There are many myths surrounding the use of weights as part of your workout regime and I am here to quash them once and for all!
There are many ways to use weights in your fitness routines and the way you use them will affect the effects that they have on your body. Bear in mind that weight training is not all about getting ripped muscles and you should start to see why weights can be so important to your fitness regime.
Fact or fiction?
Myth no.1 – “If I use weights I will get huge muscles!”
Fiction. If you use heavy weights over long periods of time you will increase your muscles, but getting huge muscles takes immense work and dedication and you won’t go away looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime, unless you actually want to! Use light weights to tone your upper arms and back and contrary to popular belief, you will not suddenly morph into the Incredible Hulk!
Myth no.2 – “Men will be turned off by my muscles”
Fiction again. Looking toned is an important part of being fit and healthy and if a man is looking for someone in shape then toned arms and legs will not scare them off. Muscle tone is sexy — the problem is that many associate the word ‘weights’ with huge body builders when actually the likes of Kendra Wilkinson, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Biel get their toned frames through regular weight lifting sessions — and I am yet to meet any man who thinks these three women are a turn-off!
Myth no.3 – “Weight training is hard work”
And once again, yes you guessed it; fiction. If you want to go away with muscles ripping from every angle of your body then yes, weight training sessions will be hard work and require dedication. But if you simply want to weight train in order to tone your saggy and flabby bits then it is no harder than any other workout.
The more you do it, the easier it gets and once you see the effects the weights have on those unwanted flappy bits you will find it easier to get lifting!
Using weights to workout will create lean muscle, which is not mammoth in size, nor is it bulky — and it is certainly not worthy of a body builder! So stop fretting, and start lifting!