To help dis spell some of the inaccurate information out there, here are 5 things the internet may have told you that aren’t true:
1. Heavy weights will bulk you up
With all the articles and research pointing else where, it’s hard to believe that people still believe this myth. For more information about how heavier weights can actually make you appear leaner, check out this article.
2. You need to confuse your muscles to build strength
Rally.com reports, “Varying your weight training to build muscle is a load of cr@p. This nonsense is called muscle confusion theory. If you constantly switch around exercises, you can’t measure progress. Measuring progress means looking at what you lifted today and comparing it to what you lifted last week. To make the comparison meaningful, you’ll need to keep the variables constant: Do the exercises in the same order and in the same routine that you did last week, and do it with almost the exact same weight. Did you do one more rep with the same weight, or the same number of reps with five pounds more? That’s progress.” – Martin Berkhan, founder of LeanGains
3. There’s an ideal weight for your body type
Strong is the new sexy. Rather than look at the scale, pay attention to your energy level, your strength and the way your clothes fit. Those are much better signs of your current level of health and fitness.
4. There’s one best approach to fitness
Another great point made by Rally.com: “I’ve heard plenty of people say there’s one right answer or best way to approach fitness. But there’s no such thing as perfect squat or push-up. The best way for each person depends on movement history (and injury history!) and their environment (what they have access to).