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10 Fitness Myths And Facts - Bodybuilding Busted!

You're thinking about going to the gym but are still unsure because you hear stories that discourage you?

You can, because there are many stories about fitness. Yet the vast majority of claims are false.

In this text, I will therefore break through the ten biggest myths about fitness, and in particular strength training.

  1. Myth 1: If you want to lose weight and don't have time to work with weights as well as do cardio, you should always choose cardio
  2. Myth 2: You should lose weight first and then start strength training
  3. Myth 3: You can only get good results when you go to the gym
  4. Myth 4: Working with weights makes you look chubby or like a bodybuilder
  5. Myth 5: When you stop working out, your muscles will turn into fat
  6. Myth 6: When you work with weights you are less flexible and you get stiff muscles
  7. Myth 7: Women should do different fitness exercises than men
  8. Myth 8: You have to work with weights every day to get a good body
  9. Myth 9: Fitness makes you sluggish and less athletic
  10. Myth 10: You're the only one who feels overwhelmed, uncomfortable, confused, and doesn't know where to start
Fitness Myths And Facts

Myth 1: If you want to lose weight and don't have time to work with weights as well as do cardio, you should always choose cardio

As soon as you start training with weights you burn fat, you become stronger and you maintain or create body mass. You won't be able to do this with cardio.

Strength training makes you look muscular and good as a fitness model and with cardio, you lose weight but your body remains average, so if you don't have the time it is always better to opt for weights.

Myth 2: You should lose weight first and then start strength training

Only if you are extremely fat (and have difficulty walking) you will first have to lose weight, but if you are physically able to train you can immediately start with weights.

Even if you still have to lose a lot of weight, you will benefit from strength training, so start right away.

You can choose to follow a diet about doing cardio, but many people who do this are not very satisfied with the result afterward. They may fit smaller clothing sizes but still don't look very athletic.

Myth 3: You can only get good results when you go to the gym

The best place to work out is where you can exercise regularly. It just depends on where you feel more comfortable.

For most, this is in the gym because you often have more equipment at your disposal and can train with your friends.

However, you can also train in your own home or garage, where you have more peace and privacy. By making targeted purchases you can create your own gym relatively cheaply.

Myth 4: Working with weights makes you look chubby or like a bodybuilder

The idea that by working with weights you will soon look like a bodybuilder is of course not correct.

Most bodybuilders would like to have more muscles, but this does not always happen quickly. A real bodybuilder lives for his sport and has often spent years looking like this.

As a beginner, you may be able to build muscle quickly, but over time this becomes more and more difficult.

If you do your fitness plans right, you have total control over how your body will look. So you certainly don't have to worry about waking up one morning and suddenly being too muscular.

Myth 5: When you stop working out, your muscles will turn into fat

If you put the weights away your muscles will eventually decrease and if you eat too much you will gain weight. It may therefore appear that your muscle has turned into fat, but it is not, because the muscle cannot turn into fat because they are two different types of tissue.

This myth probably comes about because people watch athletes retire from their careers.

These athletes train a lot and burn large amounts of fuel. When they have stopped their career, they exercise less but often still eat the same amount, which makes them gain weight quickly.

Myth 6: When you work with weights you are less flexible and you get stiff muscles

The best way to get stiff is to hang around the couch all day. Strength training can actually make you more flexible if there is enough variation in your exercises.

Just take a look at a bodybuilding competition, you will see that the participants are certainly not stiff.

Myth 7: Women should do different fitness exercises than men

There is no such thing as single-gender exercises, this is just an image created by the fitness industry.

The best and fastest way to get the fit and toned look women want is to do the same thing men want to have a muscular look, strength training.

Myth 8: You have to work with weights every day to get a good body

You can do an effective and good workout in less than 60 minutes. Some people train longer, but more isn't always better when it comes to strength training.

If you have limited time, it is important to spend it wisely. This way you can reduce the number of exercises you do while increasing the intensity with each exercise you do.

For example, what you can do is supersets, where you do two exercises non-stop in succession, or you shorten the rest between sets. In this way, you can already achieve great results in 30 to 45 minutes.

Myth 9: Fitness makes you sluggish and less athletic

You become faster and a better athlete thanks to fitness. Stronger muscles contract faster and produce more power. In almost every sport, the athletes do strength training to improve their performance.

Look at sprinters (the fastest people in the world), their training also consists largely of working with weights.

Myth 10: You're the only one who feels overwhelmed, uncomfortable, confused, and doesn't know where to start

Because of all the information that you can easily get nowadays (mainly the internet), it can quickly become too much for you. Therefore, make sure you follow a method that you know others are positive about.

At first, going to the gym is uncomfortable, because you don't know what to do, or because you feel weak to the others who are busy. Don't forget that they started out that way too.

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to grow!

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