I’ve got to warn you. There are many false rumors going around about resistance training. The truth is that strength training is one of the absolute best things you can do for your health and appearance.
If you’ve fallen for these 5 myths and avoided resistance training as a result, you’re missing out on tremendous potential results.
Myth #1 Muscle Turns Into Fat
Why would anyone want to work build muscle if it could morph into flabby fat after a span of disuse? That means you have to workout the rest of your life, or become fat, right? WRONG! Rest assured that this is a myth of the highest order.
Muscle tissue is muscle tissue. Fat tissue is fat tissue. Either can increase or decrease the amount on your body, depending on your healthy habits, but one will never become the other.
Myth #2 Strength Training Doesn’t Burn Fat
WHAT?? Quite the contrary; muscle mass is an amazing ally against fat. A pound of muscle burns 8-12 calories each day, while you’re just living and breathing; a pound of fat...only 2. Regular strength training helps you increase your muscle mass (and fat burning capabilities) as well as preserve existing muscle mass.
Myth #3 Lifting Weights Makes Women Bulk Up
Yes, 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, which may not be quite the look you’re going for.
The truth is that the female body simply doesn’t contain high enough levels of testosterone to produce that level of results without a very intensely focused and dedicated effort.
The tighter, toned figure of a recreational female weight lifter is every bit feminine.
Myth #4 Strength Training Is For Young People Only
Ha, tell that to all of the senior citizens and baby boomers across the globe who are shattering this myth as you are reading this article.
Assuming that your doctor has given you the OK, you have much to gain from a regular weight lifting routine; Improved balance and coordination, better strength and flexibility, and a decreased risk of osteoporosis are just the beginning.
Myth #5 Use Light Weight and High Reps To Tone
This myth, popularized in the 90’s, that very high repetitions of very light weights would result in a toned physique, has become outdated. These high repetitions will increase your muscular endurance but anything over about 15 reps will not add strength or tone.
We now know that in order to truly challenge your muscles, heavier weights with lower repetitions are a must. Start with an 8-12 repetition range and push your muscles with each set. The point where your muscles are fatigued and having trouble moving during these shorter sets is when muscle-building enzymes are released, and muscle gain starts to occur.
Including strength training as a part of your fitness routine (along with cardio) is essential for achieving a fit and toned body.
I know what works and I know this can work for you. I make it my mission to see you reach your goals.
Dedicated to Making Healthy Your Habit!
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