Busting Fitness Myths
It’s information overload. There is just so much out there about health and fitness and losing weight and gaining muscle and everything in between – from how to get it done in three minutes to following along with a 90-minute DVD seven days a week. Heck, the Nightly News just had a story about a new pill that’s proven to help overweight monkeys drop some excess pounds … oh yeah … here we go.
Let’s set the record straight and destroy some of the biggest myths out there in the business. Hopefully, this will allow you to read between the lines, shift through the fog and actually make positive gains towards your health and fitness goals.
- I can train my way through a bad diet. FICTION
The nutritional roadblock is usually the hardest one to overcome. Seriously. Your diet is about 80% of the equation. Simply put: if you eat junk, your body will end up being junk. This is why we need a sound approach to diet that incorporates the right nutrients and caloric intake. An approach that, coupled with a strong fitness plan, leads to long-term success. But, the fact of the matter remains: you can train all you want, but if the diet is not quality, the results will be less than satisfactory.
- I don’t need any help to reach my goals. FICTION
Trying to drop some pounds before the holidays? After the holidays? Well, good luck if you are surrounded by constant temptations of junk food. Get a support network. Why do programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig work? Hint: it ain’t some crazy algorithm for calorie control and it definitely isn’t the food, because that stuff is awful. These programs add a layer of accountability of having to answer to the points, to a group or to whomever is assigned to the social support group. Look, there’s probably someone else in your life that wants to hit the weights a little more. Hit them together. Or even challenge each other to a friendly wager. Here’s an idea: announce your fitness journey on Facebook and ask your network for support and to hold you accountable. This type of involvement will keep you accountable and keep you hitting the gym and keep you from picking up that brownie. Having a support system is my No. 1 most important recommendation. And something that provide to all of our participants in the online coaching program.
- I need to stick with this workout in order to order to meet my goals. FICTION
I get it. No one likes change. We all like to hang out in our comfort zones. Well, truth is, we need to mix up our fitness routines (usually about every four weeks) in order to maximize our efforts. This doesn’t need to be some huge earth-shattering change here. Add more weight. Flip the order of your supersets. Attack a muscle group from a different angle. Simple tweaks like these can make just enough of a difference to kickstart your progress.
- I can just hit the gym and figure it out as I go. FICTION
Now on the flip side of things is the idea that structure is not needed at all and you can just make up a workout as you go. Following a program has proven to be the most effective way to meet your fitness goals, whether that be gaining muscle or burning fat. And the most effective use of your time, too. Don’t be the clueless dude wandering around the weight rack trying to decide which exercise to start with. Get a program. Follow the program. And then, track your progress. When that progress slows, look into some of the aforementioned strategies to slightly mix things up before dropping a routine altogether. Focus on hitting a personal best every single workout. Go to war when you step foot in the gym. And win.
- I need to train every day of the week to make sure I get in shape. FICTION
Quality over quantity, people. Who the hell would want to spend seven days a week in the gym, anyway? After a long day’s work at the office, you need to get some rest and relaxation. Well, after a week of punishing your body and muscles and joints in the gym, your body needs rest, too. Especially if you are dieting. Overtraining and low-calorie diets go together like oil and water. Chances are that if you think adding more cardio and more weights and more sets and more reps is your answer to reach your goals … you’re probably buying into the first four myths and need to reevaluate. Instead of upping the time spent training, up the intensity and you’ll see that less can actually be more.
So how do you get started? What do you do? Where do you go? Who do you listen to? Have no fear, your friendly neighborhood fitness coach is here to help ;-)
Look, I get it. It’s flat out exhausting with the amount of crap out there on the market, and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creating an environment and plan that leads to success.
The online coaching program at RealFOCUSFitness weeds through all of the noise and all of the junk out there to find the most comprehensive and personalized approach to get you into the best shape of your life.
We’ll make sure you’re getting the most out of every rep and being armed with the most scientifically-proven methods for maximizing your diet and nutrition. No crazy schemes. No misinformation. Just the facts.
Your friend and coach,
Pete Cataldo, CFT, CTT, PN1