Do you bust your butt everyday working out and struggle to see the results you’re after? Chances are you have fallen victim to some of the crazy exercise myths that are floating around out there.
Here are a few that often misdirect people when beginning a fitness program.
Myth- You Can Spot Reduce Fat
“What exercises can I do to increase my thigh gap?” “Can you give me some exercises to get rid of my muffin top?”
I hear hear questions like this all the time!
Ladies, please, please take note.
No amount of crunches will give you flat tummy,
no amount of sumo squats will give you a thigh gap
and no amount of push-ups will give you skinny arms.
Don’t get me wrong these exercises all have their merit for toning and strengthening these areas but they will not get rid of the fat covering the muscles.
The fact is there are no specific exercises that are going to reduce the fat from a specific area.
Exercises target muscles not fat. Fat can only be lost from the body as a whole in an order that is predetermined by your genetics.
Myth- Weight Training Makes You Bulky
So many women shy away from weight training out of the fear they will bulk up and resemble shredded bikini clad women you see in body sculpting competitions. The truth is a lot of precise programming and dieting goes into creating these physiques.
Women naturally do not contain enough testosterone to build large, bulky muscles.
Weight training and body weight strength training will in fact help you slim down thanks to an increased metabolism spurred on by the reactive muscle growth and repair.
Now this doesn’t mean you need to sign up for your nearest gym. For most women 5-20 kilograms will be enough weight to help you see results at home. It is all in the way you use them. Check out the videos on my Instagram for ways I incorporate weights into my training at home.
Myth- The Longer The Workout The Better
One of the best statements ever made is “quality over quantity”. It is true in most aspects of life.
You do not need to spend hours slaving away at home or at the gym to achieve a healthy and fit physique! Efficiency is key.
Exercising for long, extended periods can place a lot of stress on the body and can actually be detrimental to your metabolism, weight loss and overall well-being.
I prefer quick, efficient workouts such as sprint and High intensity interval training (HIIT), which will get you into that fat burning zone without placing prolonged stress on your body
This type of training works at such an intensity level that it sends your metabolism into overdrive due to an increase demand for oxygen consumption and energy in your muscular cells. So much so that you are still burning fat up to 48 hours after your workout.
Myth- There Is One Method Of Training That Is The Best For Everybody
As you can see I am a big believer in variety. Although I love my HIIT sessions it is not the only type of training I do. I also don’t believe it is the best type of training for everybody.
We all have different bodies, different goals and lead very different lifestyles. If you are not enjoying your workouts or you are not seeing the results you want, try something different.
Variety is important in a fitness program because it allows you to challenge your body on a consistent basis and overcome the potential to ‘plateau’.
I train my body in so many different ways, whether be running, swimming, walking, lifting or sweating it out with a HIIT session. Each type of training has their own benefit and enable me to strengthen my body in many different ways.