Myths About Muscles

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1st 12 Rep rule

Most weight training program include this much repetitions for gaining muscle. The truth is this approach places the muscles with not enough tension for effective muscle gain.High tension eg heavy weights provides muscle growth in which the muscle grows much larger, leading to the maximum gains in strength. Have longer tension time increases muscle size by generating the structures around the muscle fibers, improving endurance.

The standard prescription of eight to 12 repetitions provides a balance but by just using the program constantly, you do not generate greater tension levels that is provided by the heavier weight and less reps, and the longer tension achieved with lighter weights and several iterations. Change the number of reps and adjust the weights to stimulate all forms of muscle growth.

2nd Three Set rule

The truth is that there is something wrong with three sets, but then again there’s nothing great about it either. The number of sets you perform should be base on your goals and not on a half-century old rule. The more repetitions you do on an exercise, the fewer sets you should do, and vice versa. This keeps the total number of repetitions done of an exercise right.

3rd Three to four exercises per group

The truth is, this is a waste of time. Combined with twelve reps of three sets, the total number of reps amount to 144 If you do this much reps for a muscle group that you are not doing enough. Instead of doing too many varieties of exercises, try doing 30 to 50 reps. It can be anywhere from 2 sets of 15 reps or 5 sets of 10 reps.

4th My knees, my toes

It is a gym folklore that one “should not let your knees go past your toes.” Truth is that leaning forward a little too much is more likely a cause of injury. In 2003, Memphis University researchers confirmed that knee stress was almost thirty percent higher when the knees are allowed to move beyond the toes during a squat.

But hip stress increased nearly 10 times or (1000 percent) when the forward movement of the knee was restricted. Because the squatters needed to lean their body forward and that forces the strain to transfer to the lower back.

Focus on upper body position and less on the knee. Keep the torso in an upright position as much as possible when doing squats and lunges. These reduces the stress generated on the hips and back. To stay upright, before squatting, squeeze your shoulder blades together and hold them in that position and then as you squat, keep the forearms 90 degrees to the floor.

5th Lift weights, draw abs

The truth is that muscles work in groups to stabilize the spine and the most important muscle group change depending on the type of exercise. The transverse abdominis is not always the most important muscle group. In fact, for most exercise, the body automatically activates the muscle group that most need support the spine. So if you focus only on the transverse abdominis, it can recruit wrong muscles and limit the right muscles. This increases the risk of injury, and reduces the weight that can be lifted.

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