Myth Busting: Stop Saying These Things!

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Ah yes, the fitness industry…full of promises, unicorns and magical weight loss techniques. I was always taught to never plant an immovable flag. In other words, things in the science world are always advancing in different directions. It is important to have an open mind and even admit when you are wrong. However, there are some things that we know and today, I want to go over a couple things that I hear on a regular basis. Hopefully this helps more than it confuses so you can fight off those cyber used car salesmen…

 

Statement #1: Lifting lighter weights for higher reps will tone my muscles…

We have invented the wheel, sliced bread and put men on the moon. Shoot, we are even closer to being able to grow replacement organs for people in a lab. However, for some reason, the simple things seem to fall through the cracks. There is still a horrible fallacy going around the fitness industry and this is my attempt to shed some sarcastic light on the subject. For some reason, the assertion that lifting lighter weights for higher reps will tone your body. Inversely, lifting heavier weights for shorter rep ranges will turn you into Goro from mortal combat. Although, Goro may be a decent option but, four scapulas seems to be a bit too high maintenance for me… Joking aside, lifting heavy makes you bulky just as much as the tooth fairy replaces your child’s tooth with a quarter over night. Since I promised myself that I would make this less “sciency” and more “ranty”, I will make this simple: body fat is what makes you bulky. If you are fat, then you are bulky…if you have a lower body fat percentage, then you have this “toned” looked (we will be discussing muscle tone in another article). Here is the crazy part, you need to lift heavy enough to force adaptation and build the muscle that is necessary to achieve that “toned” look. If you are in the gym slinging around a five pound dumbbell because you do not want to look like my four armed friend below, you are doing nothing for yourself and are just going to end up sore and broke for wasting a gym membership.

 

 

 

Statement #2: “Muscle confusion…”

There are people out there who are convinced that they cannot perform the same exercises week in and week out because their body gets “used” to them. If the body gets used to something, then it is no longer a viable exercise, right? Your goal should aim to master certain lifts. Variety has its time and place, but since an exercise’s effectiveness is predicated upon how well you can perform them, why would you not do them often? Switching up workouts every week yields little to no progress and this form of ADHD training usually ends up with the person quitting because they see little to no progress! Look, I get it, variety has its place and the gym is no place for novelty lifting but who wants to do plain ole back squats when you can wrap chains around yourself and do them in the back of a moving pick-up? Variety does not have to be extreme. Change your tonnage moved, grip, reps, sets or move a couple accessory movements around. My old man used to tell me: “keep it simple stupid” and that may be some of the best advice I have ever received.

 

 

In closing, make sure you find credible sources for you information. As much as it kills me to type this, doing a simple Google search will change your perspective tremendously. Or you can go to your local JDFit facility and we will take care of it for you!!!!

2 Comments on “Myth Busting: Stop Saying These Things!”

  1. I found this to be very informative and insulting ,because before I started doing weightlifting 🏋️ I was guilty of this 😆.

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