Surprising myths about lifting weights


Jun 14, 2021

 by Leon Beeloo
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Weight training is a key weapon for losing fat and transforming your body. I talk to a lot of people who are frustrated they are not seeing result despite the hours they are committing to their spin bike and miles spent on the road running. If you are still relying on cardio to help you lose weight you need to consider working with a coach who will help you incorporate more weight training (and possibly less cardio) to achieve the outcome you are looking for. It's quite possible all the cardio you are doing is not only eating up valuable time from you calendar, it is also making it harder for you to grab your favorite pair of jeans and rock the hell out of them.

Take a look at the list below to see which myths about lifting weights you believe.  Overcoming these misconceptions may help bring you to the truth that strength training is one of the absolute best things you can do for your health and appearance.

Myth #1 Muscle Turns Into Fat

Why would anyone want to build muscle if it could morph into fat after a span of disuse? Rest assured that this is a myth of the highest order.

Muscle tissue is muscle tissue. Fat tissue is fat tissue. One will never become the other.

Myth #2 Strength Training Doesn’t Burn Fat

On the contrary, muscle mass is your number one ally against fat gains.

A pound of muscle burns 10-20 calories each day, while you’re just living and breathing. Regular strength training helps you increase your muscle mass as well as preserve existing muscle mass, turning you into a fat burning machine.

Myth #3 Lifting Weights Makes Women Bulk Up

Yes, strength training increases the amount of muscle on your body; so many women take this to mean that their body will become body-builder-esque, which is quite the look you’re going for.

The truth is that the female body simply doesn’t contain high enough levels of testosterone to produce that level of results without a very focused and dedicated effort. 

The tighter, toned figure of a recreational female weight lifter is every bit feminine.

Myth #4 Strength Training Is Only For Young People

First off, that is ageism. Second as a 50-year old, weight training is even more critical for me now than it ever was as a twenty or thirty something. Back then it was about the esthetic that lifting provided. Now it's about Thriving and Durability. 

And by the way, that’s a used-up excuse that senior citizens across the globe have shattered.

Assuming that your doctor has given you the OK, you have much to gain from a regular weight lifting routine.

  • Improved balance 
  • Better coordination
  • More strength 
  • More flexibility
  • A decreased risk of osteoporosis 

And these are just the beginning.

Myth #5 Use Light Weight and High Reps To Tone

The idea that very high repetitions of very light weights would result in a toned physique, has become outdated. These high repetitions will increase your muscular endurance but will not add strength or tone. 

We now know that in order to truly challenge your muscles, heavier weights with lower repetitions are a must. Start with an 8-10 repetition range and push your muscles with each set.

Including strength training as a part of your fitness routine is essential for achieving a fit and toned body. Starting in July we will be incorporating a client-centric training program that will involve a customized training plan focused on you and your goals. Combine this strength training with the metabolic conditioning you will get from boot camp and you won't be able to stop the transformation from happening.

You can get on the program waiting list by going to southshorefit.com/strength-training. I will have a special charter membership offer available to those on the list.