01-05-2011, 02:25 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Training Exp: 12 years
Training Type: Bodybuilding
Fav Exercise: Dead Lifts
Fav Supp: Cellucor M5
Originally Posted by BendtheBar
This is a conversation I have nearly every day. It's not meant to poke fun at anyone, but rather to shine a light on common misconceptions.
Guy X: I don't want to build muscle. I just want to get ripped. What cardio and diet should I use.
Me: First and foremost you need to focus on training hard with weights. If you don't, you will risk losing muscle while cutting, leaving you thin but with a less than appealing physique.
Guy X: But I don't want to look like a bodybuilder.
Me: You won't, that takes years and years and years. And even then, if you are a natural, you will still be well over 60-75 pounds lighter than most Olympia contenders.
Guy X: Ok, so how long do I lift weights?
Me: If you want to look good, and keep your existing muscle, you can't stop training.
Guy X: Wha????
Me: The second you stop training, you are telling your body that existing muscle isn't needed while cutting. To maintain a nice physique, you must put in a continuous effort, even if bodybuilding isn't a goal.
Guy X: Ok, so I will do crunches and curls and pec dec and lat pulldowns...
People man are just insane they think they dont have to put in the work! Drives me insane!
IF YOU GOT A DREAM GO GET IT PERIOD!