Exercise Myths

Lifting weights makes women bulky

Sadly, this myth keeps a lot of women out of the weight room. The truth of the matter is that men have more testosterone, which makes it easier for them to build muscle. Even female bodybuilders often are on steroids and are in the gym for long hours on most days to look the way they do. Even if you are one the women who do naturally put on muscle, you can always lose some of it if you want to. Remember that although cardio burns calories during exercise, weight training will contribute to increasing your metabolism and, therefore, you will burn more calories even when you are sleeping.

Spot reduction

One of the most common requests I get from my female clients is to reduce fat from their thighs and abdomen. Men usually want to reduce their “beer gut”. Fat is stored throughout the body and will be lost all over as well. We are all genetically predisposed to storing more fat in certain areas. You cannot change your genetics. What you can do is reduce your overall body fat by being consistent with your cardio and resistance (weight) training and limiting your caloric intake.

Working out takes too much time

Most people simply do not have the time to spend two hours at the gym, five days a week. The good news is that you don’t have to. If your exercise sessions are well structured and intense, chances are you will be better off then the person next to you who is watching television or reading the newspaper during their two-hour workout.

Lots of crunches=Great Abs

You could have the best “6-pack” in the world, but if it is covered by a layer of fat, it won’t do you much good. This brings us back to regular exercise and a sensible nutrition plan. There is no getting around this unless you are one of those lucky people who are naturally skinny (ectomorphs). Don’t forget, however, that skinny does not equal healthy.