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Myth #7

    Good morning everybody, hope you all are well on your way to another amazing week!  I wanted to share the next blog because I am often approached in the gym with questions regarding the best ways to target your "lower abs", especially now that the weather has been so unseasonably warm.  The following is something you all should know when it comes to the burn you feel when doing certain exercises.  For those of you who already train with me, this information will reinforce our approach to not spend all of our time focusing on exercises that involve leg movements.

Myth #6

    This next blog is in response to a question I get asked pretty often at the gym, "Mike, what do you think about wearing those waist / abdominal wraps?".  I hope this answers the question once and for all.

Myth #6: Sweat away that belly fat with waist / abdominal wraps.
What you should know: Sweat isn't melted fat.

    The excess weight you lose during this absurd method of training is water weight, not fat.  The weight will return as soon as you ingest enough fluid to offset that lost during the activity.

Myth #5

    Hey all.  The reason I'm writing the following blog is to dispel the myth that cardio can somehow burn up all the muscle you've worked so hard to build.  One of the more common concerns gym members approach me with is that they feel like they should be limiting or eliminating their cardiovascular exercise if their ultimate goal is achieving hypertrophy results.  As you read on you'll find that that could not be further from the truth.  Enjoy!

Myth #5: Doing cardiovascular exercise will burn up all my muscle.

Myth #4

    Hey everybody.  I wanted to talk about this next myth because I am so frequently approached in the gym about it.  I hope that this clears up some of the confusion.

Myth #4: A new exercise will shock your muscles.
What you should know: Muscles are stupid; they cannot differentiate between two similar exercises.

    All a muscle can do is contract or shorten, usually pulling two bones closer together.  They do not twist, bend, change shape (other than increase in size) or "tone up".

Myth #3

The message of this next article is simple.  Eat better if you want to realize the aesthetic results you're after.  I can't tell you how many people I see in the gym performing endless abdominal exercises in pursuit of the ever elusive six-pack.  Sadly, they are either misinformed or unwilling to make the necessary lifestyle modifications regarding their diet.  Many of these people then become frustrated with their lack of progress or become overwhelmed by all the routines they have tried.

Myth #2

Myth #2: More protein is better.
What you should know: You can only use so much.

    Protein should be anywhere from 10 - 35% of your total diet.  Like all calories, excess protein will either be used as energy or stored as fat.  It is likely that protein will make up the smallest percentage of calories in your diet.
    Protein makes up the constituent parts of many structures including bones, ligaments, hair, nails, teeth, muscles and organs.  It is continually used to build, maintain and repair these structures and body tissues.

Myth #1

For me the importance of identifying myths that are widely accepted as truth within the community at large and then being able to provide the science based information to debunk them is monumental.  I'll be dedicating this particular blog to pointing out common misconceptions and providing you with the truths that shall in fact set you free.  

Myth #1: No Pain, No Gain.
What you should Know: That's Bull!

    Two factors that keep a beginner from coming back to the gym: muscle soreness and the perception that resistance training must be hard to get results.