There will always be myths about bodybuilding but like most myths they are 9 parts fantasy and 1 part truth. These are just 8 of the most common myths:
Myth 1: Your muscles will turn to fat the soon as you stop working
There is no physiological mechanism by which muscles magically convert to fat when one stops working out for some reason. What happens, however, is that many of the gains in muscle mass will be lost from the lack of stimulation. So what you have is often a loss of muscle and an increase in body fat due to lack of exercise coupled with excess calories.
Myth 2: Pros eat clean all year round
This myth can be blamed on the bodybuilding publications of who want the readers to think their heroes eat low fat healthy “clean” foods year round. This has often led to newbie types attempting to get all the calories they require for growth from baked chicken, rice, and vegetables. Of course getting – say – 4000 plus calories (or more) from such foods is virtually impossible. The reality of it is that bodybuilders during their off season eat pizza, cheeseburgers, and other junk food. Big people require plenty of calories and calorie-dense foods are the only way to get them. Now I can’t comment on every pro’s diet as I don’t know them all, and I am sure some of them have cleaner diets then others off-season.
Myth 3: Bodybuilders are not strong
Only people who have never stepped into a gym make such stupid statements. There are people using weights that had to be seen to be believed: 600lb front squats for reps, incline bench presses with 500lbs for reps, and seated presses with 400lbs for reps, etc. No, not all bodybuilders are nearly that strong, but any bodybuilder worth his salt is still considerably stronger then the average person. Some bodybuilders compete in both power lifting and bodybuilding and often do well in both.
Myth 4: Bodybuilders are all gay
As with the last myth, this one does not warrant much space. It’s my experience the bodybuilding community is gay as often as the general public. No more, no less, and how much muscle a person has does not seem to affect the rate one way or another.
Myth 5: Anyone can look like a pro bodybuilder if they take enough drugs
If this were true, people in gyms all over the world would look like pro bodybuilders. The major difference between a high level bodybuilder and everyone else is their genetics, the one thing they have no control over. Yes, drug use is a fact of life in bodybuilding and many other sports, and yes, nutrition and training play a role; but if you don’t have the genes for it, all the steroids in the world won’t get you anywhere.
Myth 6: Bodybuilders are all Narcissistic
Well OK, this one has a ring of truth to it. Truth be known, bodybuilders can be some of the most narcissistic people you will ever meet, but they are not all that way. Some are humble, down-to-Earth people, but let’s be honest, some narcissism is necessary for the course in bodybuilding.
Myth 7: Bodybuilders have small penises and they try to make up for that with big muscles
Clearly, this one is directed at the male bodybuilders. It’s the same as men in general some are big, some small, while most are in the middle or “normal.” One argument can be made is that a big guy with a normal-sized member will look smaller then a skinny guy with a normal sized member. It’s all in the proportions.
Myth 8: I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to get huge
Women, more often then men usually state this. It’s just an excuse for people not to exercise. As discussed above, very few people have the genetics to achieve even above normal levels of muscle mass. It’s not like anyone ever woke up one day bulging with muscles they didn’t expect. And if you are one of those rare people who put on muscle relatively easily consider yourself lucky.