You will probably think this article does not apply to you since you don’t consider yourself a bodybuilder. That’s because people have a wrong understanding of what bodybuilding really is. If you are trying to improve the physical condition of your body, you are a bodybuilder. You don’t have to be a 250 lbs monster in order to consider yourself a bodybuilder. If your grandmother is training to improve her body composition for the better, she should also be considered a bodybuilder. So, here are the biggest bodybuilding mistakes people make.
1.Falling for marketing tricks.
Marketing will be marketing because it works. The good old marketing tricks will forever be around in the human world. There’s a reason why the idea of having ‘.99’ prices is still relevant. It works.
The bodybuilding world uses many different ways to manipulate a customer into buying something. The most commonly one would be to promise the client incredible results with little effort. There’s no such thing as big results, small efforts. Small efforts could lead to big results but only after you’ve paid your taxes with previously BIG efforts.
If a program promises to make you a ninja and a successful broker on the stock market, it’s a scam. Stay away from shady one page sites selling you the secret to six pack abs and endless amount of wealth.
2.Spending money on supplements.
The entire muscle industry is built on the back of the supplement market. There’s a reason why every retired professional such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dorian Yates and Ronnie Coleman starts a supplement line. That’s one of the best way to monetize their name so to speak.
However, the fact that a box of protein powder is signed by a retired IFBB pro does not mean that the content is worth more than a tic-tac. A good way to approach the supplement games is to ask yourself: ‘If I feel and look the same way with or without my supplements, why am I spending so much money on things that bring nothing to the table?’
3.Not trusting your mother.
When your mother told you that you were getting fat on that dirty bulking diet, she was right. You should listen to her more often. Sometimes it’s harder to see your own mistakes because you don’t have the luxury to observe yourself from the side – something that your mother loves doing because ‘she wants only the best for you.’
4.Imitating the guys from Hollywood.
When most kids start working out they imitate what they’ve seen in the brainwashing movies of Hollywood. The movie of choice depends on the year the kid is born. Mimicking your super hero is wrong because movies are fake and when you follow a hollow and empty plan you will only have hollow and empty results. Say no to Hollywood propaganda.
5.Training for others.
This one if the hardest of all to beat, but it won’t hurt to try. Forget what others are thinking about you and train because it feels right to you – not to impress the bimbos around. Those who love you should do so for who you are and not for what you have. Easier said than done, but it’s important to understand that concept before attempting suicide because you have small arms.
6.Making training more complicated than it actually is.
Training is not a very difficult activity to understand. You lift things up under proper form and put them down. You do that often and the body adapts. Sometimes it’s better to just lift instead of constantly thinking and over-analyzing which way is the best way. There’s no such thing as best way.
7.Reading bodybuilding magazines for educational purposes.
Bodybuilding magazines in paper form suck. They are full of advertisement and naked men in thongs, sorry posing trunks. The articles are usually written by ghost writers who do serious efforts to make the bodybuilding meat heads sound less mentally challenged. If you are reading the popular magazines in the hope to find the truth about bodybuilding, you are doing it wrong.
Don’t trust anybody and always put to test what people say. Because somebody has said something that does not make it right nor wrong. Most people in general have an agenda behind which they hide. To some point there’s nothing wrong with it because some form of personal protection is needed to survive in this cold world. However, be vigilant and you will save yourself a lot of frustration and financial losses.
9.Subscribing to a doctrine.
Different gurus want you to do different things. One say this is better and the other one says something else is better. What is it in the end? Never follow anybody religiously in this world. Many of the final information is poisoned the same way Christianity was poisoned through out the centuries and what we have right now is nothing more than a control system called ‘the church’.
10.Doing stupid exercises.
Don’t do stupid exercises. They are stupid and don’t work. Focus on proven exercises and let the gimmicks to the desperate housewives who have no better things to do than obsess over their Facebook status. Focus on solid lifts – the human body operates only one way and its basic mechanics will remain the same for a long, long time.