Most of us have been told some popular myths about lifting weights, and it’s holding us back from so many benefits!
The truth is that strength training is one of the absolute best things you can do for your health, appearance & confidence.
Hopefully, the following will help you on your journey…
Myth #1 Muscle Turns Into Fat
Why would anyone want to build muscle if it could morph into fat after a span of disuse? Rest assured that this is a myth of the highest order.
Muscle tissue is muscle tissue. Fat tissue is fat tissue. One will never become the other.
The truth is that we can gain & lose muscle. Equally, we can gain and lose body fat.
Myth #2 Strength Training Doesn’t Burn Fat
On the contrary, muscle mass is your number one ally against fat gains.
A pound of muscle burns 10-20 calories each day, while you’re just living and breathing. That’s right, your muscle burns more calories at rest than fat.
Regular strength training helps you increase your muscle mass as well as preserve existing muscle mass, turning you into a fat burning machine.
Myth #3 Lifting Weights Makes Women Bulk Up
Yes, strength training increases the amount of muscle on your body; so many women have been told that this means that their body will become body-builder-esque, which often isn’t quite the look you’re going for.
The truth is that the female body simply doesn’t contain high enough levels of the hormone, testosterone to produce that level of results without a very very focused and dedicated effort.
Weight training will only help you to emphasise your body shape, tone your body and breathe confidence into everything you do.
Myth #4 Use Light Weight and High Reps To Tone
The idea that very high repetitions of very light weights would result in a toned physique, has become outdated.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 will not add sufficient 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.
Including strength training as a part of your fitness routine is essential for achieving a fit, toned & confident body.
Speak soon, your personal trainers in Highbury.