Bodybuilding Myths Debunked

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Bodybuilder Tips

Bodybuilding by “pumping iron” has been touted as the best way to promote physical fitness and sports prowess. But is all that muscle really healthy? This question depends on whom you ask.  Musclemen, and the moneymakers of exercise machines and clubs tend to give you one answer. Doctors, coaches and scientists tend to give a more careful reply. But most all the experts do agree that we should debunk outright at least two myths about bodybuilding:

Bodybuilding Myth #1:  “Oh, he looks great now, but wait. All that muscle will turn to flab.”

This myth is nonsense. You might as well say it will turn into bone. They are all distinct tissues and cannot interchange. What does happen is that if the weight trainer decides to quit, he will continue to eat the way he did before. Instead, you’ve got to cut the calories correspondingly, or you’ll get flab.

Bodybuilding Myth #2: “He looks beautiful, but he is so muscle-bound he couldn’t tie his shoe, much less play tennis.”

Body building doesn’t interfere with you playing sports. In fact, there are no sports in which one doesn’t benefit from having some sort of strength. But after the debunking comes the debating. Part of the problem is defining the term “bodybuilding.” The basic layperson takes it to mean the lifting of heavy weights to produce a body-oh-so-beautiful, a Mr. Olympia. By this definition, the medical profession tends to find the practice one-dimensional, and sometimes downright dangerous.

Instead, we want one easy answer. The truth is, lifting weights is good for only one thing, increasing strength. For balanced health you must include aerobic exercises for the heart and lungs—running, swimming, cycling. And you must include a sound nutritional program to be physically fit.

Weight lifting can be dangerous for people with high blood pressure. A reading can fluctuate suddenly up to 270. For those who suffer from high blood pressure, consider swimming or jogging instead. Bodybuilding does not mean just lifting weights. It means many types of exercises and training methods to improve the body, make it faster, stronger, and fitter. And it is not directed just to looking like somebody in the magazines. It can be used for sports training or for health and fitness. It can also be used for building self-confidence; for restructuring bad features of the body; for releasing negative energy to overcome frustrations, and for mental strength by setting and achieving goals. You decide what you want from bodybuilding, and you carefully follow a program to achieve it, whether you are a woman who wants to increase her bust measurement, or a man concerned about his heart and lungs.