Tall Tales….Fitness Myths Busted!

Changing your lifestyle can be hard. You need to change your diet, get exercising, have willpower, and do your research. However, there is a lot of incorrect information out there.

Myth: You Need Long Workouts to Exercise Effectively
Truth: It’s not about the length of time, it’s about….INTENSITY! A high intensity workout is short but more effective than a long cardio session. HITT, or high intensity interval training, is when you push yourself to your absolute max for a short period of time. You would then follow it by a short period of recovery…this is an interval.

Myth: Women will get bulky from lifting weights.
Truth: Don’t believe that myth for one second!! Women can not get bulky for one very good reason…our bodies don’t produce enough testosterone to build the large bulky muscles you’re likely to see in bodybuilding ads. The only way it can happen is if you are taking steroids and hormone injections.

Myth: Machines are safer than free weights
Truth: Working out on a machine, makes you think that you are strong. The truth is, is that you are weaker than you would be if you spent the same time and effort with free weights. So you must be thinking, why? A machine forces you into a plane of motion, which is not natural and it will take away the opportunity to develop stabilizing muscles, posture, and balance.

Myth: If you look fit, that means you are fit
Truth: You know there is such a thing as skinny fat? Yes someone might look great, however….they might not be fit. What does it mean to be fit? A fit person will have high performance across a broad spectrum of physical attributes including strength, balance, coordination, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.

Myth: You Can spot reduce fat With exercise
Truth: You can’t burn specific calories in one spot, our bodies just don’t work that way. We all store fat in different ways. It’s all about having a healthy lifestyle, if you want to lose the weight. It’s a combination of a healthy diet and exercise.

Myth: Lengthen your muscles
Truth: In order to lengthen your muscles, you would have to detach the muscle and reattach it farther down the bone. That’s right….your muscles have an origin and an insertion, and both are attached to bone.

Myth: I’ll burn more fat on an empty stomach
Truth: Working out on an empty stomach burns more muscle, which defeats the purpose of any fat-loss diet. A lack of nutrients will not allow for peak performance.

I have only begun to skim the surpface of fitness myths. I will tackle more myths at another time, right now it’s time to tackle the stair mill.


About MoMonzie

So about me....where to start!?! I'm 32 years old and I work in radio. I am also a certified personal trainer and spin instructor. I fight for what I believe in, will do anything to help someone in need, I believe in paying it forward, I love to make others laugh while laughing at myself, and I just want to be inspired and inspire others. Is that good enough for now!? Don't be afraid to leave me a comment or two along my journey to becoming healthier. I'm going to need the support from time to time. Especially when I'm sore and in need of a nap! lol Catch me from 10am to 2pm on the Greatest Hits of All Time 104.3 CKWS FM (ckwsfm.com) And every Friday on Live@5, for the Dirt (ckws.com)

Posted on January 27, 2012, in Fitness, Health, Life, Lifestyle, Motivation, Success, Uncategorized, Weight Loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You are right, there is so much incorrect information out there. Great blog

  2. Great read! There is so much information out there, and it can confuse people. You are correct.

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