June 23, 2013

June 23, 2013
The 20 DUMBEST Things Ever Said By "Bodybuilders"

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great weekend so far. It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Yesterday, I started a blog about the 20 dumbest things ever said by a bodybuilder that I will complete today.

11) Preacher curls work my lower bicep

Oh boy! We've ALL done this at some point. Myself included. But thankfully I know better now. As much as it would nice to work my lower bicep or lengthen my bicep, preacher curls do not do this, and either do any exercises. They may overload the lower portion of the strength curve, thereby making you stronger in that part of the range giving you the misconception that you're lengthening your bicep. In reality, you're just getting overall thickness to your biceps.

12) Close grip bench works my inner chest

Or ANY exercise for that matter...you CAN NOT work your "inner chest". I actually had a fight with another pro about this. To improve development of your inner chest it is simply necessary to fully shorten your pec muscles. Much like a bicep curl "for peak" forces your muscle to be fully shortened and thereby grow upward, same idea for inner chest.

13) I must touch the floor on stiff leg deadlift for a full range and maximum stretch in my hammies.

Cool you can touch your toes. That doesn't mean that you're getting a greater range in your hamstrings. It often means that you are achieving a greater range via putting your spine in a compromised position. Go only as far as your hamstrings flexibility will allow.

14) When you stop working out, does all that muscle turn to fat?

Clearly every bodybuilder that stops training will turn to a massive fat slob. All that muscle has to go somewhere right? Well, no. Fat and muscle are two completely different entities. Its like turning chicken breasts into donuts. Although it might be cool, I don't see it being likely anytime soon unless you can track down Doc Brown and his flying Delorean.

15) Saturated fat is bad

Actually, saturated fat has never been shown to have any correlation with all the negative things the media might have you believe. Heart disease etc. When it does become bad is when its combined with sugars! Saturated fat on its own actually have many great positive benefits in the body. Hormone production etc.

The Key here is to just get a small amount from natural sources like whole eggs, for example. Don't take this as permission to go to the nearest fast food joint and load up on bad fats as that is NOT what Ben means here. Sorry.

16) Taking glutamine and Whey protein together is bad. They compete.

In fact they can help with increased protein synthesis when combined. In fact glutamine improves immune function and immune function is an indicator of strength. Weak immune system = weak muscles.

17) I'm going to diet and lose body fat before I start weight training

Ok, maybe not said by a lot of bodybuilders, but I still here this idiocy all the time. Listen people, Weight training is THE best way to lose body fat and change composition. Vinny and I can take ANY physique to 10% body fat with weights and diet alone!

18) Can I get a lift off?

If somebody says this before they start, walk away! If you cant lift it on your own, you have no business lifting that weight. The only exception is some crappy old shoulder and incline press benches that make you reach 4 feet behind your head to grab the bar. In such cases I remove #18 ;)

19) Creatine causes cramping and muscle tears.

Nothing even close to that has ever been shown, but the media loves to tell stories that sensationalize everything that they put out.

I'll add to this one: "Creatine causes water retention". Sure it does....but it is INSIDE THE MUSCLE TISSUE which is right where we want it to be!

20) I just can't build my biceps (insert YOUR lagging body part here).

YES you can. You just need to learn HOW to do things properly. They might never be the best in the world, but you can bring up any lagging body part to match the rest of your body with knowledge of proper execution.

Hope these tips help you build the best body you can and that you have a beary safe and great Sunday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab