Natural Muscle Gain: 4 Fatal Myths

By: Sean Nalewanyj

Everyone has their own two cents about natural muscle gain, so if you're really committed to it, be careful whom you listen to. Trying to find a credible source for natural muscle gain can be difficult since there are a lot of people who don't have a clue and are simply trying to sell you programs, pills, and powders that you don't need.

To achieve natural muscle gain, be sure to stay away from these 4 bodybuilding myths.

Myth #1: To create muscle, you have to get a "pump" during your workout. A bigger pump means more muscles.

For newbies, a "pump" is that sensation you get working while with weights that comes when blood gets trapped in the muscle tissue. You will feel bigger, tighter, stronger, and more powerful because your muscles will swell up.

Although a pump feels great, it doesn't do much to help your muscles get bigger. Having more blood transfer to the muscle tissue is what causes the pump, and it has nothing to do with the success of your workout.

The only way that you can judge whether or not a workout was successful is through progression. If you were able to lift more weight or perform more reps than you did in the previous week, then you did your job and are well on your way toward natural muscle gain.

Natural Muscle Gain Myth #2: Once you start building muscle, your speed and flexibility go out the window.

Contrary to what you may think, building a significant amount of lean muscle mass will actually speed you up rather than slow you down.

Your muscles are responsible for all of your movements, from throwing to running or jumping. It's not hard to understand how having stronger, more muscular legs would mean that you are able to go faster on foot, just as cultivating bigger and more muscular shoulders gives you the ability to throw farther.

Natural Muscle Gain Myth #3: Your form should be textbook perfect, no exceptions.

While using good form in the gym is always important, obsessing over perfect form is an entirely different matter.

If you are stuck on following textbook form, you are actually increasing your odds of getting hurt while decreasing the full amount of muscle stimulation you could have achieved. It's critical to be sure that you move in a natural manner when you are exercising.

For example, when executing bicep curls you can add a slight sway to your back or try using a little body momentum if you are working on barbell rows.

Natural Muscle Gain Myth #4: "Feeling the burn" is a strong indicator that your muscles are getting bigger.

This is another baseless myth. The "burning" sensation is nothing more than lactic acid (a metabolic waste) secreting into your muscle tissue when you workout.

Increased levels of lactic acid do nothing for muscle growth, and may actually slow down your gains. Most people do reps in a range of 12 and above, but if you stick to a lower 5 to 7 rep-range, you can limit your lactic acid production.

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