Myths About Exercise

Posted: July 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

These are some common myths we hear from our clients and people in the gym.

I need exercises to work on my “lower abs” and reduce beer Gut!

Hmm a total amateur question but that’s alright I’ll help you with this…Firstly there’s no such thing as ‘lower abs’ it’s  one long segmented muscle,  called the rectus abdominis, that extends from below your chest to your pelvis. To work your “abs”, you should do exercises to target all four muscles: the rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques and the transverse abdominis. This should be obvious but it seems some people are just really thick!

Secondly doing crunches will not help you get a so-called  ‘six-pack’ if you have a layer of Fat aka Lard over your abdominal area which chances are you have!  In order the see the muscles, you must lower your body fat.. A real no brainer eh? you’d think so but it’s not always the case.  A lot of this is about diet!  Hows is your diet.. huh? yea is probably crap! Have you been taking your centrum?

If I’m not sore the next day, I didn’t workout hard enough?

Most people use muscle soreness as a measure of how good or bad  the workout was. However, muscle soreness is caused by  tears in the muscle fibers.  (and possibly you’re just being a pussy!) while  soreness can be expected if you regularly changing your program, being sore for days after most likely means you overdid it. If you’re sore after every workout, you’re not allowing your body time to recover, which surprisingly is when you experience the most muscle growth.  Don’t forget to get rest the muscles!

To prevent soreness, you should warm up before your workout, do some dynamic stretches before and stretch muscles that need it after! If you experience soreness.. Rest.

If I can’t workout often enough and hard enough, I might as well not even do it?

A general guideline for weight loss is the following: eat right, exercise with weight, and do cardio. Some people simply say they don’t have the time to workout and they think, since I can’t do all of that, why do any of it? Well I say there’s 1440 minutes in a day, man up and do some exercise if you don’t you’re quality of life is gonna decrease and so is the quantity ( life expectancy!) it only takes a minimum of 30 mins so there’s no excuses get out there and do it! “Is any exercise better than no exercise?” what like walking to work? Well that’s not exercise, that’s walking to work!  Dumb ass!

Weight training will make me “bulk up”?

Some women avoid weight training because they don’t want to bulk up! We hear it all the time! “I don’t do weights because I don’t want to be bulky”  Good news for all you women out there, YOU DON”T HAVE TESTICLES (and if you do you are not a woman)!  However in all seriousness,weight training is a crucial to maintain a healthy weight and strengthen your body. What researchers know is the average woman doesn’t typically gain size from weight training because she doesn’t have the amount of hormones necessary to build massive amounts of muscle. Even men have a tough time gaining muscle and it’s something you have to work very hard to achieve, male or female.  At the end of the day a lot it falls down to genetics and what you’re eating.

Even Jay Cutler with all his “gear” still has to work his ass off to get big.


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