14 Muscle Misconceptions: The Truth About Building Muscle

ArnoldBicepsBuilding muscle is about learning how to train your body in the most optimal way possible.  In the gym, these are by far the biggest muscle building misconceptions I have encountered and continue to encounter not only from newcomers but also from intermediate lifters as well.

1. Longer Workouts Produce More Results

False.  And here’s why:

A solid workout should last between 45 minutes and an hour.  If a normal workout for you greatly exceeds this time frame, you need to step back and take a look at how you’re spending your time in the gym – more often than not, those individuals that brag about spending hours at the gym spend half of their time gossiping and catching up with fellow gym-goers and therefore have rest periods that are simply too long between their sets.  A shorter, more intense workout is not only more efficient time wise, but will also net you better results.  The key is to exhaust the muscle via hypertrophy, so allowing a long amount of time for your muscles to recover between sets is counterproductive (unless you are specifically training for strength).

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