Muscle Mags

May 25, 2010

A quick note about muscle magazines in general and some muscle-building oriented websites — they are primarily vehicles for supplement advertisement and sales.  This isn’t to say that they are completely useless; it’s just a note about what I feel is their primary function, i.e. to sell supplements for the supplement companies that advertise in them and/or back them via other financial means.

Is there anything good about these publications?  Yes.  They have some pretty good articles on nutrition, some interesting workout information, and plenty of pictures to keep the reader captivated, motivated, and psyched up.  However, if you really want to learn the truth about how the body responds to exercise, books are the way to go.  Specifically, exercise physiology books.  Here’s a good one:

Back to muscle mags and some bodybuilding websites. My primary beef with them is that they fill the minds of people with the dream of attaining a physique like the Mr. Olympia, Mr. Universe, etc. guys whose pictures they feature in their articles and advertisements. They give their readers the impression that they can develop a superhero physique like the men (and women) displayed on their pages if only the reader will eat as they say eat, workout hard and in the manner they say workout, and take the supplements they advertise. What they fail to tell the reader is that every man at the professional bodybuilding level (at the Mr. Olympia and other elite pro-bodybuilding championship level) has two things going for him that the average joe does not:

1. They are genetically blessed with a propensity to build muscle and with a body that is well-shaped
2. They ALL use performance enhancing drugs, i.e. steroids and/or growth hormone, etc.

So, the reality is that NO ONE will wind up looking like Mr. Olympia or Ms. Olympia with hard work and good nutrition alone. But, this isn’t meant to discourage those of you that want to develop a nice physique. You can certainly do that with hard work, appropriate rest (both sleep AND rest between workouts), and good nutrition. Also by exercising, getting good rest and eating right you can maximize your health, which is something that many high-level bodybuilders do NOT do.

In summary, when it comes to many of the bodybuilding publications, don’t believe the hype! Instead, believe in the truth and effectiveness of common-sense approaches to health and fitness — exercise, good nutrition, and adequate rest — take advantage of them, and reap the rewards.


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4 Responses to “Muscle Mags”

  1. Great post. This is not only true of muscle magazines, but for many fashion and “health” magazines. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a picture of a beautiful thin woman with a totally flat toned tummy on the cover of a magazine with a cation that says something like “flatten your tummy in just 10 days!” It gives people false hope. Sure, the exercises may help people to eventually have a “flatter” abdomen if followed religiously for at least several months, but only about .000001% of the population is going to be able to see a difference in 10 days. Thanks for getting this information out there.

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  2. Hi Darryl

    You’re so right about the muscle magazines these days. They are basically supplement catalogs with a few articles squeezed in there.

    Look at a muscle magazine from the 70’s and you’ll see tht they used to be about 70% content & 30% advertising. But nowadays they seem to be the exact opposite of that.

    Long live books!

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  3. Hi Darryl,

    I like how you point that out about physical fitness magazines. I had heard that and certainly noticed that previously. You pointing out the super usefulness of physiology books is excellent. I had not realized that formerly.


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  4. Lynn Lane says:

    Been some time since I’ve been here. Hey..I believe you are so right on. Nothing beats hard work..good food…and plenty of rest!!!

    I hear so many people after they look at a muscle mag say…”I don’t ever want to look like that” many women think that they will get “bulky” if they train. As you pointed out before…that ain’t going to happen.

    Good post Darryl. See ya later!

    PS. I got my MMAConditioning Coaches Cert. last month. Maybe we can plan a mma boot camp together. 😉

    Lynn Lane
    Warrior Of Success



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