Building 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).