The fitness world can be full of myths and this is especially true when it comes to strength training. People who want to lose weight or improve their health have a tendency to focus on cardiovascular exercises. Fitness trackers that show how many calories you have burned during a workout can help to reinforce this mindset. That is why we are going to set the record straight about strength training and bust some common myths.
Myth #1: Strength training will make me bulky.
In fact, the opposite is true. Lifting heavy weights will increase your metabolism and help you burn fat. While there will be some increases in your muscle size, a lower body fat percentage will actually make you look leaner. Remember that the huge body builders you see are intentionally trying to achieve that look and it takes a very specific diet and exercise routine to gain that kind of mass.
Myth #2: Strength training has a higher risk for injury.
While proper form is essential, regular strength training will help you avoid injuries by improving increasing your flexibility and bone density. Just think about the complexity of performing a squat. This type of motion requires that you have ankle, knee, and hip flexibility. In this way, strength training works to build stronger joints and help you stay injury-free.
Myth #3: Cardio is best for fat burning.
It requires more calories to maintain muscle. That means that the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn. There is no reason to abandon cardio thought. They key is to find a balanced approach that incorporates both types of exercise and continually challenges your body.
Myth #4: Strength training isn’t for me.
Strength training is for everyone. Every movement can be modified so that everyone, no matter their size, age, or fitness level, can do strength training. Also, keep in mind that no one starts out deadlifting 500 pounds. You will get stronger over time and the truth is that you don’t even need weights for strength training. Body weight exercises are enough to allow you to enjoy all the benefits that come with strength training.
For all these reasons and more, strength training is a key component of the Oak and Iron Fitness programming.
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