Don’t lift or do lift? Will I bulk up too quickly and look scary? How much protein should I obtain? What supplements should I take? Women’s fitness is so different than men’s fitness in many different aspects. I’m here to debunk those crazy myths for you!
Myth #1: Lots of reps and little weight.
You have probably all said it at least once when you start to work out. “I don’t want to go to the weight section at all because I’m going to bulk up. I’ll just jump on the treadmill for 45 minutes.” The truth is, you would have to have a lot of testosterone in your body or inject yourself with steroids, you won’t bulk up and look scary big. Don’t be afraid of gaining more muscle.
Myth #2: Cardio is more important for fat loss than weight lifting.
A big concern with weight loss is also muscle loss. Not many people know this but less muscle equals lower metabolism. So, essentially, when you incorporate more cardio into your workouts instead of equal parts weight training and cardio, you will find it harder to lose weight, no matter how well you eat.
Myth #3: If I workout more, I’ll lose more weight.
This is partially true, but there are many people think that weight loss ONLY comes from the gym or through whatever workout they are doing. It all boils down to the age-old quote that EVERYONE needs to live by: “Abs are made in the kitchen.” Eating right and putting healthy things into your body are just as important as your workouts. If you know you are working your hardest in the gym, take as much initiative at the grocery store when you are shopping for food for the upcoming week. Research good food prep and take a Sunday afternoon to buy healthy items from the store and to cook and prep it into separate containers so they are ready to go. Make sure you have a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
You have no excuse if you are in a hurry and running out the door if it’s all ready to go!
Myth #4: Protein will make you fat.
Men say it all the time that they need protein to bulk up. Some women hear this and make sure they steer clear of anything that has an ounce of protein in it. The truth is, protein is just as important for women as it is for men in the sense that for women, it helps us burn fat. Protein supports muscle and tissue growth, so it is essential for the development of lean muscle mass, which elevates metabolism. Women who are active need more protein even if their goals are to lose weight and body fat. Protein will also help you feel fuller and not as hungry, leading you to eating fewer calories. Your body takes a longer time to digest protein.
There you have it! Just a few of the many myths about female fitness that everyone needs to know have been officially debunked. No more avoiding the weight section or protein!
Happy training, ladies!