We're living in the information age, meaning the internet has given us access to an unlimited amount of information. It's not far off to say you can literally learn how to do anything off of the internet. Unfortunately, just because it was posted on the internet doesn't mean it's entirely true. Once one person tells another person false information the outcome can be hundreds or thousands of people preaching false information.
Over the last 10 years of being involved in health and fitness, I have heard lots of stuff that wasn't entirely true and thankfully I have had sources in my life that stopped me from applying this wrong information (for too long) or even preaching it to others.
6 PIECES OF FITNESS ADVICE THAT AREN'T TRUE
1. There's only one way to workout
- This is completely wrong! A bodybuilder, powerlifter, crossfitter, and average gym goer may tell you their "system" is the best way to achieve the best results. If you don't enjoy what you're doing you most likely won't stick to it and the outcome of that will be failure. There are several different ways to get a workout in 3-5 times a week in which they will all promote a healthier lifestyle.
2. A perfect squat should look a specific way
- Everyone is built differently and has different leverages. Your squat may look completely different than your friend's squat. We are not saying your squat is perfect just because it's different we are just saying it doesn't have to look like everyone else's to be done correctly and effectively.
3. Lifting weights will make you look like a man
- I've heard this several times and it's not true. Women don't have the same hormone profile as men do therefore, it makes it very difficult to achieve the amount of muscle mass as a male would by lifting heavy weights. Interested in reading more about this? Check out Mindful Macros blog post (click here)!
4. You have to lift to failure
- Unfortunately, many people have abused "lifting to failure" over the years because icons such as Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that's what it takes to become a champion. Training until failure is definitely a great tool to maximize muscle growth but it needs to be used strategically. Doing a compound exercises such as a heavy barbell squat is already a dangerous exercise, doing this until failure would definitely break down your technique and increase the risk of injury. You should choose exercises that already have a low risk of injury such as many isolation exercises.
5. You need to train every day
- A lot of people believe you need to be in the gym every single day to make progress. This is untrue, if you're on a efficient training program you can reach your goals by training 3-4 times a week. There's a lot of variables that change this such as individual goals but if you're just looking to get into better shape than training 3-4 times a week is a great start!
6. Machines are safer than free weights
- Machines are a great tool in a gym but they are not superior over free weights nor are they safer. A lot of people think because it is a machine it is much safer. It can be quite difficult to get the right position for an individual's body type and leverages. With free weights, it can teach someone how to move weight properly and as long as the weight isn't heavy the person will learn the proper technique.
Heard something you feel isn't entirely true? Message me and I will confirm it for you! Thank for reading.