Dorian Yates puts an end to popular bodybuilding myths

Despite the fact that we have limitless information at our fingertips, there are still a ton of misconceptions and myths about bodybuilding. Fortunately, Dorian Yates is here to shatter some of those myths and expose the truth.

With six Olympia wins on his resume, it’s safe to say that Yates knows a thing or two about what it means to be a successful bodybuilder. This is knowledge he has strived to pass on to others, recently launching his own training program and regularly sharing tips for aspiring athletes.

He did it again recently, with a video posted to his Youtube channel. Although this time around he didn’t offer any training advice, instead, choose to put an end to a few myths about bodybuilding and what happens when you gain weight.

Dorian Yates says heavy lifting is relative

The first myth that Dorian Yates broke down was the idea that you have to lift heavy weights to build muscle. That said, this response was not in black and white, as he explained.

Dorian says heavy is relative, so what is heavy for one person is light work for another. The goal is to push yourself safely and do high repetition workouts with a full range of motion., and this is the best way to gain mass.

“It’s true to some extent, but heavy is a relative term. Heavy on one person may not be heavy on the other. Also, heavy lifting for low reps, 2, 3, 4, reps is good for building power, for building strength, but it’s not effective for building muscle, ”said Yates.

“So yes, you have to use heavy weights, they have to be progressive, but within the limits of the correct performance of the exercises. Control the weight, control the negative, go through a full range of motion and keep the time under tension to a point. So a certain number of repetitions or time that you are energized.

Over the years, we’ve found that using the right form, the right pace, somewhere between 6 and 12 reps, is the best for building muscle. So yes, you have to use heavier and heavier weights, but you can also use too much weight… It’s all about progressive overload.

Strength training can decrease flexibility

The next myth that Dorian Yates examined was the idea that weight training can reduce your flexibility. He says this is largely true, although there are things that can be done to limit the effects.

“Yes, it can, if you don’t do the exercises with full movement. So from full stretch to full contraction. This is how you should proceed. If you do short, partial movements, your body will get used to moving within that range of motion. So if you do full movements, full stretches, and full contractions, weight training will not decrease your flexibility.

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Again, that was helpful advice from Dorian Yates, one of the sport’s most insightful people. It’s great to see him give back to sport like that.

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