There are a number of myths and misconceptions when it comes to fitness. Here are some of the ones I hear the most, and why they are simply not true.
1. You can spot reduce fat
You absolutely cannot spot reduce fat. If you have extra fat in your abdomen, you will not lose that fat by doing a million crunches. People lose fat from adipose deposit areas in the reverse order that they accumulated that fat. Adipose deposit areas are largely genetically determined. Many women first gain fat in their hips and thighs, while many men gain fat first in their abdominal region. So wherever your body gains fat first as you gain weight, that is the last place you are going to lose it from. The only way to lose that stubborn fat from your abs and thighs is to lower your overall body fat percentage.
2. Women who lift weights will get bulky
I think I hear this one the most lately and it just makes me laugh. A very small percentage of women actually possess the genetic potential to experience significant hypertrophy or “bulk-up”. This is because women typically have less muscle tissue and lower levels of anabolic hormones than males. If gaining large muscle was so easy, everyone would be walking around really jacked, and as we know, they are not. Building muscle is very hard work. Even if a woman did want to bulk up, its extremely difficult. So you are certainly not going to accidentally get bulky simply by adding resistance training into your fitness routine. Lifting weights is actually extremely important for women, and everyone to do, but we’ll save that argument for another article.