Myths are common in the fitness industry. There are always different things being said about how to lose weight, how to gain muscles, what workouts can burn fat quicker, and so on. While it can be hard to know what is, in fact, a myth and what is real, we can help!

At Cypress Fitness in McLean, we want to help people understand fitness better and feel confident throughout their fitness journey. In our last blog, we talked about some of the myths about fitness. In this blog, we are going to cover a few more popular myths about fitness to help you learn more and feel more confident during your workouts. Read on to learn more and be sure to check out our gym and membership!

Myth 4: You Can Target Fat Burn

When you work out, you may want to target belly fat or fat around your thighs, but that is not how burning fat works. When you work out, you are reducing fat all over your body, while you may store fat in certain areas and lose it in those areas, you can’t target or control where you burn fat. An article from Active mentions a study that was done where participants did a workout program on one side of their body. The amount of fat they lost was the same on both sides, but they burned more body fat around the waist. While you can target where you build muscle, you can’t target where you burn fat.

Myth 5: Sit-Ups Are the Best Exercise For Abs

While many people will do sit-ups regularly to try to achieve six-pack abs, this is not the best method to do so. Sit-ups only target the abdominal muscles, which won’t help you get a six-pack. Planks are a better exercise to achieve killer abs. Planks target muscle groups along your sides, front, and back. While it may seem strange that you need to target all these muscle groups to achieve six-pack abs, a strong core that leads to a six-pack is built through all of these muscle groups.

Myth 6: Weight Lifting is For Men

Many people think that men and women should do different workouts, but this is not the case. While men may have more muscle strength, both men and women have the same body structure and should perform the same workouts. Most men focus on their upper body, while women focus on their lower body, but everyone should be working out their entire body.

Many women are scared of lifting weights because they think it will bulk them up too much. However, it can actually slim you down, especially for women who lift heavier weights. The article from Active mentions that women who lift heavier weight for fewer reps burn almost twice as many calories as women who do more reps with lighter weights. Plus, lifting weights allows you to keep burning calories hours after your workout, which cardio does not.

Myth 7: The Best Way to Lose Weight is to Exercise

While exercise is an important factor when it comes to losing weight, a healthy diet is also necessary. Many people assume that they can simply work off what they eat but if you are serious about losing weight, a diet change may be necessary. Diet plays a much bigger role in losing weight than exercise does. If you are going to make one change to lose weight, it should be your diet. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle in general, add exercise to the mix. Staying physically active can help boost mood, improve memory, and can protect against cognitive decline, but it is not the best way to lose weight. A combination of a healthy diet and exercise can help you feel and look your absolute best.

Now that we have set the record straight about some of the most common fitness myths, we hope that you can feel more confident in your fitness. Cypress Fitness is now open in McLean with some restrictions on capacity and social distance rules. Simply make an appointment to book your slot at the gym! Be sure to check out our memberships and everything else we offer. Contact us today with any questions you may have.