Let's get the facts straight about what weight training can and cannot do

Myth 1: Lifting weights causes bulky muscles

This is one myth I hear over and over and not only from women.

First off, women don't really have the genetic potential to build huge muscles since they lack the hormone testosterone needed for the development of large muscles. Lifting weights will not cause your body to bulk up with muscle.

Myth 2: Lifting weights defeminizes women

Having tight, firm muscles actually has nothing to do with "defeminizing". Proper weight lifting will help you look and feel better by improving your physical working capacity, body composition, and lower your risk of injury.

Myth 3: Weight lifting is much too complex

Weight lifting can be one of the easiest exercises to do. I like to coin the phrase "keep it simple" when it comes to weight lifting. That is, the more simpler your approach to weight lifting, the more likely your efforts will be successful.

Myth 4: No pain, no gain

Anyone can experience the benefits of weight lifting without feeling pain. Weight lifting should challenge you and put a reasonable demand on your muscles to increase your strength without exposing you to an unreasonable risk of injury.

Myth 5: You need alot of protein powders and supplements to lift weights

By incorporating a sound nutritional program into your weight lifting program, there is no reason to add any supplements to your diet. The approach is simple. Use weight resistance exercise to build strength while providing your body the necessary nutrients it needs to grow. Couple this with adequate rest and you have the recipe for a healthy and toned body.

Myth 6: Muscle eventually turns to fat when you stop training

Muscle cannot turn to fat. Muscle is physically impossible to turn to fat because they don't have physiological ability to change from one type of tissue to another. If you stop using the muscle, it shrinks in size.

Myth 7: The more you train the better it is

With any form of exercise, you eventually reach a point where the gains come slowly. As you progress and your body becomes stronger, it will get increasingly harder to get stronger. Don't be discouraged because this happens to us all. The quality of your workouts is much more important than the quantity of time spent training. A quality workout of 25 to 30 minutes can effectively and safely develop strength and muscular fitness.

Myth 8: Weight lifting is not for older individuals

It's never too late to improve the quality of your life by enjoying a higher level of muscular fitness. In fact, muscular fitness can extend your functional life span.

Myth 9: Weight lifting is expensive

Muscles can't distinguish between a machine that costs $25 to a machine that costs $2500. All that matters is how they respond to the stress applied to them. It doesn't matter where you train, as long as you apply correct weight lifting techniques to your body you will benefit the effects of weight lifting exercise.

Myth 10: Weight lifting is no fun

Weight lifting can and should be fun. You can design a weight lifting program that suits your physical needs while being alot of fun. Trust me, once you start it will be very hard to quit!

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