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Fitness Myths Revealed

health clubWhether you’ve been working out for years or you’ve just decided to get fit, I’m sure you’ve come across heaps of information telling you what you should and shouldn’t do to get fitter quicker, burn fat faster, and get that body you’ve always dreamed off.

Some of the information you read is true, but sadly a lot of it isn’t, so today I’m going to outline five of the major fitness myths that we hear over and over again.

Myth 1: Women shouldn’t lift weights unless they want to bulk up.

Unless you’re lifting weights for 4-5 hours per day and perhaps even taking performance-enhancing drugs, this is a myth that should be thrown right out of your mind.

In fact lifting weights is a good thing as it’s really the only way to replace the soft fat you have and turn it into lean muscle. And don’t forget, the more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn.

Men find it easier to build muscle due to their hormone testosterone, whereas women only have a very small amount in their bodies, but even so it’s still incredibly difficult for a man to get big and bulky without training hard. So for all women reading this, if you want to get rid of that soft fatty tissue starting lifting weights.

Myth 2: Muscle weighs more than fat.

This is one that has been doing the rounds for a long time and I can understand why, but in actual fact it’s not correct.

Here’s a great example I stumbled upon: You and your friend both weigh 120lbs and are 5ft 5” tall. You are a size 8 dress size and your friend is a size 12 dress size. How? Well you workout and do strength training and therefore have muscle. Your friend on the other hand doesn’t work out at all. Muscle is much more compact and dense, whereas fat is soft and takes up more room that muscle. For example: 10lbs of fat rolled in to a ball would be much bigger than 10lbs of muscle rolled into a ball. So if you and your friend were to stand side-by-side, you’d look much more compact than your friend and whilst to an outsider it looks like you should weigh less, you don’t, you weigh the same but because you have more muscle than fat, your body is more compact.

Myth 3: No pain, no gain.

So many people I listen to aren’t happy the day after a workout unless their body is aching. In actual fact whilst some soreness should be expected if you are changing exercises often (which of course the Tabata training method does), severe or ongoing pain means that you haven’t warmed up and cooled down the body sufficiently pre and post workout. Muscle pain is caused by tears in the muscle fibres, so you need to ensure you give them enough time to repair themselves before exercising that muscle again.

Myth 4: Crunches will get rid of tummy fat.

We all want to believe this one but sadly it isn’t true. If you want to be able to see a six-pack forming on your abs, then you have to burn any excess fat first. To burn that fat you need to do cardio and strength training to reduce your overall body fat mass, you can’t target just one area of the body and expect results– it doesn’t work like that regardless of the exercise you’re doing.

Myth 5: Machines are safer way to exercise.

This is true if you have a personal trainer with you each time you sit down at an exercise machine ensuring you’re in the right position, the machine has been adjusted to the right height, and you’re using the correct weight, but in reality you probably don’t have someone watching you and so could actually be doing more harm than good.

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