In the world of fitness and weight training, myths and misconceptions abounds, especially with regard to weight training and women. We take a look at 10 common training myths and debunk them for you.
Myth 1: Weight training will make you too muscular
Many women are afraid of working out on the free weights floor because they do not want to become too muscular. As women don’t and can’t naturally produce as much testosterone as men do, it’s impossible for them to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely lifting weights. Gaining muscle mass is also dependent on taking in sufficient protein to repair the muscles following weight training. If you’re afraid of your body turning into that of a female bodybuilder, it’s important to understand that many use anabolic steroids, along with other drugs and extreme training to achieve that high degree of muscularity. Training with weights and eating a normal, healthy diet will result in a firm and fit cellulite-free physique.
Myth 2: Only cardio can help with weight loss
Many gym-goers dedicate all of their time to cardio equipment, aerobic classes and spinning sessions to achieve their weight-loss goals, as they believe that only cardio results in fat loss. This is, however, untrue. By including weight training in your exercise regimen you will increase your muscle mass (don’t stress, see myth 1), which in turn boosts your basal metabolic rate – the amount of calories you burn in a day to keep your body functioning. Weight training also creates a greater increase in post-exercise metabolic rate than most forms of cardio. Weight training will also improve strength, which will enable you to push yourself harder when you do your cardio exercises. This will make it easier for you to work at higher intensities, ensuring quicker results.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.