When it comes to the weight rack, there are a lot of muscle myths circulating out there, like lifting is just for men and heavy weights will give you bodybuilder bulk. And unfortunately, some of these fables have gained enough steam over the years to turn people off to the prospect of weight training. In response, we’re tackling some of the more common myths we’ve heard and bringing you the TRUTH about the bench. Let’s put these rumors to rest.
MYTH 1: LIFTING WILL MAKE YOU BULKY
While lifting will increase your metabolism and spur muscle growth, it promotes a fit, lean physique, and unless you’re specifically training to bulk up (i.e. amping your calorie intake way up, among other things), you won’t turn into the hulk.
MYTH 2: HEAVY WEIGHTS ARE ONLY FOR BODYBUILDERS
Again, the “bulk” is a factor here, as people tend to associate heavier weights with bodybuilder-like muscles. And if you’re just starting out, those 5-8 lb. weights are just fine, but as your muscles grow stronger, you should regularly increase the weight to continually challenge the body. This will make the muscle stronger, denser, and leaner. So if you’re breezing through your reps no problem, then it’s time to amp up the weight.
MYTH 3: LIFTING IS DANGEROUS
For novice lifters, the weight room can seem pretty intimidating. That’s another way group classes can be super beneficial, as every movement is guided by a certified trainer that will teach you proper form. At LIFTONIC, the instructor is always visible on individual TV screens above every bench, so you never miss a beat.
MYTH 4: LIFTING BURNS FEWER CALORIES THAN RUNNING OR CARDIO
Quite the opposite, actually – while cardio burns calories while you’re in motion, lifting revs up your metabolism so that you continue to burn fat outside of the studio. Why? Weight training breaks down the muscles, so after your workout, your metabolism operates at a heightened level to rebuild the muscles, thus continuing to burn more calories while you rest.
MYTH 5: YOU SHOULD SIT DOWN AND REST BETWEEN EACH SET
Actually, to get the most out of each workout, you should incorporate active rest techniques that continue to challenge the body and help the muscles recover quicker. At LIFTONIC, we design each workout with pilates movements and body-weight calisthenics at a reduced intensity in-between the weight sets to ensure you get the most out your 50 minutes.