4 Dumbest Things Ever Said by Bodybuilders


1) Close-grip bench works my inner chest.

No exercise for that matter can work your “inner chest.” I actually had a fight with another pro about this. To improve development of your inner chest, it is simply necessary to fully shorten your pec muscles. Much like a biceps curl “for peak” forces your muscle to be fully shortened and thereby grow upward, same idea goes for inner chest.

2) Fasted cardio burns more fat.

Nope! Never been proven. Ever. In fact, it has been shown that cardio (or any exercise) done after consuming calories has a greater thermogenic effect, that is, more calories are burned.

3) I’m training to stretch my fascia.

Umm, fascia does not stretch! It’s a proven fact that fascia has the tensile strength of steel. It may expand, much like muscle does when it gets warm, and become more pliable, but as soon as it cools, it’s right back to where it started. Fascia grows in much the same way muscle does. You may break fascial adhesions, which gives the illusion of expansion or greater range (this is a great thing!), but unfortunately it’s not stretching to allow for muscle growth, peeps. Volumize your muscle via training, and the fascia will see a need to adapt and expand or grow.

4) I must touch the floor on stiff-leg deadlifts for a full range and to maximize stretch in my hamstrings.

Cool, you can touch your toes. That doesn’t mean that you’re getting a greater range in your hamstrings. It often means you’re achieving a greater range via putting your spine in a compromised position. Go only as far as your hamstrings’ flexibility will allow.