Despite tons of evidence to the contrary, there are still a lot of myths that are perpetuated in the fitness industry. Here are the top four myths you probably believe:
Myth #1: Crunches = Six Packs
You need to do tons of sit-ups and crunches in order to get a six pack. FALSE.
The truth is that everybody has a six pack, but they are covered under a layer of fat. And the best way to get rid of abdominal fat is through proper diet, sleep and stress management.
So you want to get a six pack? You got to tackle those things first before you hit the floor. 😉
Myth #2: Machines = Safe
Are machines always safer than the free weights? The answer to this is – it depends.
Think of machines as a dessert to the main course of using free weights. Free weights are somewhat superior because they use functionality, natural motions and engage your stabilizers. However, machines really target the areas that you want to work on. For example, if you want to work on quads, nothing beats Leg Extensions.
Myth #3: Squat = Bad Knees
Squats are bad for your knees only if you’re not doing them correctly. A lot of people bring their knees past the toes which is totally incorrect. You need to get your knees above your ankles, not in front of your toes and use your bum to sit back on your heels. If you’re able to wiggle your toes at the bottom, you’re doing squats correctly because you are engaging your glutes rather than your knees. And that’s how you do a proper squat saving your knees from injury.
Myth #4: Cardio = Lean
You don’t need to do tons of cardio to lean out. A lot of people enjoy going out for long run and that’s fine. But if you’re doing it to lose fat, that might not be the best way to go about it. It can be way more effective if you vary the intensity of your run and pay attention to your diet first. That means, you can always do intense sprints mixed with jogging, climbing stairs and walking. This is much more effective way to lose fat and making your body a fat burning machine.
Were you fooled by them too? 😛