For triathlon coach Patrick Joson, people’s reason for bulking up is often “cosmetic—a personal [decision] for them, unless they’re training.”
Sometimes, however, bulking up means taking the wrong route—and sometimes going to extremes. Joson explains that the idea or goal is to be able to carry the weight or be agile. “I go for functional movement. If it’s within the lifestyle, which includes carrying a lot of weights—for example, the soldiers—then it’s okay.”
Symmetry and balance should also be found in training, he adds. “The body should progress based on the activity. At the end of the day, it’s about balance.” He said losing the equilibrium may cause injuries in persons. “It defeats the purpose … Is that still being healthy?”
Certain body parts would require keeping up if the person decides to, say, bulk up his chest. “The lower back, the abdominals all need to carry that.” Beyond the muscle building, some people also go for training and exercise for the sake of fitness. Sometimes it has to do with the mindset.
“Some people have twisted goals. Health is different from fitness. The latter is the capacity of the person to do a certain thing. Say, a person can be fit to do a 10-kilometer marathon, but he may not also be considered healthy,” he reveals.
Joson also sees the problem when people rush the results, which is why some use the wrong way of dieting, spend hours and hours in the gym to bulk up and then use the concept of a “cheat day.”
“Too fast, too soon, too many. We cram things. We like the instant effect,” he said. But being healthy and fit isn’t an instantaneously achieved result.
Asked for examples of other myths in training, the triathlon coach immediately answers: “Carbohydrate loading,” or overindulging in carbohydrate-rich food before a running event. Some claim it boosts the endurance of athletes.
For Joson, though, one doesn’t need large amounts of food before a big event. “We can only store a limited amount of glycogen in our system. That’s why you need to refuel all throughout the event.” When one also does a workout, he or she uses glycogen—which is the primary source of energy for muscles.
A quick look at training and fitness websites describe other workout myths: