Megan K here with your Monday Motivation Pep Talk.
Sometimes it is helpful to know why something is beneficial so that we can continue to remind ourselves to get after it!
Today I wanted to debunk some common strength training related myths.
There is some bogus info circulating about strength training and if we buy into it we might not want to lift weights.
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 (at rest). Regular strength training helps you increase your muscle mass as well as preserve existing muscle mass, turning you into a fat burning machine…even at rest.
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 may not be 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 result without a very focused and dedicated effort.
Myth #4 Strength Training Is For Young People Only
Totally false! Active older across the globe have been proving this one wrong AND even better we can continue to improve our strength, endurance, bone density, lean mass and overall health up until we die.
Assuming that your doctor has given you the OK, you have much to gain from a regular weight lifting routine- whether you are 35 or 85.
Improved balance and coordination, better strength and flexibility, and a decreased risk of osteoporosis are just the beginning.
Myth #5 Use Light Weight and High Reps To Tone
This myth, popularized in the 90’s, that very high repetitions of very light weights would result in a toned physique, has become outdated.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 lean mass (giving the appearance of being toned)
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 that is challenging but not extremely difficult.
Including strength training as a part of your fitness routine is essential for achieving a stronger, healthier and leaner body.
Lets make it another great week!
Megan K and Team