4 Strength Training Myths Debunked

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 22, 2018

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  • To become a bodybuilder, you don't have to train like one
  • Women can strength train like men
  • A split routine is one of the common reasons for burn out

Every fitness enthusiast has heard that that ‘lifting weights stunts growth’ or ‘eating before lifting is wrong’, at some point. These are just some popular weightlifting myths. Don’t let anyone fool you with misinformation and keep you from the truth.

Here are some facts about strength training that might not be known to you.

Myth: To become a bodybuilder, you have to train like one.

Fact: If you want to become a bodybuilder, draw inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger or Ronnie Coleman. Don’t copy what they did! Imitating training routine of the 'champion' bodybuilder is one of the most common bodybuilding mistakes. Following other’s training program can wreak havoc on your body. It can cause injuries, over-training, and illness. Seek advice from a certified trainer to make your training program.

Myth: Lightweights help shape the muscles, heavyweights increase the size.

Fact: The weights you are training with do not make your muscles 'huge' or ‘shape’ them. The exercise you choose and the reps you do either grow or shrink or do not affect the muscle at all. Yes, you do have to work more if you are not content with the size. When you are happy with the size, just keep doing what you have been doing. Rather than working with light weights for toning, do cardio.

Myth: Women shouldn't strength train like men.

Fact: Women can train however they want. Yes, training cannot be same for everyone but that doesn’t mean that deadlifts are not for women. Workouts should always be goal-specific, be it strength training or cardio. Whatever your fitness goal is, the training program should be made accordingly. If a woman’s goal is to build bigger biceps, there's no reason why she shouldn’t do lifts.

Myth: Split routine is the best approach for strength training.

Fact: If Monday is your chest day, Tuesday-leg day and Wednesday-back day, you might think you have split up a routine in a good way. But you may be wrong for breaking down your workout; it is one of the top reasons for burn out. Strength training can get you bigger if you follow the rule – train, rest, sleep, eat and recover. Give your body, central nervous system, hormonal system, and immune system the time to recover before you train again. If training is taxing, make the required changes.

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