3 Myths About Weight Training That Need To Die

If you've followed the fitness space for a while, you might have come across some really bizzar claims. Ranging from extreme diets, doubtful supplements, to the good old "lifting is bad for your back". It is a long list, and the following are just three of the most common myths about weight training that we need to get rid of for good…

We have to start with this one...unfortunately. I honestly can’t believe I still need to address this with clients, but it comes up repeatedly. There is this persistent misconception that if you start lifting weights, you’ll instantly turn into a bodybuilder - muscles and veins everywhere. This couldn’t be further from the truth (sorry, guys :D). Although weight training is a potent stimulus for muscle growth, getting “bulkier” ultimately comes down to only one factor - calorie surplus, aka eating more than you burn. If you eat more than you burn and lift weights, you’re skewing the balance in favour of muscle building (rather than fat), but this process takes a long time and a lot of effort (and in the case of bodybuilders - steroids). Basically, don’t worry about it!

This is another one that is entirely backwards. A well-designed weight training program is completely safe and will help strengthen your joints. In addition to strengthening the muscles surrounding your joints (which by itself is joint-protective), it will also improve the range of motion available to your joints. In other words, it makes stiff and achy joints strong and flexy. So, weight training is probably the best thing you can do for your joints.

It actually does so much more. As we touched on in 2, it decreases the risk of

injury by strengthening your joints, tendons, and bones and improves your overall strength, coordination and balance. While not usually associated with that, weight training can also improve cardiovascular health, with notable effects on blood pressure. Lifting weights helps control blood sugar levels and positively affects mood and cognitive function.

Honestly, if weight training were a drug, it would be banned, so get on it!

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