Common fitness myth explored


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Myth in fitness is still alive and well. Sadly adhering to these myths keeps many people from reaching their goals. Are you a victim to any of these myths?

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Common fitness myth explored

  1. 1. Common Fitness Myth ExploredCommon Fitness Myth #1Weightlifting will cause woman to become bulky ”I don’t want big muscles!” bulky.This is usually the first thing I hear at the first meeting with a new female client. Why this pops into theirheads I don’t know. Where is the heavily muscled woman, that they are so afraid of turning in to by starting muscleda strength training program? They are not training at my gym! The truth is, strength training helps reducebody fat and increase lean weight which in return will burn more calories. Women are typically encouraged to use limited resistance in their strength exercises. Often such light retraining loads are substantially below those necessary for physiologic adaptations and certainly less thanthose commonly used by men. In fact, women need to train at intensities high enough to cause adaptation in trainbone, muscle, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. When exercise intensity provides insufficient stimulus,physiologic benefits may be minimal. FREE EBOOK REVEALS…. Why ineffective cardio workouts and aerobics are sabotaging your fat loss efforts – And how to fix it! do not have the hormones and genetic makeup to build large muscles.So a woman do not have to worry about not being able to get through the door to the toilet when startingon a strength training program. Strength training is, in fact, the absolute best thing a woman can do to reachtheir goal of having a toned, strong and slim body. oned,-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–--Common Fitness Myth #2You can influence the shape or tone of a muscle by performing certain exercises.Anybody who weight-trains will have heard this one: “use compound exercises for overall size and use trainsisolation exercises for shape and definition.” Or maybe you have heard a aerobic or yoga instructor tellingthat you will get long slim muscle from yoga, and thick clumsy muscles from lifting weights. This is yet andanother example of “common sense” that misses the mark Side 1
  2. 2. You can do 3 things with your muscles…- Make them bigger through proper training.- Make them smaller/weaker through improper/no training.- Keep them the same size through improper training or deciding you are as big/strong as you want to be.To say that certain exercises make the muscles bigger while others promote more “shape” is not only wrong,it doesn’t even make sense. When you train with weights, your muscles fire on an “all or nothing” basis,meaning that every fiber in the muscle is recruited. You cannot force your body to recruit fibers from aspecific area of the muscle.Muscle shape is genetically predetermined, and the unfortunate reality is that there is very little you can doto change this. If you were born with flat short biceps, chances are you’ll never achieve an impressive biceppeak.The only thing you can do is to increase the size of your muscles as much as possible and then hope that thegods of genetics were kind to you.-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–-–--Common Fitness Myth #3When you stop working out, your muscles will turn to fat. “If I stop working out, won’t my muscles just turnto fat?”I get this question all the time, and it really makes me laugh. I have no idea where this idea came from orwhat logic it is based on, but the idea that muscle can turn into fat statement is downright ridiculous. Muscleand fat are two completely different tissues, and they cannot magically transform back and forth. Claimingthat muscle can turn into fat is really no different than saying that dirt can turn into gold. It just doesn’t workthat way.A lot of times we see people who once had muscular, athletic physiques in their younger years becomeflabby and out of shape as they age. However, this has nothing to do with the fact that their musclesconverted to fat. These people simply stopped training (their muscle size decreased) and let their diets go(they increased their body fat levels).About the Author:Kasper V. Christensen - Owner of FortiusFitness, is a trainer who specializes in rapid bodytransformations.Download His FREE 26 page eye-opener and controversial eBook…Aerobics – The big “fat” lie!Discover why ineffective cardio workouts and aerobics are sabotaging your fat loss effort.Click here to Download the FREE eBook —-> Side 2