|01-05-2011, 02:10 PM||#1|
Bearded Beast of Duloc
Join Date: Jul 2009
Training Exp: 20+ years
Training Type: Powerbuilding
Fav Exercise: Deadlift
Fav Supp: Butter
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...
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