free. In nature everything that contains protein comes with fat too. Consequently the absorption levels of pure protein are subject of controversy.

Myth 5: You need to consume most of your food post workout.
Everybody has seen the obsessed bodybuilders in the gym who attack their post workout meal like it’s their savior in this world of sin. Many believe that if you miss your “anabolic window” you will never get big. It’s not true and this misconception is based mainly on bro science. What’s important is your daily food regimen as a whole.

Myth 6: Barbell exercises build more muscle mass.
Barbells exercises such as squats and deadlifts may be very effective but you can build the same amount of muscle mass without ever touching a barbell. You can challenge your body with bodyweight, machines and dumbbells. It’s still an effective way to train and you will build just as much muscle mass as if you were to do barbell movements. Barbells are a solid tool, but not the only sword.

Myth 7: You need mass gainers.
You don’t need mass gainers in order to build muscle. It’s better to increase your food intake through real food instead. On top of that most of the mass gainers are nothing more than pig food (whey) loaded with sugar. However, mass gainers could be beneficial if you have troubles with your jaw and you can’t chew solid food. That’s a different story.

Myth 8: Gaining muscle mass is a linear process.
Gaining muscle mass is not a linear process. You can’t keep on gaining muscle forever. Eventually the gains slow down. That’s true even if you are on steroids. The body has its limits. Most people build up to a certain muscular development and after that the muscle mass gaining process slows down.

Myth 9: You need creatine in order to build muscle mass.
Regardless of what teenage bodybuilders think, you don’t need creatine to build muscle mass. Creatine is just another scam supplement that has close to no positive effect on your physique and performance.

Myth 10: Rep ranges are very important.
While there is some importance to rep ranges, the idea that a set of five builds only “strength” and a set of ten builds “mainly muscle mass” reveals ignorance and poor understanding of basic lifting principles. Don’t obsess over rep ranges. If you want to get stronger at doing maximal effort attempts, incorporate heavy lifting in your routine but don’t start arguments such as: high repetitions training makes you weak…etc. It’s not the case and there is a significant crossover between low and high reps. Numbers are an illusion.

Myth 11: You can get big no matter what.
Some people have small bone structure and less muscle mass by default. Not everybody can easily build muscle mass. There are those who are not quite blessed in that regard. However, we are all hardgainers, even the “gifted ones” are.

Myth 12: IFBB Professionals are giving you the secret to getting big.
IFBB professionals know the “secret” to getting big. However, they won’t give it to you. It’s considered politically incorrect and they risk losing sponsorships. IFBB pros will sell you protein powders and pipe dreams instead. This is a perfect example of authority speculation. They abuse their position of power by hiding the truth and misleading you into paying for nothing. However, IFBB pros are just puppets, not the real power behind the evil scam.

Myth 13: You need to sleep 10 hours a day to build muscle mass.
Coaches like Mark Rippetoe are known to advise the lifters to sleep 10 hours a day in order to recover and grow. That’s way too much. You can grow with less sleep.

Myth 14: Eating raw eggs will help you build muscle mass faster.
Due to the movie Rocky and the Hollywood propaganda in general, many people believe that eating raw eggs is the key to building muscle mass. There is no evidence to that. Eating dirty raw eggs is no good. Cook your food in order to avoid illness and poisoning.

Myth 15: Bodyweight exercises are not as effective as lifting weights.
This is absolutely not the case. Bodyweight exercises are highly effective and can help you gain muscle mass. Here are a few recommended articles on that particular subject:

Comments

  • 15 ung myths bro ! haha
  • brylle_55brylle_55 Posts: 166C-Class
    Thanks nice.. haha
  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    rtravino29 wrote:
    Myth 3: You can gain a lot of mass as a natural bodybuilder.
    Unlike other web-sites like T-Nation, NattyOrNot.com gives you the truth. As a natural bodybuilder don’t expect to get huge. It’s just not physically possible to do so. The really big guys you see in the gym are on steroids. There’s no other way to support large muscle mass development.

    Inb4 myostatin deficiency and others. (As far as genetics is concerned...)
  • rtravino29rtravino29 Posts: 1,549
    Inb4 myostatin deficiency and others. (As far as genetics is concerned...)

    ↑ exactly,(myotonic hypertrophy) them gifted genes ( me jelly ).
  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    rtravino29 wrote:
    Inb4 myostatin deficiency and others. (As far as genetics is concerned...)

    ↑ exactly,(myotonic hypertrophy) them gifted genes ( me jelly ).

    It's not exactly being 'gifted' on such condition since there's the absence of the protein 'myostatin'.
  • rtravino29rtravino29 Posts: 1,549
    IMO, it' like the pro's and con's of having this "disorder" ([size=x-small] not sure if it's the right term[/size] )
    Pro's
    waaayy more strong that everybody else ( I think 3 or more times as strong as you're supposed to be )
    very active
    Can't gain body fat or weight regardless of how much you eat

    Con's
    bawal inom, yosi, drugs, ( it will kill them on the spot )
    you can die from it if you don't eat whenever you are hungry since they don;t have any body fat, the blood flow doesn't get to their head as well and they will die instantly.
  • Emman1986Emman1986 Posts: 1,819B-Class
    @badass_vinch @Core @Jettie @sa lahat ng may mai share :)

    may topic naba dito tungkol sa Inb4 myostatin deficiency? and meron ba kayo nabasa na reliable source sa net regarding that one? may nabasa ako kaso parang medyo magulo may sinasabi pa na pag malaki agad ung calves malamang sla ung nag tataglay ng ganung bagay.. please paliwanagan po ako thanks
  • OhsnapOhsnap Posts: 425
    Bago sa pandinig ko yan Inb4 myostatin ah hahaha.
  • Big DawgBig Dawg Posts: 645
    #2 and #3 are bullshit.

    #2
    One does need sufficient protein to build muscle. He doesn't define "alot of protein", so opinions will vary - some people like a n00b may think 1g per pound of bdwt is alot. If he is talking 2 or 3 g's per lb., then yeah I agree. One does not need to go overkill, but I wouldn't recommend anyone trying to put on muscle to take in less than 1g per lb of bdwt.

    #3
    I guess the author was born with the genetics of a scarecrow to write that. I don't know wtf his definition of "huge" is, but I have seen many big guys in my time that got huge natty. I am one of them. I was 255 @ 13% bf with close to 20" arms and the rest of the body to match before ever even touching gear. I have seen many guys 220+ natty and look jacked up. Takes alot of time, hard work and decent genetics. I'm betting the author is one of those tools that everytime he see's someone repping 300 on the bench or with 18+ arms, he's saying in his mind "Roids roids roids!" pffft. He should have clarified his statement to imply "many guys", not "all" duhh.Also #6 is COMPLETE bullshit haha. I will have to read all the article later don't have time now.
  • LazarLazar Posts: 565
    Well said @Big Dawg, specially on your 2nd point.
  • OhsnapOhsnap Posts: 425
    I've read the article and it has no supporting studies to back up its myth hahaha. I agree with sir @big dawg. My bodybuilding mentor is all natty with 21" arms and 40+ years dedication haha.
  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    rtravino29 wrote:
    IMO, it' like the pro's and con's of having this "disorder" ([size=x-small] not sure if it's the right term[/size] )
    Pro's
    waaayy more strong that everybody else ( I think 3 or more times as strong as you're supposed to be )
    very active
    Can't gain body fat or weight regardless of how much you eat

    Con's
    bawal inom, yosi, drugs, ( it will kill them on the spot )
    you can die from it if you don't eat whenever you are hungry since they don;t have any body fat, the blood flow doesn't get to their head as well and they will die instantly.

    And... where the hell did you get all these information??? Especially the last line...
    Emman1986 wrote:
    may topic naba dito tungkol sa Inb4 myostatin deficiency?
    Ohsnap wrote:
    Bago sa pandinig ko yan Inb4 myostatin ah hahaha.

    Please... opt out the first word. It's just an internet slang...
  • rtravino29rtravino29 Posts: 1,549
    And... where the hell did you get all these information??? Especially the last line...

    I've read this in a post actually, dati pa ( I think 2 - 3 months ago )kase naaliw ako sa pic nung batang mamaskel na kumakalat sa net dati. hanapin ko ulet.
  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    rtravino29 wrote:
    And... where the hell did you get all these information??? Especially the last line...

    I've read this in a post actually, dati pa ( I think 2 - 3 months ago )kase naaliw ako sa pic nung batang mamaskel na kumakalat sa net dati. hanapin ko ulet.

    A forum? BB.com I suppose?
  • rtravino29rtravino29 Posts: 1,549
    A forum? BB.com I suppose?

    Nope, more like a "true story" post lang nang may ganyang disorder. Not sure if it's credible though pero magkahalong mangha and awa ako nun nung nabasa ko yun kaya tumatak sa isip ko.
  • CoreCore Posts: 2,508B-Class
    rtravino29 wrote:
    A forum? BB.com I suppose?

    Nope, more like a "true story" post lang nang may ganyang disorder. Not sure if it's credible though pero magkahalong mangha and awa ako nun nung nabasa ko yun kaya tumatak sa isip ko.

    It appears not.
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