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The Top 4 Most Common Fitness Myths

As a beginner, you’ve probably one way or the other gotten stuck reading and believing so much fiction about fitness and this might be the main reason why you haven’t hit your fitness goals. Learning a little about fitness before you start, will position you much better to deal with setbacks and  plateaus when they inevitably come.

1. You can target your fat burn

Fat Burn

There’s this myth that’s so common in gyms today; trainers will tell you that you can take weight off of specific body parts by doing exercises that target those areas. The truth is as simple as this: working out can reduce your overall body fat, but you can’t control where that fat comes from. New studies has shown that, there’s no such thing as losing weight at just one particular part of the body.

2. No pain, no gain

No Pain No Gain

Almost everyone has at one point or the other, believed this myth. We tend to think that if we don’t feel any pain, we should still continue till we feel the pain. This tend often leads to a lot of unnecessary injuries. A little discomfort is okay, but if you feel a sharp pain anywhere, stop what you’re doing and consult a doctor.

3. Lifting weight will make a woman look bulky

Woman Lifting Weights

What actually helps in making men bulk up while on a weight lifting program is high levels of the testosterone. Women, on the other hand, have a low testosterone level and most times are not capable of building large muscles. In fact, since muscle takes up less room than fat, women tend to lose inches when they strength train. So in addition to the physical benefits (increased metabolism, decreased risk of osteoporosis, increased strength), strength training will help you slim down too!

4. You shouldn’t work out on an empty stomach

Empty Stomach


Lot’s of people genuinely believe and preach that no one should go for a workout without eating enough before hand. Well, contrary to this, your body actually burns more fat when you hit the gym before you eat breakfast. Just don’t skimp on water.

5. Performing abdominal exercise will give you a flat tummy.

Abdominal Exercise


Similar to myth 1, the fact is, the only way you can reach your goal of getting a flat tummy is by burning the fat around your midsection. This can only be done by cardio exercise (to burn calories), strength training (to increase metabolism) and following a proper diet all together.


We’ve all one way or the other been caught up with one of these myths in our head. Now that you know they are myths, you should feel free to go right ahead and start doing the opposite.

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