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Harmful gym myths could be wrecking your muscle gains and holding you back. MF addresses 10 fitness fictions you need to forget.

Gym myths are the modern weightlifter’s confusing version of ‘fake news’. Despite unprecedented access to professional expertise and scientific research, the everyday gym-goer now also has to contend with waves of online pseudoscience and locker room legends which have crystallised word-of-mouth fitness myths into so-called training truths. But if you build your workouts on hollow foundations, you’ll not only miss out on some of the most interesting and effective ways to train, you will never achieve the gains you deserve.

To help fight fiction with fact, we detonate ten gym myths with the help of personal trainer Scott Laidler (, whose authentic advice has transformed the physiques of Oscar-winning actors, professional athletes and elite military personnel.


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