Myth 1: You should crush yourself with every workout.
The idea that "if some are good, more must be better," permeates the community of Meadead folks, and many lifters believe they beat the shit every day on their own.
In fact, most of the strong people in their first years of education go through a period in which they treat every workout like their last and refuse to take a break for fear of losing all their progress.
I was there myself, thinking that the overload phase of a lifter's career is invaluable in order to convey a good work ethic. Sooner or later, however, all strong lifters will find – either due to injury, burnout, or just on the advice of experienced lifters ̵
Sometimes when life is busy and stress is high, a break or at least a step back is the best choice you can make to sustain profits.
Myth 2: When you leave the gym, you should feel better when you came in.
This feeling was probably born to combat the idea that people judge the effectiveness of their training by how close they are to death. I understand that, but as with many other things, the idea is well meant, but it goes in the opposite direction.
If you do not just stretch and lather, you will not feel better at the gym than when you get in. If so, then you have to train harder. After all, it's a gym, not a spa, where they put hot stones on the bumper.
I understand the backlash against training people who usually kill themselves, but you still have to train hard and push yourself, unless of course you're cool if you're mediocre.
A good workout should keep you gassed temporarily, but it should not leave you day crippled or crushed. Like most things in life, the answer lies somewhere between the extremes.
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