Working out properly can really help you to get the gains you expect in a shorter period of time. How many of these common misconceptions have you believed to be true?
Fitness Myth 1: "Aerobics is better than weight lifting to get in shape."
You hear this one a fair amount but the reality is, if you want muscle definition and a better "after burn", you need to lift weights. You can burn calories just as effectively with weights if you work in super sets to help keep your heart-rate up. The more effective result is the fact that weight training will create an "after burn" effect. This is when your body continues to have an elevated metabolism for several hours after your workout which is difficult to duplicate with cardio.
Fitness myth 2: "When women lift weights, they will get bulky."
This myth is unfortunately heard a lot. The science behind weight lifting says otherwise. Testosterone is the primary hormone responsible for large muscles. Women simply do not produce nearly enough of it to produce the "bodybuilder" physique some believe they will create. Female bodybuilders who are really built take extra testosterone to attain their size. They do not come by it naturally.
Fitness myth 3: Muscle grow during your workout."
As you lift weights that put a strain on your muscles, you breakdown muscle fibers that will then need to be repaired. When this happens, they are slightly larger than they were before and more defined to compensate for the next loads they will need to lift. You tear them down when lifting but the repair process starts after your workout as they are rebuilt over the next 36 hours or so. The recovery process is really important to help your muscles grow.
Fitness Myth 4: "Training with 3 sets of 10 reps is the best workout for results."
There are two issues with this myth. Using the same type of exercise every time may cause you to plateau and stop seeing results as quickly. A change of pace is a good thing. The other problem is what your goal is for your training. Power versus strength versus endurance all require a different type of program. High reps with low weight to low reps and high weights will give very different results.
Following specific principles of weight lifting can really help you to tone, get muscle definition and lose weight if done properly. If you are not really sure what to do, get some advice from those who know.
By Jacques Delorme