5 SUPER SCARY Fitness Myths!!!

by Allen Gil October 31, 2014

5 SUPER SCARY Fitness Myths!!!

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Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what you should believe when people give you fitness advice.

I have written a few articles on fitness and nutrition myths, but how about gym and workout myths??!!!

Let’s debunk these scary myths so that they stop holding you back from getting a kick-butt workout with amazing results!

Scary Myth #1: I have to stretch before working out to avoid an injury.

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Research has proven that stretching is not necessary pre-workout to avoid injury.

As a matter of fact, research as shown that static (stretch and hold) stretching prior to exercise can actually impair performance by decreasing the ability of the muscle to produce full force.

Of course, this does not include a light warm up.

Scary Myth #2: Heart rate monitors will let you know how hard you are working.

Sometimes monitors can falter depending on what kind of exercise that you are doing.

Your own body is better at telling you how hard you are working.

A great guide to measure your intensity is if you can talk in full sentences, short phrases or barely able to push out 2-3 words.

Scary Myth #3: Your weight is the bottom line!

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Your weight has very little to do with your fitness level.

Muscle and fat weigh the same.

Fat takes up more mass, and muscle is leaner and more compact. Measure yourself by how your clothing is feeling and fits. I call that "fit and feel" test. try it! 

Scary Myth #4: Low intensity exercise burns more fat.

Actually the more intensely you exercise, the higher proportion of carbs you end up burning.

Yes, you may be burning less than, but in the end you are burning more calories.

Your body will dig into your fat, after it burns through the carbs, first. Kick that treadmill up a notch, maybe add an incline.

Scary Myth #5: Your cardio machine is counting the calories you are burning.

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This is my favorite for this series!

Caloric burn depends on

• age,
• sex,
• BMI (ratio of height to weight)
• and fitness level.

How can men vs. women, younger vs. older, have the same caloric burn?!?

Come to think about it, when was the last time you entered your sex and age into the stair climber at your gym?

So, the next time someone tells you that muscle weighs more than fat, or that they burned 400 calories on the ARC in the gym, maybe you can share my myths series with them!!

Pay it forward, and let's end these scary myths one myth at a time!

Happy Halloween!

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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