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Dispelling Myths about Weight Training

Part of the Weight Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

So many common beliefs about weight training are just simply untrue. Here are a heap of myths about weight training; read on and learn the truth!

  • Myth #1: You’ll get huge unless you lift light weights.

    Reality: The only way your muscles will burst the seams of your dress shirts is if you regularly lift extremely heavy weight repetitions — and if you have a body type that will even allow for the development of mega muscles.

  • Myth #2: You're the only one in the gym baffled by the equipment.

    Reality: Nobody is born knowing how to operate the Assisted Dip Machine or perform a Decline Chest Fly! Weight training equipment can baffle even the sharpest of minds.

  • Myth #3: Weight lifting is dangerous.

    Reality: If Justin Bieber tried to hoist a 100-kilogram barbell overhead, that would be dangerous. But if you use good technique and common sense, you're likely to stay injury-free.

  • Myth #4: Thigh exercises will slim your thighs, and ab exercises will whittle your middle.

    Reality: You cannot melt the fat off of any particular body part by performing exercises that target that area. There simply is no such thing as spot reducing.

  • Myth #5: Lifting weights won’t help you lose weight.

    Reality: Lifting weights is an essential part of a weight loss program. Developing muscle is the only way to boost your metabolism, which can help you lose fat and keep it off.

  • Myth #6: Free weights are for muscleheads and machines are for beginners.

    Reality: The free weight room of a gym is not a special club for bodybuilders; novices are welcome there and should make a point of learning to use dumbbells and barbells.

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