A few weeks ago, I debunked some healthy living myths in one of my Friday Features posts. At the time, I didn’t include anything about fitness because I don’t have much knowledge of the truth of fitness myths. But today, I’m going to share some with you because I recently got the opportunity to review this book:
Maik Wiedenbach is a two-time World Cup and Olympic-level swimmer from Germany, as well a personal trainer and author. You can learn more about Maik here, but let’s just say he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to health and fitness.
In his book, Maik doesn’t sugarcoat the truth or hesitate to explain why our beliefs are wrong. Maik has his NASM, BSA, and AFPA certifications so his truths are also clearly backed up by science. It’s refreshing to read something so straightforward since most of the fitness advice out there today use plays on words or half truths to sell us on various fads.
If you’re looking for quick fixes, 5-Minute Abs or J-Lo booty workouts, this book isn’t for you. But if you’re serious about your health and fitness journey and want to challenge your pre-conceived notions, I say get it.
And because I hate to leave ya hanging here are:
5 (of 101) Fitness Myths that just aren’t true
The titles of these 5 fitness myths were taken from the first section of 101 Fitness Myths, Weight Training, but the book actually covers Cardio, Diet and Nutrition, Supplements and Lifestyle myths as well. Be sure to pick up your copy to get all 101!
1. Women need different exercises than men
Sure, the average man can lift more than the average woman, but that doesn’t mean women shouldn’t lift weights at all, right? And yes, most men like to focus on upper body and most women on lower body, but again that doesn’t mean it’s somehow wrong for women to work out their chest or shoulders. Instead of focusing on exercises that are ‘supposed’ to be for women and avoiding exercises that ‘only men should do’, why not workout for your body?
2. No pain, no gain
This right here is probably my biggest pet peeve. You do NOT need to constantly be in pain to prove that you’re having a good workout. And this isn’t referencing muscle fatigue and soreness, but real pain. The purpose of our pain receptors is to tell us that something is wrong in our bodies. It is not a signal for ‘just one more rep’. So the next time you’re in pain, how about you take a break instead of overdoing it?
3. Ab blaster, ab roller, ab wheel, the super ab machine
No ab machine can give you visible abs unless your body fat percentage is at the right level. So instead of slaving away at all those ‘best-ab-machine-evers’, work on lowering your BF% and keeping up a moderate ab routine and you’ll see results.
4. You can reduce body fat in a spot
Hey there, pet peeve #2! If you want visible muscles in one specific place, you have to lose weight everywhere and lower your BF% before you can see overly visible results of lifting. No, you cannot lose weight around your middle by doing a million crunches and no, you cannot somehow magically target ‘armpit fat’.
5. Once you stop training all the muscle will turn to fat
We are aware that muscle and fat are two different things right? There’s no way to turn one into another. What generally happens when lifters stop training, is that they eat just as much as they did when they were burning insane amounts of calories. So yes, they end up with an excess of calories and eventually extra weight, but the muscle is still there underneath, just slowly being broken down.
What about you?
Have you read 101 Fitness Myths already? Which myth was most eye opening for you? Any fitness myths to add?
Share in the comments below!
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