If you are serious about burning off body fat, packing on lean muscle tissue and continually getting stronger, you need to do the right things in and out of the gym to make it happen. In my experience most people who are attempting to lose fat, build muscle and get strong make a few crucial mistakes that keep them from ever achieving their goal of a leaner, muscular physique they can be proud of
These are the same mistakes I used to make and a large part of that came from being misinformed.
I too learned to train under a bodybuilding paradigm which promotes some pretty HUGE myths about what it takes to get a great physique.
These myths had me wasting precious hours in the gym and sent me on a wild goose chase of trying to build muscle and get lean. If you are having a hard time doing the same the good news is it’s not your fault.
You’ve probably fallen prey to the myths of training perpetuated by the bodybuilding industry too.
Today we are gonna shatter those myths and get you on the right track
Before we talk about look at solutions lets look at what some of these myths are
1: Bulking and Cutting
Ugh… Is there anything more antiquated than this whole bulking and cutting mentality?
I can’t tell you how many years I wasted going back and forth between these 2 phases of training. In the winters I would train with tons of volume, then eat my face off all in the hopes of gaining mounds and mounds of muscle… and though I did get bigger, most of what I had gained was fat mixed with a little bit of muscle. The weights hardly ever got heavier and when they did, it would come at the expense of my waist line and ability to move.
Then when spring came I would start cutting down by reducing my calories and changing my style of training to higher repetition endurance style of training so I could melt off the fat I had accumulated over the previous training phase
I a perpetual cycle of getting fat and unhealthy and busting my ass trying to lose all of the weight only to look like I had the previous year before I’d started bulking.
There had to be a better way… luckily I found it but before I share that with you let’s look at the second big mistake most people make when trying to lose fat and gain muscle
2: Performing High Intensity Cardio
I know, I know… HIIT is the sacred cow of fat loss training or at least that’s what the industry tells us but from what I’ve personally seen… to much HIIT can actually work against you when it comes to dropping weight.
I told you how I tried everything to get lean before right?
I did all of this HIIT workouts just like the books and magazines had advised. I started with the short interval training sessions lasting no longer than 20 minutes and for a short while it seemed to work. After a few weeks on this style of training I started to notice that my body was actually reversing the fat loss and I was starting to gain fat around the mid-section. I was freaked the f*ck out and decided to do a little bit of research.
As it turns out HIIT can have an adverse affect on your central nervous system and your bodies ability to cope with stress. This negative affect tends to happen when you are doing other kinds of high intensity training.
The HIIT combined with the intense weight training I was doing in the gym actually caused my body a stress response and in turn my body pumped out tons of cortisol leading to fat accumulation around my mid section
As you can imagine I put that to an end, luckily my buddy Henry showed me a simpler easier way to melt away body fat which I will reveal to you tomorrow. Okay let’s look at the final and most costly mistake people make when trying to lose body fat and build muscle
3: Choosing the WRONG strength training program
That never worked. All the high rep training stuff did was give me a bit of a pump but it never brought about the promised leanness or vascularity like the magazines were saying.
As I learned a bit more on the subject I started to believe the whole total body training principle. you know the one where you alternate between upper and lower body exercises with short rest intervals.
Did it work?
Hell yeah…I dropped fat faster than I had ever had before but it came at a price. This approach to training literally zapped me of my strength and made me as weak as a newborn kitten.
What was the point of using weights to lose fat if I was gonna end up weaker than I had ever started… I dunno, I take pride in my strength. Had it not been for an urgent call from my buddy who just happened to be surfing Facebook at the right time, I might have continued along this path of losing weight and sacrificing strength.
I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow too.
In the meantime if you haven’t checked out yesterdays update you can get your hands on it HERE
Alright man, talk later