Doing The Rounds: The Worst Pieces Of Advice At The Gym
You Need To Constantly Keep Changing Your Workouts: We’ve said this before, you need to keep your body guessing in order to make the most of your workout. However, that does not mean you confuse it altogether. While variety does make a difference, doing too many workouts, and changing it up too often is as good as doing no exercise at all. Why? Because constantly switching up your workout means you cannot monitor your progress. The moment your body gets accustomed to something, in the sense that your workout ceases to be challenging, that’s when you should switch it up. Not before. Anyone tells you otherwise, you can show them the door!
There's Only One Way To Do The Perfect Squat (Or Lunge): When it comes to workouts, it’s important to pay attention to form. However, that only applies to weight training. In actuality, other exercises are designed to work your muscles, no matter how you perform them. So, if you ever catch someone telling you that you’re squatting wrong, or your lunge was a little off balance, just pretend like they’re white noise and continue what you’re doing.
Heavy Weights Will Bulk You Up: There has long since been a debate on weight training. The fact remains, it is good for you. It’ll help you tone and build your muscles. More importantly, it will add definition to your physique. Now, you may find yourself inclined to chatting with a fellow gym goer about the various workouts that are popular. While it’s nice to make friends, steer clear of unsolicited advice like “heavy weights will bulk you up.” Light weights work just as well. In fact, they help build a leaner body, while heavy weights up your risk of injury and make your range of motion limited as the muscles become rigid.
There's An Ideal Weight For Your Body Type: Okay, let’s be honest, everyone gauges the ideal weight for your body based on your height. That’s what calculating your BMI is all about. But, you’ll be surprised to know that there’s no such thing as the ideal weight. Everybody is different, and their genetic makeup means their body mass will differ from one another. Someone with a fit physique might have a higher BMI than someone who is chubby, and still weigh more than the latter.
Exercising Will Help You Live Longer: Yes, working out is about staying fit, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay, and being able to live independently as you age (functional training), but nowhere does it say that it gives you a long life. Exercise can definitely improve the quality of your life. Just don’t expect immortality.
Let’s be honest, if you’ve been on a fitness program for the last few months, there’s a good chance you think of yourself as somewhat of an expert. If you’ve been at it for years, there’s no stopping you from doling out free advice. Why not, right? You’ve been working out for a while; you’ve tried out a few different workouts; you’ve done Pilates, CrossFit, HIIT, and you keep up with the latest trends.
You may even have experimented with protein shakes or meal replacement supplements, tried a few thermogenics or weight-loss supplements. Of course, that entitles you to take the newbie under your wing and guide them on their fitness journey, right? You may not be certified, but your time at the gym has been fruitful and you feel like it’s your birthright to share your wisdom.
If you’re on the giving end today, there must have been some point in time when you were on the receiving end of unsolicited advice. This brings us to the vicious vortex of lies that is the gym. Want some advice? Don’t take advice from anyone but your trainer; and, steer clear of these gems in particular!
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