Are Fitness Pros Making Weightlifters And Bodybuilders Wimps?


If a powerlifter or bodybuilder from the 1970’s or 1980’s walked into the average gym today they’d be horrified. Watching the people exercising would make them think they were in aBuy D-Bal Max foreign country, one where their strength athletes were either sadly lacking in muscle education or, quite simply, wimps.

Back then, they knew that you needed to tear down your muscles to make them rebuild bigger and stronger – just as bodybuilding and powerlifting athletes do today. What’s different today is the expectation of what the body can survive and recover from, and just how to push your body to those limits safely.

These days fitness pros, bodybuilding magazines, gyms and even certified personal trainers will tell you the optimal workout, whether for muscle mass or strength training, ranges from 30 minutes to an hour. They’ll tell you that you can’t lift heavy enough and go any longer than that, and that if you’re not exhausted after an hour your weights are too light. They’ll tell you that weightlifting for more than an hour produces too much cortisol that destroys your gains.

Really?

Dane Fletcher, editor of the Primal Muscle blog, recently posted this about Arnold Schwarzenegger and his early training: