As certified personal trainers, we frequently are asked questions about fitness and nutrition. There are many myths out there that need to be busted. It is our job to make sure you, our clients, receive factual information and expand your own knowledge so you can get the results you want.
Here are a few “myths vs facts” examples that give you the correct information about fitness and nutrition.
Myth: Lifting weights will make me bulky.
Fact: There are many reasons to lift weights: to build strength, to tone muscle, to gain muscular endurance, and to gain more muscle mass. If your goal is to become a body builder, there are specific workout and nutrition regimes to build up that muscle mass and make you “bulkier.” However, most clients aren’t after that look. So we make sure you are doing the appropriate weight, sets and reps to help achieve the goal and look you want. Now that doesn’t mean you are only lifting lighter weights. Lifting heavier weights will make you stronger, help you burn more fat, and give you a leaner look.
Myth: Doing only abs and squats will help me lose fat on my tummy and thighs.
Fact: Unfortunately, there is no such thing as spot reducing. What we can do is help you focus on your nutrition so your body is consuming the right calories and macro-nutrients. We also can help you tone those areas with a variety of exercises so you get better results. As you lose body fat, your muscles will be strong and more defined.
Myth: You need to do a ton of cardio to lose weight.
Fact: No, you don’t. How much or little cardio you do will depend on what your personal trainer designs for you and your fitness goals. Cardio alone won’t help you lose weight. A well-rounded plan will give you the best results for weight loss. That includes an appropriate strength-training program, cardio routine and a nutrition plan.
Myth: I need to do a 21-day cleanse to jump start weight loss.
Fact: Eating the right balance of calories and macro-nutrients (carbs/proteins/fats) will help you lose weight. Frequently, fad diets like 21-day cleanses may cause people to lose a lot of weight early on. That weight loss is usually water weight. When they return back to their regular eating, the weight comes back on—and usually with a few extra pounds. Personal trainers will help you focus on your nutrition and workout plan so you lose weight steadily and permanently. For long lasting weight loss results, remember: It’s a marathon not a sprint.
Myth: I need to go to the gym to get a good workout.
Fact: Personal trainers will design a workout for you, wherever you desire. The majority of our clients train out of their homes: living rooms, garages, basements … and with little equipment. It’s amazing what great workouts you can have with just a few dumbbells, a ball and some resistance bands. You’ll see and feel the difference. A gym membership is not necessary. However, if you want to work out on your own in a local gym, we will gladly give you workout plans to help you stay on track with your fitness goals. We have seen wonderful success from clients no matter what their workout set up looked like. We truly will train you wherever and whenever.