6 bodybuilding lies that are crippling your progress

Strength training will only build muscle if it stimulates growth and is followed by sufficient recovery time, sleep, and adequate intake of nutrients that allow the body to heal.

Train too often and you risk failing to stimulate growth because you fail to train hard enough. And even if you stimulate growth, you won’t have enough recovery time between workouts to reap the full benefits.

If you’re young and have a leisurely lifestyle and good bodybuilding genetics, you can initially make some modest progress from four or more workouts per week. But why not optimize your recovery capacity, progress more and, as a bonus, spend less time at the gym?

It’s easy for a natural bodybuilder with normal genetics to overtrain. But someone with exceptional bodybuilding genetics can thrive with more frequent training, and such a person can thrive with even more frequent training if they take bodybuilding drugs.

Typical lifters train best no more than three times a week; only twice a week is best for most. Never mind that many drug-assisted super-reactive bodybuilding champions have thrived on six workouts a week. Some of them, for short periods, even managed to train twice a day, six days a week.

Such frequency is training suicide for typical bodybuilders. Most split routines are problematic for average lifters. The physiological system is thus intertwined, and many exercises overlap in the muscles and other tissues they recruit.

In addition, intensive training for a limited area of ​​the body always produces a systemic demand that you must recover from. If you train too often, you will never recover from systemic fatigue and make little or no progress in strength training. Have more recovery days than training days!

Teresa E. Burton