Exercise & Weightlifting Myths: BUSTED

Hey Friends!
Today I want to talk to you all about weight lifting. I have touched on it before and I want to take some time today to touch on it again.
As you all know I am HUGE into health and fitness and I am always always always reading different books and articles I see. I have come up with a list of 4 different myths of exercise and weightlifting and I want to share that with you today. 
1. People think to loose weight fast you have to diet and do a lot of aerobic exercise. 
Friends this is a big fat lie. Well kind of. Yes if you do aerobic exercise you will loose weight but if you combine it with weight lifting you will get better results. When you combine the two you are burning fat and developing lean muscle mass at the same time so you will shape up and lean out faster! Fore even better results combine weight lifting, aerobic exercise with healthy eating and you have yourself a awesome success plan in place! 

2. People think that the best way to burn a lot of fat and calories is through cardio workouts. 
Again yes and no. Conventional cardio exercise burns a lot of calories and we all want this but when you are done with your cardio work out you stop burning calories. When you lift weights you keep burning calories even AFTER you finish your workout. Its called the EPOC Effect
3. Women are afraid to lift because they think they will get bulky. 
Bull cocky! If you want to get big you have to lift big, eat a lot, and do a few reps with a lot of weight. Not to mention the fact that most women do not have enough of the male hormone testosterone to get big muscles. You want to lift a lighter weight with a higher rep count to maximize your strength without bulking up. 
4. A lot of people think that gym machines are better for strength training than barbells or free weights. 
Basically machines are great for isolating a specific muscle. If you lift free weights or barbells you end up using all of your body’s muscles to help stabilize yourself including your core! So you are not just using one specific muscle and the more muscles you use to better results you will see in the long run.

There ya go friends.
I hope this helps you realize that you can lift and you need to lift to really help reach your goals!
Get strong, get fit, get healthy!

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  Hugs, Nikki

I have 13 Lovely Comments, I would love to have yours... on Exercise & Weightlifting Myths: BUSTED

  1. avatar
    Lisa says:
    February 19, 2013

    Thanks for the useful information!
    🙂

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    Cara says:
    February 19, 2013

    Love these tips! So true!

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    Allie says:
    February 19, 2013

    Awesome post, thanks Nikki!

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    Janna Renee says:
    February 19, 2013

    I am going to link to this post tomorrow! It is awesome info 😉

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    February 19, 2013

    When I had a personal trainer, we never used machines, just free weights for the whole body workout. Oh to have that body back. I loved this post!!

  6. avatar
    February 19, 2013

    Ugh… I really wish you didn’t put this up today! I know it’s all true, but I’ve been trying to pretend like it’s not! I just hate lifting weights and would rather just run.

    Really great post though! Such great info.

  7. avatar
    February 20, 2013

    TRUE STORY!!!! Great info!!! Lifting weights….and heavy ones…give you beautiful, sexy muscles!! 🙂

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    P!nky says:
    February 20, 2013

    GREAT advice, I love all the myths you busted for girls.

    I HATE The ‘i dont lift i dont wanna bulk up’ excuse.

    Honey, you have to work REALLY hard to bulk up, life the darn weight!

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    Mary Long says:
    February 20, 2013

    I love using my free weights- those machines don’t cut it for me.

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    February 20, 2013

    Totally agree and LOVE this post! I’m a huge condoner of circuit training and working compound and small muscles at the same time. I found you from Perception is Everything. I cohost a Fitness Friday link up – I would love if you joined in!

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    Michael says:
    March 5, 2013

    I’m actually looking to buy free weights so if you know where I can get a set (5lb) that aren’t $10 each, let a girl know!

    For me, I do 40 mins of cario and then go to weights to continue burning.

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