10 Fitness Myths That You Might Still Believe

In today’s world, information is at our fingertips.  While this is a blessing, it can also be a lead to a lot of misinformation.  Here are ten fitness myths that you might still believe!

  • Myth #1:  Squatting Is Bad For Your Knees!


Don’t shy away from doing barbell squats next time you go to the gym!  While many people have said in the past that squats are bad for your knees, that is 100% false.  Doing squats will actually build strong muscles to support your joints rather than causing injury.

  • Myth #2:  Up The Crunches If You Want A Killer Six Pack!

Actually, crunches won’t do you any good in attaining that chiseled look you are going for!  While you may build up ab muscle, those abs will never show unless you have a lower body fat percentage.  Having abs is, in fact, almost entirely a matter of low body fat.  This is followed by genetics, but don’t use genetics as an excuse not to try.

  • Myth #3:  Stretch Before Your Workout


While stretching after your workout is a great idea to avoid injury and soreness, stretching before your workout could actually cause injury!  That isn’t a guarantee but some studies have shown that doing stretches before you work out actually destabilizes your muscles.  Try doing a warm-up before your workout to get the blood flowing and you will be much better off.

  • Myth #4:  You Can Spot Reduce Fat


I’ve gotten into (polite)arguments about this all the time, and it is the question I get asked most through my email:  “Can you spot reduce fat?” The answer is no! You may store fat more in some areas due to genetics, but that doesn’t mean crunches can burn off the extra stomach fat.  Try a good resistance training routine, some good cardio, and a great diet to drop your body fat percentage, feel great, and look better!

  • Myth #5:  Test Boosters!

Raise your hand if you are guilty of buying test boosters!  **I guiltily had to raise my hand since I was naive starting out**  There is actually no evidence to support the possibility that natural test boosters actually work!  The only thing I am certain of with test boosters is that they are a waste of money.  Know that you aren’t buying actual prohormones or steroids so they won’t work to raise you testosterone level over natural limits, and if your testosterone is so low you think you absolutely need the help….then you could probably just get a prescription for real testosterone therapy.

  • Myth #6:  Lifting Weights Will Make You Look Like A BodyBuilder

A lot of women don’t want to look weights because they are afraid of looking “bulky”.  Trust me, due to genetics and hormones you won’t get that bulky look.  You’ll look fine unless you start taking steroids and other than that, you’ll be able to control how far you take it in the weight room!  So keep calm, and keep lifting!

  • Myth #7:  Sweating Means You Burned More Calories

Sorry to rain on that sweaty parade of yours…

While sweating can sometimes be a great indicator of a hard day’s work in the gym, it can also mean that it was just really hot.  Sweating is your body’s physiological response to being overheated.  Nevertheless, keep working hard in the gym and keep sweating and you will burn more calories through perseverance.

  • Myth #8:  Running is Bad For Your Knees


I did a little bit of research on this and found that running actually isn’t that hard on your knees!  The knees of older runners compared to other people of the same age were of no worse condition.  I would like to add that you should probably still wear a nice running shoe and throw in some squats!

  • Myth #9:  Muscle Weighs More Than Fat


This is just funny!  I read this on someone’s blog post one day and had a real laugh, because I’ve even said this before(and I bet some of you have too):  “Muscle weighs more than fat?”  How though?  How much does a pound of muscle weigh? A pound.  How much does a pound of fat weigh?  A pound.

Muscle is leaner than fat!  But it certainly doesn’t weigh more!

  • Myth #10:  Cardio Will Give You A 48 Hour AfterBurn

The statement itself is true, but you don’t benefit nearly as much from this afterburn as you think.  Some experts say that you will only burn 20 extra calories a day!  Weight training will give a slightly higher afterburn but it still isn’t anything significant.  Therefore, if you really want to lose weight you’ll probably just have to do more cardio or add intensity!  If you still don’t lose weight, then try dropping your calories.

..and there you have it!  Ten fitness myths that you may have still believed!  I hope you benefited from reading this post! 

Train hard and train smart!  Make sure you have some maxed out muscles!

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16 thoughts on “10 Fitness Myths That You Might Still Believe

  1. dray0308 says:

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    This is Maxed Out Muscles with GREAT fitness information. Pay attention!

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  3. MahalRamos says:

    (..adds running to her workout list). well, there we have it. 🙂 another great post. real info and real talk. thank you!

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  4. Merunikitty says:

    I totally love your blog! I especially loved this post! As someone who has been “dabbling” with running and weights for the past few years, I have a hard time figuring out what is real and what is just made up! That said, your post was right on target for things I have been wondering about!!! Thanks! I however have one question, is there a good quality shoe you recommend for running and for cardio? I have found that I (and probably everyone, I have no clue) cannot wear the same shoe that I use for running as I do for cardio and weight lifting! Any help?

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    • I would recommend Asics. They can be kind of expensive but I bought a light running shoe from them when I ran cross country an they were phenomenal. It may have been an added placebo effect but my running times went down drastically when I switched to them from a heavy Nike shoe I bought at a cheaper price. This might not always be the case, but it seems that you get what you pay for. Check the Amazon reviews on whatever you want to buy so you have everyone’s opinion of that particular shoe.

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      • Merunikitty says:

        You are a gentleman and a scholar! I have stuck with Nikes for as long as I can remember and I had one great shoe that has long since perished and I have never been able to find another one I liked! I also loved Pumas but I have never tried Asics! I will totally do that though! Thanks!

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      • No problem! Also, keep in mind that I ran cross country almost five years ago so their shoes may not be the same quality(who knows lol). The best route is to find a pair on Amazon that you like(or other retailer where you can see reviews). They will probably leave some good and bad comments; it should help you find the perfect running shoe 🙂 I hope I helped.

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      • Merunikitty says:

        Very much so!! I’m a big review reader on everything! I didn’t even think about Amazon for shoes! Thank you so much!!

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      • Not a problem! That’s where I buy a lot of things since they have so many reviews.

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  5. Ursus Training says:

    Those saying that lifting weights will make you look like a bodybuilder have never seen strongmen and (competetive) powerlifters! 😀

    I’m not saying those guys aren’t full of muscle, but that they prefer to put on a lot of weight to be on better odds with the weights they lift.

    And I’m sure everyone heard this one: ” Maybe you shouldn’t put on any more muscle, you look just fine like that…You’re gonna look like those bodybuilders!” – yeah, for sure I am! HAHA

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  6. Great post, but I think the knee caps one is just an excuse to skip leg day 😂. And about the muscle that weights less than fat, people really need to ubderstand that one pound of muscle is the same as one pound of, it’s just more densely packed, it’s like one pound of water is the same as one pound of wet concrete. Great post man!!!! Enjoyed reading it!👋

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  7. finnwest2015 says:

    Reblogged this on Recked with Finn West and commented:
    Another great post from a man that is quickly becoming one of my fitness heroes. Check out these myths before you hit the gym today!

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