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5 Fitness Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Myth: Crunches will give you six-pack abs

Truth: While crunches can help strengthen your abdominal muscles, they won’t give you six-pack abs on their own. A combination of strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and a healthy diet is necessary for achieving visible abs.

Myth: Lifting weights will make you bulky

Truth: Lifting weights can help you build muscle, but it won’t necessarily make you bulky. Building significant muscle mass requires a dedicated focus on training and nutrition, and most people won’t achieve a bulky physique without specifically training for it.

Myth: You need to stretch before exercise to prevent injury

Truth: While stretching can be beneficial for improving flexibility and mobility, recent research has shown that static stretching can cause you to lose 30% of your force production before exercise. Instead, it’s recommended to perform a dynamic warm-up to prepare your muscles and joints for exercise and of course foam roll!!!

Myth: You need to work out every day to see results

Truth: Rest and recovery are just as important as exercise when it comes to achieving fitness results. Overtraining can lead to injury and burnout, so it’s important to allow your body time to rest and recover between workouts. And make sure you are training with purpose, intention and progression. There is a science to the madness. 

Myth: Cardio is the best way to lose weight

Truth: While cardiovascular exercise can be an effective tool for weight loss, it’s not necessarily the best or only way. It’s super important that you add in strength training 3-4x a week which will not only change your BMI and help you lose weight by building muscle mass, but will also help you  increase your metabolism and burn more calories at rest.

I share this so that you can make more informed decisions about your fitness routine and achieve your goals more effectively. Remember to focus on a combination of strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and a healthy diet, and to prioritize rest and recovery to avoid burnout and injury.

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