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  • The Truth About Building Muscle – Part I

    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, July 15, 2009in Muscle & Bodybuilding  

    Have you ever gotten to that point in your training where you are doing absolutely everything, yet seeing no results?

    You’re taking the supplements, you’re using the ab exercises and pectoral exercises, you’re following the diet, you’re doing the workout routines, you’re reading the books and watching the videos and yet….Nothing.  Or at the very best, dismal results for the amount of effort and time you’re wasting.

    This dilemma is by far one of the most common frustrations by people who are on a muscle building routine.  Especially for beginners who find it hard to see past the marketing propaganda that is shoved in their faces, or for guys who are getting their “training advice” from pro bodybuilders whose results are a product of an illegal anabolic!

    In this three part series what I will be posting is by far the number one subject I am most passionate about.  We’re going to dispel the myths that surrounding fitness and bodybuilding and present to you the facts that are often “left out” in the search for truth.  We are going to get back to all the basics in the core areas of weight training, diet, supplementation and lifestyle.  Because like anything in life, it’s when ALL the basics are done well, that you will begin to see real results!

    So to start off this series, let’s have a look at some of the more common misconceptions…

    Myth – “To get washboard abs I need to do hundreds of crunches each day.”

    No. Wrong! So, so wrong!

    Lean, cut abs are just a result of losing body fat through a good diet and a solid fat burning workout.  And this does NOT mean losing fat from a specific area. That is impossible.  You can not spot reduce fat from any area you so desire.  So the solution to this problem comes back to basics we were talking about earlier.  Good diet, plus good cardio and weight training will equal low body fat and a toned physique – Simple.

    Myth – “I take a multivitamin and protein supplement so I can eat what ever I want!”

    This is a fantastic approach to poor health and miserable gains.  Your diet is your primary source of nutrition and nothing in a pill or powder form will ever replace that, no matter what the advertisement says.  Supplements are great, but they are not your diet.  They are merely an enhancement to good eating habits.  By eating well in the first place, you give your body the nutrients it needs to become more efficient and in turn it will be able to assimilate any supplements you take far better!

    Myth – “You have to train as regularly as possible to get the best results”

    The answer…is in part II which will be focused on weight training and the lies surrounding it.

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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