With the amount of Gym Bro’s constantly hanging out at your local fitness centres, you are bound to be told a lie or two about: The Best way to build muscle; lose weight; supplements to take or simply over hearing ‘lifters’ critique form. So in the ‘Myth Buster, Fitness Edition’ blogs can help all those gym Bro’s identify their mistakes, enjoy.
Myth 1: You can lose fat from particular body parts SPOT TRAINING IS NOT A THING. You do not lose weight around your belly if your do sit-ups, or your arms if you do Bicep Curls. Your body distributes fat cells across your entire body and burns them in the same way. If you want to lose fat from a specific spot you need to lose overall body fat – FACT.
Myth 2: Sweating until you are wet means you must have worked your ass off.
This is not necessarily true. We sweat because our core temperate changes and our body is trying to cool us down. Yes your muscles create heat when you exercise, so a tough workout will increase your internal temperature. However, the temperature you work out in is a much larger contributing factor. It doesn’t take a scientist to work out that you will sweat more training in 40-degree heat, than you would training in 10-degree heat.
Myth 3: You should work out every day for results. Definitely not true – thank god.
When you work out you break down muscle fibers so they can rebuild, becoming bigger and stronger. For this process to happen you need to give your body time to recover. So you’re definitely off the hook for the seven day a week workout plan.
Myth 4: Doing cardio is the best way to lose weight.
If your goal is to loose weight, logging 100’s of miles on the treadmill is not the best approach. If you want to burn fat, you simply have to take in a less calories than your body needs. A smart nutrition plan is key.
Myth 5: ‘If you wana get Big Bro get on the shakes’
ARRGGHH… No. The clue is in the name ‘Supplements’. There is nothing special you can get from a supplement that you can not get from your diet. Supplements are for those people who have busy lifestyles or struggle to get the amount of calories/proteins in from their diet alone. So sorry Bro your selling technique hasn’t worked.
By Anthony Lampitt