EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: FEMALE TRAINING MYTHS

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: A few weeks ago, I discussed a few myths regarding weight loss. You can read that here.Today I am going to lay out a few myths that just won’t seem to die when it comes to women and training.1.“Women shouldn’t lift heavy weights.”  This is something that I hear on a daily basis.The usual line goes ‘I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to get too bulky. I just want to tone up.”That ‘toned’ look that nearly every woman wants is the result of a low level of body fat and an increase in muscle.Lifting lighter weights for higher repetitions will not ‘tone’ and shape your muscles. There is simply not enough stimulus for the muscle. Ladies, you are not going to wake up one morning , look in the mirror and say, ‘Whoops! I went and got too big’. It’s never going to happen.2.‘’You can ‘Spot Reduce’ fat’’:What I mean by ‘spot reduce’ is the idea that if you don’t like your tummy, then all you have to do is a load of sit ups and you will only burn fat on your tummy.The body doesn’t work that way I’m afraid.You cannot burn fat from only one area of the body. When you eat right and train, you will lose fat from all over your body. If you naturally carry fat in a particular area of your body, then this will be the hardest to lose it from.Get a sound nutrition and training plan and this will help speed up the process.3.“Sit ups burn fat”:Sit ups do not burn fat. 4.“Doing hours of cardio will get you the body you want.”Every day, I see people who want to get in shape coming into the gym, going through the same cardio machines day in and day out but getting nowhere.If you enjoy it, keep doing it.If you want to change the shape of your body, you don’t necessarily need cardio to begin with, but you absolutely need to weight train.Your diet will govern your weight loss; the right training will help you get to where you want when it comes to the shape of your body.5.“Women need to train differently from men!”There is absolutely no reason that women should train differently from men.In fact, doing bigger compound exercises like squats, push ups, lunges, pull ups and deadlifts will have a better effect than isolation exercises like leg extensions, bicep curls and triceps kickbacks.These bigger exercises allow you to move more weight so you are stimulating more muscle, which will help you get better results.6.“Muscle will turn to fat when you stop training!”This is impossible. Muscle cannot turn to fat.That’s like saying a toaster can turn into a kettle. They are two completely different things.If you stop training and over eat calories, you may lose some muscle mass and gain some body fat, but you can easily rectify this with a few tweaks to your diet and by starting training again.7.‘’If you lift weights, you will gain weight’’Muscle does not weigh more than fat.A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat.However, muscle takes up much less surface area, so your weight on the scales might not change that much, but your clothes could fit much better and the shape of your body could drastically change for the better.If you have any question on starting weight training or for getting a program based on your starting point, contact me through the link below.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: FEMALE TRAINING MYTHS was last modified: March 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefemale training mythsfitness columnlast_img

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