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Myths and Facts About Personal Training

Myths and Facts about Exercise and Nutrition

Muscle Weighs More Then Fat

False – One pound of muscle weighs the same as one pound of fat. Remember the old story;  if you take one-pound of feathers and one pound of bricks and drop them from a roof, which would hit the ground first? They land at the same time. However, the differences between one pound of muscle and one pound of fat is that one pound of muscle takes up by 13-18% less mass then the pound of fat. That is why when you build up muscle where fat once was you look learner. Also, one pound of muscle will add 30 to 50 pounds a day to your metabolic rate.

The Fitter You Are, the Harder You Have to Work

True – Basically that means what gave you improvement in the past will only help you maintain your fitness in the future. You can work harder in many ways; length of time, intensity, frequency, trying a different form of exercise, (e.g.) Pilates, try a new sport or activity, martial arts, swimming, or higher intensity aerobics.

I Can Spot Reduce a Part of My Body

False – Unfortunately when your body uses fat for energy it takes it from everywhere; your stomach area, arms, face, etc.  When you are targeting a specific body part you are working the specific muscles and are helping to shape those muscles. But you are not removing fat only from that area.

Protein Builds Muscle

False – Exercise builds muscle. Protein is used to help repair the damage to the muscle from exercise or over exertion.

I Can Help Protect My Back from Injuries by Strengthening My Stomach Muscles

True – However, if you truly want to protect your back from injuries, you should work your core and back muscles. Think of your abs as a support system, not the main system in terms of back care.

You Can Replace Fat with Muscle

False – Fat and muscle are two different entities. You cannot replace one with the other.

When You Stop Exercising Your Muscle Turns to Fat

False – Once you stop exercising your muscles atrophies (shrink). The muscle loses volume, strength and tone. If you stopped exercising your eating habits probably will not be as healthy, so you may experience weight gain (body fat), thus giving the illusion that the muscle is changing to fat.

The Older You Are the Less Exercise You Need

False – As we get older our needs for specific types of exercise may change.  A person may want to focus more on balance work to minimize falling versus more aerobics.

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