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Kris Simpson with the help of Shanon and Caroline to explain the Top Five Fitness Training Myths.
I’ve got 5 notorious fitness myths that we’re going to bust today.
Myth #1. Spot reduction exists. What is spot reduction? That’s when let’s say you have some fat over here that you can actually do some things just to get rid of that fat and maybe no other types of fat on your body. Well, it is actually true. There is somebody that can help you with that and that’s a cosmetic surgeon, but if you don’t want to go down that road and you’re going to go down our road which is fitness and training, then you’re going to have to do it the hard way and that means that you’re going to have to simply eat less, work out more, and cause a caloric deficit.
That’s what’s going to burn body fat from your head to your toe. Unfortunately, the fat there is going to go, but also the fat on your other parts of your body will go along with it and you have no control over how much fat is going to go from one area or from another area. That is your genetic make-up. That is what’s going to control that and no spot reduction does not exist.
Myth #2. That you have to do a lot of stretching before your workout. This is a myth. In fact, a lot of stretching before your workout is going to make you weaker, not stronger. That’s what it does to muscles when it’s overstretched. So you’re better off doing some dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching is light stretching with some movements like jogging on the spot, jumping jacks, hip rotations. Get the muscles moving. Move some blood into the muscles. Wake them up before the workout. This is what you need to do before not over-stretching. That’s just going to make you weaker for your workout.
Myth #3. My favorite to bust. That weight training causes bulky muscles. Come on, now. The only thing that’s going to create a bulky looking muscle is the amount of body fat that’s around it so lose the body fat, or lose the blanket and you’ll find out what’s underneath the blanket which is good old lean, hard muscle.
Myth #4. Is that cardio is the best way to lose weight. Well, it actually is the first 10 pounds, but after that you’ll get into a plateau and a standstill with your weight loss. That’s where weight training has to come in. Weight training is what builds that metabolic furnace which will get you past that 10 pound mark so let’s bust that myth and let’s get people off the cardio machines and doing a little bit more weight training because that’s where you’ll see the real weight loss.
And, Myth #5. More is better. I had to learn the hard way as a young male trying to put on muscle that actually more isn’t better. In fact, I learned that I was getting all my results not in the gym, but after the gym while I was recovering from my workout. So let’s bust that myth and let’s spend a little bit more time recovering and a little less time beating ourselves up in the gym because more isn’t necessarily better.
So there you have it. Now that was fun. We just busted the top 5 fitness myths. Get rid of them folks. If you own them, give them to somebody else because this is what’s going to hold you back. Get rid of them and you’ll see some serious results in the gym.
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