The staff at New Heart Fitness hear what people think about weight lifting. It’s time to dispel some myths.
The one we hear the most from men and woman is, “I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to bulk up.”
Well, that’s great because bulking or growing your muscles bigger than the average just doesn’t happen easily. Even if you are an “easy gainer” you would have to lift, eat and consume some serious supplements like its your full time job to get huge muscles. But here’s my disclaimer, if you lift heavy weights, take too many breaks, and eat too much crappy food you will gain (but it won’t be all muscle, if you know what I mean.) However, with an average lifting program, you are more likely to just tone up, have more energy and feel stronger!
Machines are better than free weights,,, or are they!?
I know some will disagree, but hear me out. With free weights you have to keep stability through the core, as well as balance and coordination and you can work through different planes of motion. Where as the machines only allow you to work through one plane which in turn means your focus is only one body part. So, to clear up this myth: Free weights are just as good or even better than machines. You get more bang for your buck!
In order to lose fat or work your cardiovascular system you must stick to the cardio machines! (ie treadmill or bike)
I’m sorry but this is just not true! Yes, cardio machines have their purpose and can be a great addition to lifting weights but did you know, doing weight bearing exercises can also help you lose weight. Muscle mass helps increase your metabolic rate.
I like to explain it this way, “The more muscle you have on your body the more your body becomes a fat burning machine!” Did you know short bursts of higher intensity weight lifting can give you quite the cardiovascular workout? Try it; you will feel your heart pounding at the end of each set! Also, just for the record: lots of hours on the treadmill will actually burn off your muscle.
The Bottom line:
There are way more benefits of weight lifting (okay that could be a whole other post) than these 3 myths can prove. But doing weight resistance exercises with free weights will not make you bulk up, and you do not need to spend hours on the treadmill.