Thursday, August 30, 2007

Exercise Myths...Busted

Current Weight: 218 lbs
Body Fat: 31.0%
Exercise Myths...Busted

Myth 1: You can spot reduce fat. There is no such thing as spot reduction. There is no ab machine in existence that will define your abs without first making you loose total bodyweight and reduce total fat. For some people, fat stores predominately in specific areas, and reduces faster in others, but only through overall fat loss can you define your muscular structure.

Myth 2: Heavy weights cause weight gain and light weight causes muscle tone. There really is no such thing as toning with light weights. Weight lifters often repeat this myth but the reality is any physical exercise burns calories, reducing fat and defining muscle structure. The more calories you burn, the more fat you lose.

Myth 3: To get big, lift big. Heavier weights may help you achieve muscle fatigue faster than lighter weights, however, you can rip your muscle fibers
either way, causing them to rebuild stronger and larger. Heavier weights also increase the risk of injury, especially over long term use. Charles Atlas and Alexander Zass built their physiques primarily through isometric exercises. In addition to exercise, proper diet and rest are essential to increasing muscle mass.

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