Gym Myths about fitness are EVERYWHERE.
Odds are, you have heard several of these myths, and hopefully you realized they weren’t true. However, if you did believe these lies, we at NoCo Fitness are here to help you debunk some of these myths and get on the right track.
Myth #1: Lifting Weights Will Cause You to Bulk Up
Probably one of the most common myths that we hear is, “I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to look bulky”. This particular myth is very common in women, for whatever reason. It seems that some people think just looking at a dumbbell will turn them into Arnold Schwarzenegger. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, getting huge muscles is actually a very tough thing to do; it’s not going to happen accidentally. I should know, I’ve been trying to look like Arnold for years and unfortunately it hasn’t happened yet. The fact about lifting weights is: it’s a great tool to use for whatever your fitness goals may be, including losing weight!
Myth #2: No Pain, No Gain
This is one of the most common phrases that you hear people say when at the gym. Unfortunately, it can be extremely harmful and cause some serious injuries. If something seriously hurts while you are working out, it’s not a good idea to push through it. It’s actually counterproductive, because if you push through pains there is a good chance that you will become injured and have to be sidelined for a long period of time, and no gains are earned from the couch.
Myth #3: Lifting Weights at a Young Age Will Stunt Growth
This gym myth is often told to younger weight lifters, and can discourage them from working out completely. However, like with all the other gym myths there is zero science actually supporting it. The main thing that young lifters have to worry about is making sure they are doing lifts correctly, using good form. One of the main problems that we see with younger athletes is, they focus on weight and not form, which can cause some issues with joints and movement patterns, but won’t cause stunted growth. So the most important thing is to get the form down before moving up in weight.
Hopefully this helped clear up some of the common gym myths that we’ve all heard about the fitness world. However, these are just a few of them. I could probably write an entire book on the ones that I’ve heard. So the next time you hear something that sounds concerning, do the research and find out if there is actually any truth to it, or come into NoCo Fitness. We would love to help clear things up!