Listening to the coaches discussing fitness myths yesterday… I asked if anyone had written about this…. This is what came in the email:
“Nothing irks me more than when good people are misled by fitness myths. These myths sabotage results and keep people miles from their goal weight.
So I’ve got to warn you about the bogus rumors going around about strength training. I don’t want to see you held captive by a faulty belief.
The truth is that strength training is the number one thing you can do for your health, fitness and appearance.
Don’t fall for one of these 5 myths and miss out on tremendous potential results.
Strength Training Myth #1: Muscle Can Turn Into Fat
Why would anyone want to build muscle if they think it could morph into fat over time? Don’t worry; this myth is seriously bogus.
Muscle tissue is muscle tissue. Fat tissue is fat tissue. One will never become the other.
Strength Training Myth #2: Strength Training Makes Women Bulk Up
Sure, strength training increases the amount of muscle on your body, so many women take this to mean that their body will become body-builder-esque. Not quite the look you’re going for…
The truth is that the female body simply doesn’t naturally contain large enough levels of testosterone to put on bulk muscle without a very focused and dedicated effort. Rest assured, ladies, the effort you spend on strength training will get you closer to that lean, toned look you want.
Strength Training Myth #3: Strength Train Enough and You Can Eat Anything
This one makes me cringe, as I’ve seen so many people throw away their hard-earned fitness results by eating too much of the wrong stuff. Even if you strength train daily at an intense rate, your total calories still matter. To top it off, most people overestimate how many calories they burn as well as underestimate how many calories they eat. Talk about a fattening combo.
For best results, maintain a calorie-controlled diet filled with fresh, wholesome ingredients in addition to a regular, challenging strength training routine.
Strength Training Myth #4: Strength Training Does Not Burn Fat
This one couldn’t be more false. Muscle is actually your number one ally against fat gains.
One pound of muscle burns 10-20 calories each day, just living and breathing. Regular strength training helps you increase your muscle mass as well as preserve existing muscle mass, turning you into a fat burning machine.
Strength Training Myth #5: High Reps And Light Weights For Toning
This myth, made popular in the 90’s, says that very high repetitions of very light weights would result in a toned physique. Sorry, not true. These high repetitions will increase your muscular endurance but will not add strength or tone.
In order to truly challenge your muscles, heavier weights with lower repetitions are a must. Start with an 8-10 repetition range and push your muscles with each set.
Include strength training as a part of your fitness routine and finally achieve a fit and toned body..
For Best Results…
Want to get the most from your workouts? Follow these 5 tips:
- Be Consistent: exercise at least 4 times each week.
- Be Challenged: change your routine often.
- Be Patient: don’t forget that true fitness results take time.
- Be Excited: find an exercise program that you love.
- Be Coached: call in a professional