Secrets Bodybuilders Don’t Want You To Know

Secrets Bodybuilders Don’t Want You To Know


– [Narrator] Bodybuilding
and gym culture are in, and they seem to be only
growing in popularity. People have gone jogging in
super brightly colored jackets in the 80s, but now it’s all
about hitting the weights and eating a ton of chicken. That being said, there’s some shady things about the bodybuilding world
that you should be aware of. Keep watching to find out the
secrets behind the industry before you start chugging
a load of protein powder. – Amazing. – [Narrator] Number 10,
supplementation scams. The whole supplement
industry is built on the idea that you need to supplement your diet, it’s right there in the name. Selling supplements is the
number one way that bodybuilders, as well as other fitness
gurus, actually make money. In reality, however, the
average person simply does not need to supplement their
diet with anything. Decades of scientific
research has failed to produce any substantial evidence
that supplements and vitamins actually do anything
significant to your body. Special protein powders
and other supplements aren’t why bodybuilders are so giant. Bodybuilders get most of their protein from eating actual food
that is high in protein like chicken, beef, and fish. Aesthetically speaking,
supplements have come a long way from the old Flintstones tablets, and you can get cool-looking
ones that are transparent and have tons of little balls inside, but the reality is that they just don’t really do all that much. Some bodybuilding supplements
can even be dangerous, despite not really doing anything. Number nine, fake weights. You’ve no doubt seen the
slew of attractive Instagram and YouTube fitness E-celebrities, who seemingly make a living
simply by posting pictures and videos of themselves working out. Well, some of them may
not actually be as strong as they would like you to think. There’s recently been a lot
of pretty compelling cases of these fitness gurus getting called out for using fake weights. Basically, the idea is that your advice, your supplements, your whatever,
seem a lot more legitimate if you yourself are really strong. If you’re not actually really strong, then you can just make people
think you’re really strong, by using weights that are
actually lighter than they look. Perhaps the best example of
this is Gracyanne Barbosa, a Brazilian Instagram
model, who posted a video that many have questioned,
where in she appears to squat 495 pounds almost 10 times. For those of you who may not
spend a lot of time in the gym, the reason people are
skeptical of this video is because people who can squat
almost 500 pounds for reps, tend to look more like this, than this. Another point of reference
would be Olympic Medalist and power-lifting record
holder, Chen Wei-Ling, whose been doing strength
training her whole life, and can only squat 462 pounds. Number eight, dangers supplements. There are a ton of supplements
on the market out there for people looking to get big,
but just how safe are they? Well, the following press
release may give you an idea. It’s from May 1st, 2009. Fourteen Hydroxycut products
are being recalled voluntarily by the manufacturer after
the FDA received 23 reports of serious liver injuries, ranging from jaundice to death. Hydroxycut was discontinued in 2009, but had been operating since 2002. Until the brand disappeared,
it was actually one of the most respected supplements out there. And their fat burners were
their most popular product. What takes the whole instant
to a new level of shady, however, was they never
confessed about what had actually caused the problem. For all we know, there
could be other companies who are doing whatever
it was they were doing, that went wrong. Because bodybuilding
supplements fall into an unusual category with the FDA, not all
of them are even regulated. Added to this, once you buy them, you seemingly have to keep buying them. One such example is pre-workout. Pre-workout is super popular
in the bodybuilding community, but users say that once you’ve
started lifting with the help of its formula, which is
sort of like the effects of caffeine times two, it can be
hard to go back to just using your bodys natural energy. You’d be correct for thinking
it can not be entirely safe. In fact, some people have
suffered from abnormal hear rhythms after long-term uses of certain pre-workout formulas. Number seven, physical injury prevalence. As you can imagine, lifting weights, a hobby which entails not
only picking up heavy things and putting them down repeatedly, but constantly trying to
pick up and put down heavier and heavier things, is a hobby which can lead
to a lot of injuries. Ronnie Coleman, eight-time Mr. Olympia, considered by most to be one
of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, has had four spinal surgeries and a double hip replacement. Despite the fact that his
injuries have actually left him unable to walk, he’s actually
said that the only thing he regrets is doing only
two reps instead of four, when he famously squatted 800 pounds. Dorian Yates, six-time Mr. Olympia, tore his bicep, his quadriceps,
and almost tore his tricep completely in two. I don’t think I could even move an object that would be heavy enough to
tear my tricep muscle in half. Old school bodybuilder
Dave Draper once said that a determined bodybuilder
is driven, daring, intense, and injury-bound. So the moral to the story is, if you wanna get into bodybuilding,
be aware of the risks. Number six, training secrets. Bodybuilders don’t train like the majority of the lifting population, which is one of the reasons
that they don’t look like the majority of the lifting population. Pros also are not in the gym
24/7 working out constantly. Dorian Yates would workout
one hour, four times a week. Veteran bodybuilders know that
you can only workout so much before what you’re really doing is preventing your
muscles from recovering. The actual lifting weights
part of being a bodybuilder is usually what gets the
spotlight, but most bodybuilders, when they’re not trying
to sale you a supplement that will magically solve your problems, will admit that diet is
probably a bigger part of their success. Bodybuilders don’t eat
like normal humans at all. For instance, they usually
eat five or six meals a day. Number five, torn aortas. I’ve already mentioned how
bodybuilders aren’t strangers to torn muscles, but
what’s more concerning is that your heart is one of
the muscles that you can tear. Aortic dissection is when
you tear the inner layer of the aorta, the large
blood vessel branching off from your heart, and
it can actually happen due to lifting weights. While the number of cases
where they can confidently point to weight lifting as
the cause of a torn aorta is small, if you have a
history of aortic dilation and hypertension, you
really need to be careful. Really, if you have any
sort of cardiac problems, you should seriously consider
your choice to get into bodybuilding, which I know
you have been considering, because of the previous
examples in this video. Andrej Gajdos was a 19 year
old aspiring bodybuilder from the United Kingdom, who
unfortunately died in 2015 when his aorta exploded. He was 7’2″, weighed 280 pounds. The doctor who performed the autopsy said that he was not a normal man. “It is extremely rare for a young person “to have a torn aorta like that. “I’ve only seen one
other case in 15 years.” His steroid use also played a
major role in his torn aorta. Number four, body dysmorphia. Most people probably don’t
suspect that people who look like Greek statues or comic heroes
are some of the most likely to deal with body dysmorphia. However, a study published in
the Journal of Psychopathology that investigated male
and female participants in activities that
require certain physique, bodybuilding included, found
that bodybuilders were more likely to be dissatisfied
with their bodies, and have unhealthy eating disorders than the normal population. It may seem counterintuitive at first, since you think that someone
whose made of 200 pounds of muscle probably feels
confident with their body, seeing as how seven out of every
10 Americans are overweight or obese, and they’re light
years ahead of the general population in terms of fitness. But the people who look like
that today, got that way because for whatever reason,
they were dissatisfied with what their body
looked like originally. That mindset is what helped
them reach their goal. But it’s not something
that’s easily left behind. So bodybuilders can get stuck thinking that they’re still that
tiny dude they were before. Number three, it’s almost
impossible to make it. The harsh reality of bodybuilding is that only a tiny percentage of people make it, in the sense that they go pro, and make a living as a bodybuilder
without having a day job. Bodybuilding has never,
and likely never will be, an extremely popular
spectator competition. So there simply isn’t the
level of money and sponsors involved as there are in
more mainstream sports. Bodybuilding competitions
usually aren’t even televised, with the exception of the
biggest few every year. But this isn’t the only
reason that it’s difficult to make it. A minority of people have the genetics to really make it far in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding requires broad
shoulders, a narrow waist, as well as long muscle bellies at the highest level of competition. Past a certain point, there’s
just no way to train your way out of these genetic disadvantages, and it’s probably the sport where genetics play the biggest role. Number two, it’s bad for your health. To clarify, hitting the
gym and lifting weights on a regular basis, is
actually very healthy. It helps with weight loss,
improves bone density, lowers your risk of diabetes,
improves the overall health of you heart, prevents back pain, and even helps you sleep better. The super tan guys up on
the stage wearing speedos, however, are not exactly
the pinnacle of health. For starters, their body fat percentage is in the low single digits. For reference, the normal healthy range is somewhere around 15 to 25. This need for crazy low
body fat in order to look as muscular as possible,
is particularly dangerous for female body builders. When a woman’s body fat gets that low, their pituitary gland automatically
reduces the production of crucial hormones that the ovaries need. It can even stop the menstrual cycle. This has its own related
problems, such as shrinkage of internal organs, loss of muscle tissue, and damage to the nervous system. It can even in some cases lead to death. Number one, steroids. Steroids are sort of an open secret in the world of bodybuilding. Steroids are one of the reasons Rich Piana had such an unhealthy and enlarged heart. And the list of additional
health risks associated with steroid use is numerous. Bodybuilding competitions
do not test for steroids. And everyone knows that everyone
else is also on steroids. Yes, even the women. And yes, even in divisions like physique, where having the most total
muscle mass is not the number one factor in winning. Yes, even Instagram and
YouTube fitness experts. You have to remember,
those people make a living based on their physique, too. The reason why everyone is
on steroids but nobody can really admit that they’re
on steroids, is twofold. Firstly, the fitness
industry needs faces to use in order to sale supplements, equipment, workout programs, and everything. If people thought that the
people on posters looked the way they do primarily due to steroids more than any other factor, they probably would not be as likely to buy whatever product they’re selling. Secondly, steroids are
illegal in the United States. Law enforcement does not
place a high priority on rounding up bodybuilders,
finding their steroids, and tossing them in jail. But you still can’t really
just straight up say that you take steroids. Possibly more concerning than steroids, is the widespread use of
HGH, or human growth hormone. At the top level of competition,
this drug is why you see so many bodybuilders with six-pack abs and next to no body fat,
somehow also have big, extended stomachs. This is because HGH does
not only help your muscles to expand, it helps your organs expand. Does that sound healthy to you? Do you know any other secrets
that I should have mentioned? And have you experienced any
of these issues firsthand? Let me know what you
think in the comments. Thanks for watching. (gentle music)

98 thoughts on “Secrets Bodybuilders Don’t Want You To Know

  1. Should of also mentioned that bodybuilders make look strong and tough but in reality that's far from the truth.
    The size of their muscles and the amount they lift doesn't translate very well into practical strength for real-life use. They train to maximise their muscle size, so they do a lot of isolation lifting (using one muscle at a time, one day at a time) but in real life when you need to move something heavy it's almost always a compound movement (using lots of muscles at the same time). And you're usually going to need some muscular endurance and cardiovascular fitness too. That's why World's Strongest Man competitors look and train completely differently to Bodybuilders.
    And before anyone tries to go there: yes of course Bodybuilders are much stronger than people who don't lift weights at all, but look at the name: Bodybuilding… It's a muscle beauty-contest not a strength contest. If you want to get strong Bodybuilding is far from the best way to do it.

  2. You sound like a pussy that got picked on by the jocks. Makes me sick that anyone would give this workout 0 any credibility.

  3. The first is very hard to believe, but true, I have also written about it. Gym culture got weird and not anymore about healthy and strong, rather just looking good and being over motivated to be the biggest and get the most likes. Don’t be fooled! Don’t ruin your life and be addicted to something you will just mess up your life! As a professional and about to be professional I can agree with the video. Sorry for those who can’t digest the truth. Fitness lies are all over, just forget bro science and supplement ads.

  4. Very nice of you that's way I use the natural way without the extremes and not suplemends eat well and healthy is the key.

  5. The average person CAN benefit from taking supplements, because supplements are just that SUPPLEMENTS. You supplement them to your diet to help you reach gaps that you are unable to fill with whole food options. Also, while training and trying to progress injury CAN happen, but bodybuilders actually train more volume work than heavy lifting, like what you're referring to. Another false statement is about bodybuilders being under 10% body fat. Yes, when they are on stage they are, but not year round, like you try to make it seem. From your stance on some of these "secrets" one could say that you do not work out. If you would like to discuss it, please feel free to reply and we can talk about these things.

  6. i like the part that says supplements don't do anything significant to your body.. lol the creator of this video obviously hasn't used them..

  7. It's important for the average gym goer to know, WHEN you squat 850 lbs you could damage your spine. Hahaha what a joke

  8. Vitamins do something if you have a deficiency. Certain vitamin deficiencies (such as Vit. D) are measurable and cause problems, supplements can cure them.

    Powdered proteins are nothing more than dried food. Some of them feature a lot of sweeteners and artificial flavours, some of them are junk free and are a good alternative to cured meat and canned food when you are in a hurry. Of course real, fresh food is way better and athletes prefer it, who doesn't?

  9. Who ever made this video is fucking retarded.
    Comparing natural lifter to steroid users and leaving out basic sports knowledge.

  10. Supplements are unnecessary. For ordinary people with light to moderate activity at most. Studies have shown that people with high amount or high intensity of physical activity such as lifting heavy weights need much more protein than those who who just sit around all day. Soooo, jokes on you, this one ain't true

  11. you are telling the troth.. that's why i don't use anything you said. i'm a natural bodybuilder and don't wanna be like a monster.

  12. I am a hard gainer and back in 2005, I used a supplement called mega mass 4000 and I can 100% confirm that it works very well. Wasn’t dieting all that hard at the time but gain lots of muscle and strength

  13. And then you have people like this who make videos for likes yet have no idea what they are talking about. U can tell by his voice he is a twig. I get 240-270Grams of protein a day. I weigh 181. Plus 20G creatine a day. 6Meals, With a 2200 Cal diet. Supplements are absolutely amazing if u know exactly what it is you want. They are call SUPPLEMENTS for a reason, not something u just add to your diet, u use it to SUPPLEMENT. So if u need more protein? Ya, whey powder is definitely amazing. Prove me wrong

  14. Steroids are main reason unflatutatuat of witch Rich Piana died, cause he died in 25 08 2017 at only 46 years old…Steroids are stupid commercial poisons that gives you a false filling of power for a short amount of time, and then they give you pain, sickness and dependency!!! Good thing that in USA they are forbidden by the drug laws cause in my country Romania they aren't even restricted although also unapproved to be sold in shops or drugstores but not illegal to detain them as it is to less dangerous marijuana that is restricted to detain more than 2 grams! So in my opinion do sport for health not for ill !!! You can make performance without those poisons and my vids can prove this!

  15. It's only unhealthy if you take it too far. If you eat clean, lift (or calisthenics) and don't use roids you can still get pretty big without it hurting your body

  16. I am 67 years old with a Bypass surgery and an Artificial Aortic valve but train 4 times a week (Whole Body Workouts) with moderate weights and "NO Supplements" and it works. I am clear of one fact "Your body gives you ample signals" telling you when to stop (not talking about fatigue), best stop at that and you will be OK.

  17. Quite misleading lifting weight will not make you aorta explode! Its a rare side effect of massive amounts of growth hormone some people are injecting.

  18. all you need is create a plan for your short term goals and long term. in my situation i was 120kg 40 was pure fat, for starters crossfit will do the 20 and as soon as you reach 100 go in full bulking phase, not dirty bulking and start lift weights 6-8 reps, after you feel comfortable with that start intervals training. If you’re dedicated you can do it all in 3 months. supplement is only 5 things green tea extracts, fish oil omega 3, whey protein powder, “pure ciratine” make sure of that and coffee is your pre workout double shot espresso will do the work. these things are safe even for children but in proper doses unless you have a medical condition you should ask your doctor

  19. No worries because 99.9% who watch this & comment what they think they know don't have the work ethic or dediction to worry about it anyway. Stuff another bon bon or twinkie in your pie hole while you molt to couch.

  20. This guy is a skinny fat computer geek who undermines boby builders by saying they look that way cause of steroids . you sir are a douche nugget shut your fucking mouth

  21. Not trying to hate but supplements are very important. Yes, a large percentage of your protein intake will be from your diet but there is an entire untapped portion of supplements you forgot to mention that do work: like creatine and glutamine. Two very popular supplements especially in the bodybuilding community that are extremely necessary and not just a « scam ».

  22. I don't know where the hell you're getting your research I have a masters in nutrition and you don't know what the hell you're talking about. I seen so much research that says you don't know what you're talkin about I couldn't stayed at all in a month. I need to leave bodybuilding to the professionals with the degrees

  23. To all my fellow bodybuilders in this comment section.. SMDH at this video. Anyone with a brain and ability to research knows what is a fact and what is hype. Wow you mean his steroid use was bad??? Tell me the sky is blue and dogs bark..Jesus Christ

  24. The HGH enlarging internal organs is a long-debunked myth. The large muscle-bellies you see on the biggest pros are from squatting freaky-heavy poundages. If their bulging muscle-guts were due to enlarged GI tract organs, those organs wouldn't simply shrink down once they stopped using HGH and stopped lifting as heavy. All the retired big-boys would still be walking around with massive guts. But they're not.

  25. Idk about that protein line smh the reasons bodybuilders consume regular food is also import to get enough calories and the macros right . The average person can manage their macros with a protein pudding or shake for deserts Or breakfast to control calories and macros especially in a busy lifestyle. Also L- glutamine is a fantastic amino acid but in order to reap the benefits to recover you would have to consume horrendous amount of red meat which is counterintuitive

  26. Protein powders are more for convenience. Pro bodybuilders don't have regular jobs, or even lives in many cases so they can actually eat 5-7 times a day. Creatine has also been proven to have positive effects in the weight room. But, outside of that, I have to agree with supplements.

  27. This must be the shittiest video I’ve ever seen, the only true information was about the HGH and how they increase the size of muscles and organs, that’s it!!
    Bodybuilders are tested for steroids, they’re banned in the US and in the entire world, the only risk of working out is to be healthy, and Dorian Yates?? Working out only 1h 4 times a week??? The guy was named “the shadow” because before a competition he disappears and spends most of his time training eating and sleeping you moron!!
    From your voice I can imagine how you are, probably 5’7 5’9 skinny fat, if you can’t make it don’t hate man!!!

  28. Hey… supplements give a bodybuilder his daily need of protein with less money and are easier to digest and absorb and use by the body and they don't make you full so you can eat more also

  29. This has by far got to be the biggest load of shit iv ever watched do urself a favor and stop talking about shit u have clearly no fucking idea wat your talking about

  30. Garbage video, there's no references about any scientific studies that do prove certain "supplements" aka vitamins and protein do in fact increase the bodies ability to recover from workouts. Video maker should take this video down

  31. I used to work at a supplement store and you would have no clue how many people don't know what the word "supplement" means 😂😂

  32. Some actual supplements that are worthwhile:
    1)HMB – diminishes the body's signal to cannibalize muscle when training (spares muscle)
    2)Glutamine – having grams of this before/after workout also diminishes muscle wasting
    3)Beta-Alanine – removes metabolic waste from your synapses, allowing better efforts
    4)Arginine AKG – precursor to Nitric Oxide, and gives huge pumps/waste out/blood in.
    5)non-whey protein powder – whey has milk sugar most often, and will smooth you out bad.
    muscle protein takes a long time to break down, but powders break down in ~30min which helps feed people who are hard gainers or on steroids. Around 15 grams per hour is all the meat tissue the body will digest, so doing that math does even come close to the needed protein levels a 300lb bodybuilder needs every single day. They could never gain that much muscle if relying strictly on meat fiber in meals. I guarantee you bodybuilders DO get an advantage from powders, in addition (especially) to their anabolic stacks.
    6)VitC – half a gram to 1 full gram prior/after workout GREATLY reduces cortisol levels, and since cortisol destroys muscle tissue (yes, it does) diminishing cortisol levels will help you keep more muscle. Give these a try, and stay away from ALL CREATINE so help you God, unless you're on steroids or SARMS.

  33. "Jau-dince" Uh, Jawn-diss, actually. And Hydroxycut USED to have Ephedrine in it, just like Sinutab, like my ex wife was entirely addicted to. DMAA was a designer version of it, now also outlawed.

  34. There's no connection between steroids and a torn aorta. He was 7-2, abnormally tall, and such abnormally tall people have heart malformities almost unilaterally.

  35. hahahha, omg, the video actually went down the list to number 1, and said "steroids", then the video IMMEDIATELY cut to an advertisement saying "AN EVEN BETTER ME" omfg! Dying…!!!

  36. "Supplements do nothing." …I immediately gave them a thumbsdown. I'd hand them a biology textbook but they will tell me 'Top 10 educational scams: Biology is not a proper science'.

  37. Btw Hydroxycut was a fatloss supplement, not a bodybuildimg supplement specifically – majority of purchases were by fatloss seekers.

  38. Bodybuilding is a set of physical exercises aimed at developing skeletal muscles, in order to gain strength, endurance, power, explosiveness or muscle volume. In these exercises, a force is repeatedly opposed to the force generated by the contraction of the muscles see more: https://justpaste.it/2he51

  39. Long muscle bellies. For sure, I've never taken that into consideration but having an overly large chest isn't attractive either

  40. body building is just a mask for drug abusers. #4 points out the start of the problem. These ppl are unsatisfied with their image so they unnaturally get big on the variety of drugs just to feel better than everyone else. They also get judged on their physique which they hated in the first place and when they do not win , the vicious cycle of injections and pill popping continues.
    Body building is simply a show , not a sport.

  41. steroid abuse is different forms steroid use. In men over 40 using small amounts of testosterone. ( steroids ) can be life extending and heath improving do to the fact that these hormones deplete with age and that is why we age faster and faster. Smaller amounts will have a effect on growing muscle But mostly it gives you the health and energy to train hard enough to grow. As well as recover from hard work

  42. You say it more about getting fit and hitting the gym, When in reality america is more obese than ever… explain please

  43. I used pre-workout powders for almost 2 years. Never came close to the daily maximum dose. Those were my best 2 years in terms of fitness, but it wasn't worth the side effects of stage 1 chronic kidney disease and one hell of a dependence, both mentally and physically. The icing on the cake was a dick that didn't work anymore for anything but pissing! Went cold turkey after I connected the dots and will never touch the shit again.

  44. There is dozens of not hundreds of scientific literature that suggest that sups actually do help and if original

  45. If you’re looking at this video and want to get into bodybuilding, alot of this is false, or blown out of proportion

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