Today I’m going to talk about “broscience”. For all of you who don’t know what this term means, this article is going to fully explain it, and why I dislike some fitness facts and knowledge that goes around.
What is broscience?
In the fitness world, broscience is known as the passing off of bodybuilding and fitness knowledge of personal years of trials, experiments, and errors as real facts. This is usually passed down by guys who know what to do to build their own great body, but tend to have a lacking knowledge when it comes to the proven science behind working out and nutrition. Though there is nothing wrong with giving out friendly advice to someone who is just starting out and uneducated, I find that most advice that guys give are biased and this is what leads to passing around of information that is often incorrect. In the gym, jacked dudes are more credible than scientific research. Now it’s important to note that not all broscience is wrong. The guys that give out the facts are genuinely trying to help.
But the personal facts that muscular guys (who don’t necessarily have the scientific knowledge) give out, is giving newbies the impression that proven scientific research is wrong.
For example: scientific research has proven that you DO NOT need to consume 5-6 meals a day to build muscle and to prevent your body from entering a muscle break down state. What a “jacked” guy still believes and passes on to newbies is that you need to constantly eat every 2-3 hours to build muscle, because the body will start breaking down it’s muscles for energy if you don’t. The kid then goes and passes this knowledge to others and neglects someone who tells them that they don’t need to eat as frequently. Click here to read about post work out nutrition.
Do you understand what I’m trying to get at now?
The reason I am writing up this article is that “broscience” and what may work best for you, may not work well for the person that you’re giving out advice to. I was in the gym the other day and I was doing heavy barbell shrugs (3 sets of 8) and this guy out of nowhere chimes in after my set saying that traps and calves are best worked with higher rep ranges, anywhere between 15 to 20 reps.
But this is the kind of thing that I’m talking about. He was saying that as if it were a universal true fact. Higher reps may have worked for him and might have enabled him to build slabs of muscle, but everybody’s body reacts differently to exercise. Some people respond better with higher rep ranges, some with lower rep ranges, some using techniques like rest-pause, etc. My traps happen to respond better with heavier weights and a medium rep range between 7-10 reps. The point is, you should not pass down your own knowledge as real facts. What if I were to take his advice and perform 15-20 reps for months with minimal or no growth because my body happens to respond better with lower reps?
I don’t want to feel like I’m putting down broscience, because it’ s not all bad. There are also many people who study nutrition and text books, that have gained the scientific knowledge from hours of reading and don’t know what it’s like to actually do the stuff that the gym guys talk about. What I’m trying to say is that: you can study and read about squats all you want, but it’s another thing to actually do it and see what it’s like first hand especially since everyone’s body is different and unique.
If you are in the fitness world and are a newbie, it’s very important to do your own research and not solely go on someone else’s information that they provide because they are bigger, or have a physique that you’re trying to achieve. If you want to build a great body, you need to study and learn the basics of nutrition and exercise and then experiment and find out what works best for you. Building a great physique is ultimately trial and error. After a while of knowing what works for you and what doesn’t, you will be able to lose fat effectively and build muscle much quicker than the average Joe who only goes by opinions of others. See you in the next article.