Myth’s And Legends Of The Fitness Industry Part 3
August 3, 2017
This is the final installment of myths for you, and today we are going to cover some big ones.
“The Magic Pill”
I am sure you have seen one of those ads where it’s like “I took this pill, and I dropped X numbers of kilos in just X weeks.”
They are a popular one because let’s be real here if it were that simple as taking a pill every day wouldn’t you do it?
Of course, you would, and then there are the fat burns and this extract, and this magical fruit from the forest that will save the day.
Worse yet are the weight loss tablets the doctor gives you if they deem you need to lose weight bad enough. It is part of the methamphetamines family, that’s right your doctor just prescribed meth to help you lose weight.
Nothing could possibly go wrong there.
I had a client who had taken them; she was on them for six months when she came off them she slept for nearly a week and had no memory of the week passed.
How scary is that, and you know the worst part she didn’t even lose that much weight.
Yes, some of the pills, potions, and powders out there will help. There are some that I recommended from time to time. But they only work in conjunction with good eating and proper exercise.
Please stop wasting your money on these things, and save it for something that will deliver results.
“But She Did It, And She Is Famous”
Celebrity endorsements are a killer when you see your favorite actress or singer, and they look stunning, and they say I did it using X product. Chances are they didn’t, and if they did, it was only one factor in their success.
I know one of the guys who is a celebrity trainer, and he gets paid a million a month to get them ready for movie roles.
What generally happens is he moves into their house, (or has keys to it) he then wakes them up for training, he prepares every meal, he spends pretty much all day with them, making sure that they are sticking to the plan.
And then all they do is workout and recover from said workouts.
Their whole job at that moment in times is to get into shape.
If the only thing you had to do all day was workout, recover and eat all day every day, I could get you looking like a celebrity.
But that just isn’t reality, and the honest truth is if they share it with the public like in the magazines and things, there is a good chance that’s not what they are doing.
“Weight’s Don’t Burn Fat”
We have discussed this already, but I wanted to go a little deeper on it.
Because I still get the question of how will I burn fat then.
Well, there is a couple of different answers that come with that.
1. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be. Thus the more fat you will burn through out the day from purely existing.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you will develop big bulky muscles, but increasing the density of your muscle fibers through the lifting of weights will do the same thing.
This will, in turn, make you stronger, fitter, burn more fat and have those lovely toned lines.
I think that sounds worth while don’t you?
2. EPOC (Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption)
You may have heard of this before but in a simpler form. What this basically means is when you put your body under a particular type of stress the result will be EPOC.
When EPOC is triggered, the process within your body that takes place will allow you to burn fat for 48-72 hours depending on the stress put on the body.
This effect doesn’t happen when you go jogging or maintain a steady output of effort.
This is a significant factor in what weight training minimum of 3x of a week is a major component of success.
3. Mitochondria, this is getting into the deeper level stuff, and I am not going to bore you with the details.
But the thing you need to know is that when you do high-intensity interval training, you create more proteins for the energy producing mitochondria, basically stopping aging at the cellular level.
This doesn’t mean that you are going to live forever or never age, but it will damn well slow down the effects of aging on the body.
And I think that alone would make it at least worth a look at using weights in your training.
If you are unsure of where to begin with this and want everything taken care of.
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“Let’s Buy A Treadmill”
STOP, before you even think of that or jump on another treadmill, read this.
I hate treadmill’s with a passion, and it’s not because I don’t like running (although that doesn’t help). It’s because it is over used, delivers poor results and is not good for you.
Let me elaborate.
But first my favorite anecdote piece about the treadmill.
I don’t know how accurate it is, but I like to think it’s true.
Apparently, the treadmill design was originally intended as torture devices, forcing prisoners to continue moving and never stop until they either passed out or died.
So why in the world would you use it?
As I said not sure how accurate that is, but I think it’s amusing and fits my distaste for them perfectly.
But as with jogging, it is often the go to tool for women who want to lose weight because it doesn’t require any knowledge.
You turn it on and off you go.
I have seen women chaining themselves to treadmills day in and day out only to see limited results and often cause other issues.
Treadmills are notoriously hard on the knees (because most people don’t know how to run correctly) at any point in life consistent pounding of joints is never a good idea, but even more so as you age.
Then there is the problem of the way they are designed they caused muscle imbalances because there are no muscles required to pull back.
This removes your hamstring from the running motions. This is a big problem when you go running outside your quad will dominate and can cause an ACL tear.
Women average have weak hamstrings and posterior chains anyway, especially if you are wearing high heels on a regular basis.
This is why there is a higher prevalence of ACL tears in female athletes.
This is a serious problem and can create muscle imbalances that can cause pain in your knees, back, and hips.
Then there is the other issue of holding.
Yes walking or sprinting on an incline is fantastic for you (In fact if you want to learn to run hill sprints are the way, but that’s a whole different article)
But what I see 9/10 is people holding onto the handles for dear life, as soon as you hold on you defeat the purpose.
The question then becomes what the answer is?
The answer comes in 2 parts.
1. If you are preparing for a running event, awesome. Get outside and do it.
And same for walking, I love walking as an option. It’s one of the reasons I started a walking group.
But go outside and do it, the benefits of the outdoors are immense, and the only negative might be the weather on the day.
2. If your goal is to; lose weight, tone up, be confident, fit and healthy. Then look else where get amongst the free weights or even the machines and push yourself there.
The results will be so much better, and you will find that your body will thank you for it.
If you don’t know how you can always book your FREE call with me and we will take care of the rest.
But that’s it for today,
I hope you had as much fun with this as I did, and I am sorry if I burst your bubble.
But I promise I did it for you so that you can get the results you deserve.
I’ll be back soon with some new stories for you, I am currently in the U S Of A, learning how to be the best coach I can be, and to deliver even more for YOU.
Lachlan “Say No To Torture Devices” Farley