I was inspired from another post to start a thread that lists the most common myths. Please post myths and common misconceptions and I'll update this post to add them. Hopefully this will stop the loads of questions that come up about the same thing over and over again.
I think it's ok for this thread to also become a huge debate about all of these things. Discussion is how we learn :)
You can work only the upper chest
No. You can't. Someone please post the details about why, and I'll make this more specific.
You can build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
You can, but it's really hard. You must have complete control over your diet.
There is one super routine that makes everyone look better
Everyone is different. What works for you may not work for others.
Steroids instantly make you big.
No. You still have to work your ass off and eat like a horse.
Women instantly get huge and look like men when they lift weights.
Unless they are "enhanced", they will continue to look like muscular women - they lack a Y chromosome.
Weight gainers are practically steroids.
They are food. In fact, they are mostly sugar. They will help you gain weight if it pushes you into caloric excess.
I just can't eat enough!
You're not trying hard enough.
You can spot reduce fat. i.e. How do I lose just the fat around my belly?
In short, you can't. You lose fat from your body as a whole, not a specific spot.
Eggs make your cholestorol bad.
They only do this if you have an existing problem with cholestorol.
Deadlifts cause harm to your back.
They will hur your back if you have improper form. In the long run, having a stronger back will benefit you.
You need supplements to get big
Supplements only substitute when you can't get enough naturally.
You can take fat burner pills and expect to lose weight.
You still have to eat in caloric deficit and workout.
Creatine is bad for you
No it's not unless you have previous kidney problem
Bodybuilding means getting big like Arnold overnight
I wish! Bodybuilding is building muscle mass but it takes a lot of time and dedication as well as some AAS help to be like Arnold.
Liftin gets you big and cardio gets you cut.
Your caloric intake determines everything. Cardio can be used to help create a caloric deficit, but you should depend on it. You could look at cardio as allowing you to eat more and still lose weight.
Woman should train differently than men
Men and woman should train basically the same, just the amount of weight they lift will vary.
Squats are bad for your knees.
Nope. See explanation below.
Lifting weights stunts your growth.
No it doesn't. Could some please provide an explanation as to why?
Please post more myths!