THE 5 BIGGEST TRAINING MYTHS YOU NEED TO AVOID
Girls shouldn't lift weights. Fasted cardio is the way forward for fat loss. And obviously it’s easy to get abs right? just do endless crunches every single day and hello 6 pack!
Wrong. If you’re into your fitness, you’ve probably heard these common myths over and over again. But, don’t be fooled. These somewhat little white lies can be hugely damaging to your progress and set you on the wrong path – which is the exact opposite of what you want when you’re trying to smash your goals.
In a bid to bust the most common training myths, we want to set the record straight and reveal the truth on how you should and shouldn't be training.
You should work out every day?
We used to always think that to get the best results we needed to train everyday! Working out every day often doesn't necessarily always lead to better results. In fact people who train too frequently run the risk of overtraining, causing stress, exhaustion, decreased performance and even injury. Recovery is just as important as training. Aim for 1-2 rest days a week. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be active it means doing something that doesn't put stress on your body, like gentle stretching or walking.
Lifting weights will make women bulky?
We hear this time and time again! Girls, lifting weights will make you strong, not bulky! Eating excessive amounts of calories while lifting heavy will make you put on weight and look bulky. It's pretty hard for women to bulk up from a normal strength-training routine because they don't have as much testosterone as men.
Whether your goal is for fat loss or lean muscle gain, weight training will actually burn fat and build muscle! Muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. Therefore, the lower your body fat percentage, the leaner you will appear.
Fasted cardio is better for fat loss?
Whether it’s fasted or not you will still burn EXACTLY the same amount of fat. Fasted cardio comes down to personal preference. We are all different, and therefore our needs are different. Training on an empty stomach makes me feel sick where as others may thrive of it. It’s about listening to how your body feels.
Doing crunches everyday will give you abs?
One big misconception about exercise is that you need to do abs exercises in order to get a six-pack. Not only can working out abs every day lead to postural problems, but also muscle imbalances. Doing ab exercises will not burn any more fat off your body. Getting a six-pack requires achieving a low level of body fat that has nothing to do with how many crunches, or abs exercises you do. Your time is much better spent focusing on core, compound exercises.
If your not sore, your didn’t work hard enough?
While soreness and workout intensity are sometimes connected, how tired your muscles feel isn't always a good indicator if you worked hard enough or not. Being sore doesn't necessarily mean it was a great workout. If you hit a PB and you aren't sore the next day, it doesn't mean you didn't expend enough energy, it means your energy expenditure was just right. You don't have to have soreness to gain muscle size or strength.
Train smarter, not harder.