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Exactly what would happen if pandering to your instincts was an option? During an exercise set, you would stop performing well before you stimulated any muscle growth. The human body is a homeostatic organism. It will do everything in its power to maintain status quo. For example, instinctive hunger pains precede your body’s actual need for food by several hours.
In case of intense exercise, body is quick to recognize onset of a challenging workload. It will do everything it can to prevent you from performing additional exercise. The instinctual body dreads point of momentary exhaustion. You must be aware of this destructive self-talk, so that you can push onwards to bigger gains and better gains.
There is of course a definite limit in your training that you shouldn’t go beyond. However, this limitation only applies to quantity of exercise performed, not intensity of effort. Exhausting your body’s ability to recover is only real, potentially life threatening concern. However, maximizing intensity of effort is an absolute requirement for achieving super-fast muscle gains. Using your questionable instincts to guide your training program will not produce maximum muscle gains. No gains at all, is most likely outcome from just such actions.
Another misguided and dangerous myth involves use of ‘growth drugs’ or anabolic steroids. Unfortunately, drug use is widespread among athletes, bodybuilders and individuals looking for a performance advantage. The health risks associated with consuming steroids are severe. Compared to risks, benefits just aren’t worth it.
Besides, using these types of drugs is totally unnecessary. The only exception is someone who has them prescribed by a doctor for medical reasons. Steer clear of these substances if you are healthy and wish to remain so. Essentially, majority of ‘performance enhancing’ drugs are synthetic hormones.
Even though increased dosages of these drugs can boost recovery ability, they are not required for incredible muscle gains. On contrary, most bodybuilders who use drugs, must do so simply because they are training too often. I guess ignorance is bliss. At least until you suffer a stroke, and end up in a wheelchair.
The dangers in using ‘performance enhancing’ drugs are obvious. The benefits and damaging side effects associated with their consumption is still greatly unknown. Controlled testing has not been widespread. The jury is still out on long term effects of these drugs. My advice, avoid steroid use completely.
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