Shining the light on 3 BIG Fitness Myths. In the world of fitness, myths and half-truths are a bound. We have been clouded with mountains of bad advice over the years. And if you are like most people, sifting through the information can seem all too hard. Here’s some of the loudest and most misunderstood advice that could be slowing down your fitness progress, and what you should do instead –
1.Running on the treadmill is the most effective form of cardio.
For years I’ve witnessed people sweating out on the treadmill, logging in the miles – sometimes for hours! Yes, cardio definitely has a place but not all cardio is the same. Research proves that HIIT (high-intensity interval training) actually produces far more effective fitness and weight loss gains by giving you a training effect for up to 24 hours AFTER your workout. Sure you can still do this on the treadmill but you can’t just press a button and zone out to watch TV. HIIT workouts are shorter and more intense – they require focus and presence.
2. Pilates is only for Women.
You may have heard a lot of myths about Pilates. For example, it’s only for ballet dancers or just for women. Perhaps you’ve heard it’s an easy workout. Well, none of those things are true. Many professional athletes – including AFL and NFL players now incorporate Pilates (and Yoga) into their training regimes. It improves EVERYTHING about their training, performance and injury prevention. If you want to make your body stronger, and everything else in your life better, join the growing number of men flocking to Pilates.
3.Lifting weights will give women big muscles.
Let’s debunk this myth once and for all. An enormous amount of hard training, heavy lifting and specific eating would be required for you to get big muscle growth. Here’s a really great article that explains it in depth by Andrew Read – read it HERE. Hope these help you to soar to new heights.