The Fitness Industry becomes a little bit of a circus this time of year.
Here's Five Fitness Myths :
X AMOUNT OF CRUNCHES/SIT UPS WILL GET YOU A SIX PACK
Building a strong core is important, crunches aren’t the best way to do that though. Strong compound movements such as a barbell row, deadlift or squat will do far more for your abdominals, as will a simple plank. Simply put, the only way those sculpted stomach muscles are making an appearance is through diet and training.
CARDIO IS BETTER FOR FAT LOSS THAN WEIGHT LIFTING
Another false promise I’m afraid. Of course any exercise is better than none, but if you’re determined to shift the gut than it’s time to put away the running trainers and pick up a pair of lifting straps instead. Diet is of course crucial but exercise wise, excessive cardio on restricted calories could mean you lose muscle as well as fat, making future ability to keep weight off that little bit harder. Weight training signals your body to preserve and maintain muscle.
IF YOU LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS YOU WILL GET BULKY
Not unless you’re eating enough calories to fuel that muscle growth. You should be lifting at a level that challenges you whilst in the gym, lifting heavier weights is a great way to burn fat. Unless you’re in a calorific surplus, the bulk won’t be arriving anytime soon – in fact you’ll likely witness the opposite with a controlled diet.
MUSCLE SIZE = MUSCLE STRENGTH
That’s not to say big muscles aren’t strong, they most likely are. But you can train muscles to be big or strong, or both for that matter. Athletes often can’t afford to carry unnecessary muscle mass that isn’t functional, but put them next to your average gym meathead and they’ll lift a whole lot more. You can get strong without being overly big is the moral of the story here.
YOU SHOULD DO CARDIO BEFORE HITTING THE WEIGHTS
Warming up is crucial, don’t warm up with a brisk jog on the treadmill before you hit the squat rack though. In short, you’ll start draining muscle glycogen before you’ve even planned to use, or in layman’s terms, you won’t be at your peak and performance will suffer. Do a couple of light sets before you get onto the heavy stuff and hit the cardio, (if you're doing any) afterwards.
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