This piece is targeted towards all those mard hazraat who are tired of seeing women related posts everywhere when it comes to keeping your body fit (like, why even?) When it comes to having a perfectly healthy body, Pakistani men are either way too skinny or they carry around with a bulging tonnd. There isn’t much in between and if you are somewhere in the middle, you, my friend, are very lucky! So maybe your khaala ki beti finally agreed to having you as her husband and now you decide to work on those abs a bit (what might currently be nothing more than a bouncy blob of belly fat), you begin to share your plans of hitting the gym soon and what do you get?
Heaps of advice from all the men around you (even those who have never been to the gym their entire life). What do you believe and what should you just let go of? The following myths about gaining muscle are all you need to know.
Myth #1: No Pain No Gain
Haven’t we all heard this phrase at some point in our lives? Where most of us would continue believing that the heavier and more often you lift the more you gain, the truth is somewhat different. When you lift way beyond your limit, you are only injuring yourself. That definitely doesn’t mean that working out would be all fun and games with zero discomforts. But you need to keep an eye out for ‘all damage and zero growth’ because you certainly do not want that.
Myth #2: Lifting Turns Your Fat Into Muscle
For starters, everyone needs to understand that fat and muscles are two very separate entities, period. Yes, they do accompany each other but neither gets transformed into the other. When you go on without working out, your muscles get smaller in size and the layer of fat remains around the muscle. Vice versa when you do start working out.
Myth #3: The More Protein, The More Muscle
Our bodies build muscle as a result of the process of protein synthesis, which is definitely dependent on protein itself. But, what matters is not the amount of it that you are consuming but is rather the time at which it is being consumed. Apart from that, proteins alone aren’t sufficient, you need carbs as well.
Myth #4: The More Reps, The More Muscle
Yes, the more sets of exercises you include in your workout routine, the more you are fueling the process of protein synthesis. But in no way is it linked to the size of your muscles or you gaining that size or muscle mass in any way. The size of the muscle is all depending on the amount of muscular fiber it contains.
Myth #5: Target One Muscle Group Per Day
How many times have you heard those gym dudes captioning their Instagram photos saying ‘Hashtag leg day’ or ‘Hashtag chest day’? The entire concept of working on one group of muscles each day is surely attractive, but not highly efficient. The focus on what kind of exercises are being done needs to be replaced with the number of repetitions. That is when you would be giving yourself the real challenge. So why not replace one leg day a week to two leg days