Sunday, November 10, 2019

Next 7 : Truth of Fiction? A Look at Bodybuilding Maxims

Next 7 : Truth of Fiction? A Look at Bodybuilding Maxims :
"There's no such thing as overtraining, only undereating and undersleeping"

Another way to state the previous maxim. However, it is possible to have a training schedule which cannot be recovered from, particularly if there is insufficient variation for long periods of time.

"God made Nautilus machines to keep geeks off barbells" (Mike Burgener).

I'm sorry, but I always slip into a grin whenever I hear this one- a guilty pleasure. However, if we're willing to be honest, machines can have a place in everyone's training. The problem is when people use machines as "the path of least resistance," because that's what they are when overused or used for the wrong reasons. Many fitness enterpeneurs have taken the machine psychology a few steps further and have made a lot of money doing so- for example, remember "toning tables"?

"Real athletes sit down between their sets; everyone else sits down during their sets"

A slam against bodybuilders from the weightlifting community. Weightlifters, bodybuilders, and powerlifters have more in common than they usually realize, however.

"Real athletes lift standing up"

Another tear-jerker from the weightlifting community. It refers to the fact that the Olympic lifts (snatch and clean & jerk) are performed in a standing position. It's also a subtle dig against bench pressing, which admittedly
has questionable transfer to most athletic and everyday activities.

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