Weight Training Myths


How about this, if you worked out and you got good muscle defined body; And then for whatever reason/s you stopped working out for sometime. Then your body would turn into FAT.

How much of this is true? Answer: NONE, Muscle NEVER turns into fat.

So lets put some of these ridicules myths about weight training that you may have heard about, to rest.

Your muscles turn to fat when you stop working out

Who ever is telling you this, you need to stop listening to them. Muscle does not turn into fat as a matter of fact what really happens is this: when you are working out, you’re putting your muscles though stress. When muscles are asked to do more work than they are used to, they suffer minor ruptures. You’ll feel these micro-tears as muscle soreness. And when you are not working out, your body rests. These muscles are then being repaired.  When you do this on a regular basis, the result is that the muscle is slightly larger than before, and so the process goes on.

That is until you stop working out completely. And then your muscles go through a process called atrophy (technical term) meaning your muscles get smaller when you’re not using them, for an extended period of inactivity like months or even years. As the muscle shrinks, there’s more space for adipose tissue (a form of fat storage) to build between the muscle and the skin.

And also when you were working out, you eating habits had changes to maintain the muscle recovery and build process. And this eating habit tends to carry on long after workout had stopped and the body starts to accumulate fat. Most of this fat is stored between your skin and muscle.

The more you workout, the bigger you’ll get

This is known as being a gym-junkie or simply calling it overtraining. I am sure you seen plenty of guys coming out of the gym dressed in a t-shire 2 size too small.  It’s like looking at a sand bag on stilts. No pun intended!!

You have to have a goal plan for your workout, the size and the build you want. Be strategic and start easy and work your way to gaining more intensity as you move up the ladder of gaining strength.

To think that harder they lift, the more they’ll gain and the bigger they’ll get, is just not true. Body needs to recover after each workout. It’s considered the most important aspect of training.

If you go all out with your workout on any body part, give yourself at least 1day to recover from it. If you come back the next day and max out on another body part, you’ll create micro-tears in the muscle that you’re body won’t be able to repair as quickly as you would want it to. Doing this over the period of a few weeks will results in some serious overtraining along with a prolonged weight plateau. Avoid this!

To build muscle It’s necessary to take protein and vitamin supplements

Far more important is to keep a balanced diet, which can provide enough energy for your day-to-day routine/s. Also what people don’t realise is how much protein you get in your diet every single day. Most of us get enough protein intake daily.

Having said that if you are into heavy fat based foods like burgers, dairy products on a daily basis then the rules above don’t make any sense. And before you even think of getting into the gym, you WILL need to sit with pen and paper and get your diet right. Until you do that all the training in the world wont do any justice.

Consult your doctor about supplements and unless he/she feels you may become deficient after you begin training. The only people who may require protein supplements are vegans who eat very little protein throughout the day and bodybuilders trying to gain lots of weight.

So the point here is that we don’t need to either start or increase our daily vitamin intake for the purpose of strength training.

By eating a low-fat diet You won’t get fat 

If you don’t eat any fat, your body stores everything you take in. You’ll be less likely to use this energy (carbs) for your workout! It’s absolutely essential to eat a balanced diet. Plan your food intake for your training/workout and you’ll be well on your way to success!

Eating a super low-fat diet actually forces your body to store more of what you take in. In other words, because you’re not getting any dietary fat, your body will take the carbs and proteins and convert them all into fat.

Remember that you do NOT burn fat during a workout. Fat burning happens while you’re resting! Your workout relies on carbohydrates and glycogen that you take in as foods.

When women lift weights, they’ll become stiff, bulky and inflexible

Whether you’re a man or a woman you will need to spend hrs upon hrs daily in the gym in order to get really bulky.

But for a woman its even harder, because woman don’t have the testosterone to support the substantial muscle gain required. A woman will have to take copious amount of steroids to get to that stage.

What women will gain and benefit from weight training is an increased metabolism and more feminine shape in their body.



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