Weightlifting has helped “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger build brick-house bodies. This has brought about many myths that have scared many people away from this type of workout when it really shouldn’t. Instead, you should take the time to look through these myths to see how the benefits largely outweigh them.
Myth #1: You’ll Grow Bulky
This weightlifting myth is steeped in history because magazines, movies, and the media have all said or show that this is the goal here. Nevertheless, coaches and personal trainers say this is an effective way to get in shape, not necessarily get muscular and defined. This is because building muscle is so complex.
Myth #2: You’ll Burn Fewer Calories Than you will with Cardio
While an hour-long workout may burn less calories than an hour-long run, you’ll burn more calories when you lose weight due to something called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). This is your body’s increased rate of oxygen consumption as it recovers after you’ve worked out.
Myth #3: You’ll Become Less Flexible
A properly implemented weightlifting program will enhance your mobility because you’re not “bulking up.” Gymnasts are a prime example of this. While they’re quite muscular, they’re also quite flexible and mobile enough to perform their routines.
Myth #4: You’ll have to go to the Gym
Myth #5: You’ll Need Weight Machines, not Free Weights
Weightlifting machines oftentimes seem less intimidating, but they’re less effective too. This is because they force you to move in an unnatural way that you wouldn’t otherwise use your muscles. An example of this is the Smith machine. It requires you to move a loaded bar along a set of vertical rails. When the scientists in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research studied this, they found that free weights are better because you have to more fully engage your muscles to stabilize you throughout this “process.”
Myth #6: You’ll Need to Lift Weights Based on Your Gender
According to this myth, men should lift heavy weights while women should lift light weights. Truthfully, regardless of how heavy the weights are you use in your workout muscle is still muscle, meaning they’ll still respond to your training in the same way. As such, choosing between heavy or light weights should depend on your fitness level, goals, and amount of experience instead of your biology. This is why you should start with light weights and work your way up to heavier ones – even then you should still occasionally lift some lighter weights so you work both types of muscle fiber.
Now that you know what the truth is about weightlifting, it’s time to get started with a new workout regime. You can get some help from Fitness 360 with creating the “perfect” routine for you. Contact them today.
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