For every two fitness truths, there’s a lie, and sometimes it’s hard to determine which is which. (Especially when it’s something many of us have just assumed for as long as we can remember.) So, now presenting: Mythbusters, Fitness Edition. Letting go of these 12 fitness misconceptions will help you get better, faster, stronger, and more powerful. Flex on friend, flex on.
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MYTH #1: Strength training will make you bulk up
Truth: It’s pretty hard for women to bulk up from a normal strength-training routine because they don’t have as much testosterone as men (the difference in this hormone level makes men more prone to bulking up). In fact, if weight loss is your goal, strength training can actually help you lean out, but you have to keep your nutrition in check, too. “Muscle is metabolically active,” explains Adam Rosante, C.S.C.S., author of The 30-Second Body. Simply maintaining lean muscle mass requires higher energy, he explains. “So, the more lean muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn at rest.” #Science.
MYTH #2: You can focus on losing fat from certain body parts
MYTH #3: Doing lots of cardio is the best way to lose weight
MYTH #4: Not feeling sore means you didn’t get a good workout
MYTH #5: You should give 100 percent effort during every workout
MYTH #6: Strength training means using machines and heavy weights
MYTH #7: Sweating a ton means you worked your … off
MYTH #8: Crunches are a great exercise for your abs
MYTH #9: You have to do at least 20 minutes of cardio to make it worth you while
MYTH #10: You need to stretch before a workout
MYTH #11: Yoga isn’t a “real” workout
MYTH #12: You should work out every day