Building MuscleIn Part 1 of this article, we examined and debunked major bodybuilding myths.

You learned that while modern body builders may be aesthetically pleasing to look at, they are also physically strong and are well able to hold their own in competition with more traditional “strongmen” who haven’t trained to achieve the “X-Form” and physical symmetry of classical bodybuilders.

The article also talked about how it’s not possible to muscle to turn into fat, if you stop exercising, for the very simple reason that muscle and fat are two entirely different types of tissue in the body. Muscle can’t turn into fat any more than lead can turn into gold!

The Second Set of Common Myths

1. “You’ll Start To Look Disproportional and Scary When You Do Bodybuilding”

This gem of a myth is frequently spread among young men who know nothing about bodybuilding.

If I had to choose between being sick and obese and being “ripped” and lean, I would definitely choose the latter.

You sculpt your own body through exercise, so it’s entirely up to you what proportions you want your body to have. You can choose to have wide shoulders and massive, flaring hips or you can do moderate workouts that are designed to keep your body lean, toned and strong.

Building muscle mass takes time and commitment and lots and lots of repetition. It’s a process that also involves sticking to a strict diet, taking supplements and having a doctor regularly check your testosterone levels, So it’s obviously not for everyone. But anyone can do regular exercise to keep their body in shape without going the extra miles to bulk up on muscle.

While genetics play a role in the type of body you have and how it can be sculpted, diet also plays a huge role. A few individuals will build muscle mass from these two factors alone. But that’s rarely the case – it’s a one-in-a-million chance that you’re one of those people.

Professional bodybuilders have to work extremely hard to build their bodies and having a 250lb body with very low body fat requires tireless effort, day in and day out.

2. “I Don’t Want To Look Manly!”

This is a common worry among women who are wary or resistance training and lifting weights. Let’s be clear about this…women need have no fear in this regard!

Women Building Muscle

Women’s bodies aren’t designed by nature to be muscular like a man’s. So a woman will never attain the same kind of muscle mass as male body builders. That is, unless she happens to use growth-enhancing substances like Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and synthetic male hormones.

Regularly working with weights, women will experience an overall increase in energy which is soon followed by a dramatic drop in fat levels (e.g. “muffin top” fat deposits).

Numerous studies carried out around the world have shown that women who exercise with weights also reduce the likelihood that they’ll suffer from bone-related diseases, such as osteoporosis in later life. Getting lean and sexy is just the “bonus” from exercising!

3. “You Have To Eat Lots And Lots of Protein Shakes and Bars”

Another myth that make people shy away from training with other bodybuilders. There’s a reason bodybuilders do like protein shakes and bars – it’s because they’re convenient, not because they’re a dietary supplement!

A protein shake/bar is simply a fast and quick source of protein. At the other end of the spectrum, a Mars bar is simply a fast and quick source of sugar (energy) – later stored as fat unless burned off.

All you need for a healthy body is a well-balanced diet where do you don’t consume more calories than you burn off. If you take in more calories than you burn, you put on weight. Likewise, if you burn off more calories than you take in, you lose weight.

You can choose what types of food you want to eat and beverages you want to drink. The more natural your food and beverages though, the better your diet and the better for your body. While processed food tastes great, the human body hasn’t actually evolved to cope with the massive injections of sugar, salt and carbs those foods provide.

While shakes and bars do provide concentrated protein, don’t ever feel like you have to take them as part of your bodybuilding regimen. If you like them…great! If you don’t want to take them…well, that’s great too! Just remember to substitute the protein in bars and shakes with other protein like chicken.

If speed and convenience is your thing though, there’s no better than comping down on a protein bar after a workout or preparing a chocolate protein shake at home.

The money you pay for these protein products saves you time (and time is money) in preparing a meal. So it’s your call as to which is most important to you.

4. “Taking Anabolic Steroids Is a Must”

It’s no secret that modern bodybuilders make use of synthetic testosterone and HGH (human growth hormone) to boost the body’s natural ability to build muscle.

However, there is no rule or law that states that you can’t be a bodybuilder without taking supplements, testosterone or HGH. That is a matter of personal choice. If you’re okay with how your muscles are developing and you have excellent nutrition already then you can mark your efforts as a success.

Now, if you are thinking of trying any supplement to boost your muscle’s growth it would be best to speak to your doctor first to see what he thinks of your plan. Your health is extremely important and it would be counterproductive to put it at risk just because you want to build muscle 14mass.