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Myths about supplements and training

Myth busting!

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GOOD TO MIX CREATINE WITH CAFFEINE?

Now who the hell thought of this one? We hear that a supplement company decided to "save" a little on costs, so they ordered some really cheap Creatine. What they didn't realise (or did, but just decided to ignore it), was that cheap Creatine doesn't work! (well, there's a surprise!) So anyway, the owner of the company, we will call him Mr Savapenny, sits in his straw chair for hours, thinking what could he do to salvage the situation. "Aha!" he thinks. "Let's tell people to mix it with Caffeine. That will give them a boost and what the hell, they are just stupid enough to mistake the caffeine rush for a Creatine rush!" Well, there you have it! Science shows that Caffeine hinders the absorption of Creatine, but Mr Savapenny's customers swear by his amazing combination!

MIX CREATINE WITH WARM WATER FOR A REAL KICK?!

This one is a good one. It is such a strong belief in some people, that if you disagree with them you are almost guaranteed a fight! For those of you who follow "scientific" developments, you will no-doubt know that to get the best results from Creatine Monohydrate, you should mix it with some kind of dextrose-rich juice (apple, grape). So why water, and warm water at that? One of out colleagues in the industry had a definite idea behind this story. He said the water part came from those who either didn't want to spend the money on expensive juices (customers) or those who didn't want to tell their customers the part about how they had to spend even more money on juice every day (sellers). As for the "warm" part, the theory is that yet another company decided to jump on Mr Savapenny's bandwagon and manufacture cheap Creatine which did not mix properly. So, what the hell, let's tell people to mix it with warm water so at least a little bit of the "rock" dissolves! We won't even go into the fact that warm water has a faster transportation time in your system, which means even less of the Creatine will get absorbed! Get the idea?

FOLLOW THE HARDCORE TRAINING METHOD AND TRAIN YOUR BUTT OFF EVERY DAY!

Yeah fine, but not if you are natural. Hello, are you listening? For those of you who read the mainstream bodybuilding magazines and think that it is productive to train every body part 3-4 times a week and do ten million sets per exercise, THINK AGAIN! The routines in these magazines are for bodybuilders who are "assisted" by chemical juices (we are not talking processed orange juice here!). It has been proven, time and time again that as a natural bodybuilder, you will make better gains it you let each bodypart rest for 5-7 days. Nutrition and rest are a very big part of bodybuilding and should never be taken for granted. Are you one of these people who train arms every other day and think that if you take a day's break, you are going to shrink? Well think again! Chances are, you are probably over-trained, under-fed, over-anxious to get big, in a catabolic state and going nowhere in a hurry! This is not going to be a long lecture on correct training. The point is very simple and any "experienced" natural bodybuilder will tell you. DON'T OVERTRAIN! It will not help you. Forget about the routines you read about in the magazines. Stick to a basis split routine of the exercises that "you" have found to work for you. Train each bodypart once (maximum twice) a week, but train it HARD! Don't do any anaeorobic (bodybuilding) exercise for longer than 50 minutes. Rest and eat plenty! 90% of people who complain about not putting any size on do not eat properly.

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