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.
See this article here about turning fat into muscle.
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.
Here’s a simple (but very effective) home gym workout. Click here.
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.
See how 74 year old John got into the best shape of his life training with weights. Click here.
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. If you’re looking to set up a home gym on a budget, check these pages out:
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!
By incorporating weight training into your lifestyle it can greatly enhance the quality of life. You’ll feel stronger and more confident. Besides, one of the fantastic side effects of weight training is that you’ll look great and feel awesome.
Blake has been weight lifting for about 28 years now. He's 45 years of age and started seriously training when he was 18 years old.
Blake is the founder of Building-Muscle101.com, a successful fitness website that has been around for more than 15 years.