1.Thinking that you can become as big as Ronnie Coleman naturally.
Many moons ago, a “genius” on the forum of T-Nation expressed one of the most brainless bodybuilding ideas ever. The individual in question said that anybody can become as big as Ronnie Coleman naturally if there was no aging and the lifespan of human beings was longer.
I am almost sorry to inform you that even if you live 5000 years, you won’t get as big as Ronnie Coleman naturally.
In order for the body to acquire this level of development, the testosterone levels have to increase and catalyze an extreme synthesis of protein. If that condition is not met, it’s impossible to achieve anything beyond your natural genetic potential regardless of how long you train.
Naturals are not on the smaller side because they don’t have time. Naturals are small because the pre-programed synthesis of protein within the body does not reach the highs where steroids can take you.
2.Thinking that powerlifters are natural because they lift heavy.
The initial goal of all lifters is to build muscle. Even the guys who switch to powerlifting secretly hope that heavy lifting and the big three (bench press, squat, deadlift) will make them huge.
Many delusional powerlifters believe that they can overcome the limitation of natural training and achieve the impossible. There are even unaware individuals who assume that the mass of powerlifters is simply the result of heavy lifting and “ground-breaking” programming. Well, sorry. Powerlifters are not natural. They use tons of gear.
In the image above, you see the famous powerlifter Kirk Karwoski. In the photo, he weighs about 280lbs at 5’8″ @ 11% BF.
3.Thinking that anything under 200lbs is small
Many of Mark Rippetoe’s followers believe that a man under 200lbs represents a fragile bitch of the highest order.
Well, sorry. A man can weigh less than 200lbs and still carry a lot of muscle. To tell you the truth, unless you are 6’3″ or more, you will never be over 200lbs naturally unless you are fat.
Former bodybuilders like Frank Zane, Sammir Bannout and Rich Gaspari competed in Mr. Olympia while weighing under 200lbs.
Don’t be a slave to numbers. Quality over quantity.
4.Hoping that the pros will show you the road to mass.
Many patients who keep on swallowing the blue pill think that they are small due to their “inefficient” routines and listen carefully to the big bodybuilders
I am almost sorry to inform you, but you are not small because of your routine. You are small in comparison to your idols because you are natural.
Moreover, the pros will never tell you the secrets in public. This is why I consider most bodybuilding seminars a blue pill of the highest order. You are paying money to hear that the squat builds legs, the bench builds chest, and the pull-up builds lats. Get serious.
5.Extreme Fear Of Muscle Imbalances
Each week there’s a new movement designed to prevent an imbalance. As a result, people get confused and do too many exercises.
Don’t be scared. If you are doing a pull, a push and a squat, you won’t suffer from any imbalances. Only add exercises when you know with certainty that you are getting something in return.
6.Believing that you can build 18-inch arms naturally.
Most natural bodybuilders don’t have arms bigger than 16 inches in a lean condition.
Of course, there’s always a guy who supposedly has 21-inch biceps “at no more than 10-15% body fat”, but when you actually meet the guy, it usually turns out that his arms are actually 19 inches measured with a loose tape after a hardcore pump whereas his body fat is 25% if you close one of your eyes.
7. Suffering From Protein OCD
Many bodybuilders go into panic mode after spending more than a few hours without a source of protein. Thankfully, the body is more resilient than one might think. You will have to starve for a lot longer to lose muscle. Get rid of your protein OCD.