There is a ton of information available on the ways to get the body you want through strength training. While some of this information is true, there are also plenty of misconceptions that are thrown in as well. The following are some of the biggest myths about weight training that are keeping you from reaching your ultimate goals.
#1 – You can focus your weight training efforts on one problem area to see the best results.
Wrong! Weight training can help you tone specific muscle groups, but no exercise plan will help you burn fat in one specific area. In order to see true definition, the key is to lose body fat. However, as you build lean muscle to accomplish this, your body burns fat all over – not just in the abs or stomach. When you add strength training to a healthy diet, you will be able to see fat loss, but this occurs all over the body. Some areas naturally have more fat buildup than others, so it will take a bit longer to see the results in those areas. Once you really start losing the fat layers over your muscles, you will see the definition you are working so hard to reveal.
#2 – Weight training will add too much bulk.
Many women think that lifting weights will make them gain huge, bulky muscles. This is also wrong. Your body will gain lean muscle when you start working out, but this results in a toned, sculpted body – not an overly bulky one. The reality is that women who do add a lot of bulk during weight training are more than likely using some kind of supplements to see those increases. Your natural physique will not allow you to get to the point of true bulk on its own.
#3 – Fat turns into muscle.
This myth is so wrong it is almost laughable – or it would be if so many people didn’t believe it. Fat and muscle are two entirely different compositions, and neither can turn into the other. When you start working out, you do lose fat, but not because it turns into muscle. The fat loss is due to the body breaking it down to use as fuel, which results in less fat and toned muscles. Conversely, muscle cannot turn into fat either. When you stop working out you lose muscle tone, but not because it is turning into fat. You are just gaining fat while losing muscle tone.
#4 – The only way to see results is to lift heavier weights.
Numerous studies have shown that this popular misconception is not true. Lighter weights allow you to complete more reps and sets, which leads to more muscle fatigue. This fatigue is what helps you start to gain muscle mass. Lifting heavier weights can result in the same thing, but it also increases the chance of injury. It is much more difficult to control body form when using heavy weights, which means you are not only working out inefficiently, but you are also much more likely to injure yourself.
#5 – You should only work out one area of muscle each workout.
This is not entirely untrue for bodybuilders, but it is false for those who are focusing on weight loss. When you work out more than one muscle group during your training, it results in an overall improvement in fat burning due to more muscle groups being involved.
Weight training is an excellent way to get in shape, as long as you make sure you are not falling for myths that hinder your progress.