While the biggest scam in bodybuilding is the false believe that you can achieve a super muscular body by taking powders, the deception does not end here. Another good way to make money in the industry is to sell gym memberships. And whenever there’s an opportunity to make big money, there are also lies and brainwashing.
The Problem With Commercial Gyms
The goal of every gym owner is to have more clients. That’s why all commercial gyms focus on satisfying the needs of the mass consumer rather than providing valuable training tools. Exercises like squats and deadlifts are often banned, and at some places, the lifter can actually be kicked out of the facility for making too much noise.
The owners prefer their gyms to be like spa centers where people go to talk and maybe do a bicep curl or a triceps kickback. To top it all off, some gyms make you sign one year plus contracts to keep you in the loop.
They want you to be there all the time
Gym owners want their customers to be in the gym 7 days a week. Believe it or not, many people fall into the trap.
Why go to the gym at all?
The main reason to visit a gym is to gain access to training equipment. Most people are poor and live in small apartments. But even if you can afford to buy the needed equipment, deadlifts and squats in an apartment just don’t feel right. In addition, meeting with real people and learning from their mistakes and successes is also a valuable training experience.
Limit Your Gym Days To a Minimum To Save Money
If you want to save some money on gym memberships, it makes sense to limit the days you train there to a minimum.
A popular way to accomplish this task is to train your legs in the gym and do upper body work at home or go to the local bar station. Pull-ups and dips with added weight are word class upper body exercise, and you don’t need much equipment to do them.
You can also do cardio outside or at home. There’s no need to chain yourself to a treadmill. Below are a few popular cardio exercises that you can do without a gym.
– Kettlebell/T-handle swings
– Bodyweight squats
– Walking up and down the stairs
– Bodyweight complexes
But bodybuilders train in the gym every day!?
Not all bodybuilders train in the gym every day. Some train there only a few times a week.
But I am a powerlifter and Boris Sheiko says that I should train often!?
Well, if Borsi Sheiko is your coach, you should follow his advice, but most people will not benefit from spending so much time in the gym. Besides, it’s not even needed to progress.
The powerlifter from the U.S. Dave Jacoby had a very successful career in the sport of powerlifting despite following a very weird schedule. He trained 1-2 times a week because he was a truck driver. He did all three lifts in one day and sometimes dedicated another session to supplementary exercises.