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5 Fitness Myths That Are Slowing Down Your WEIGHT Loss Efforts
Perfect Personal Training's elite group of degreed, top-certified nationwide in-home personal trainers address their selection of top five fitness myths that are slowing America's weight loss.
By: Perfect Personal Trainer/Perfect Personal Training
"This is one of the biggest fitness and weight-loss myths, and it's creating some awful effects on peoples' metabolism,"
Myth #2: Our Ideal Bodyweight is Based On Our Height
"It is a myth that everyone fits into a standard height-to-weight table," explains Yvonne Ferguson-Hardin, a Perfect Personal Trainer who creates and coaches personalized exercise for clients in their homes throughout Perfect Personal Training's Philadelphia market. "There is no true table that [explains ideal numbers for] the petite Korean, the muscular African, and the more robust big-boned Hawaiian. Everyone is unique, and the size and weight that is [healthy] for one may not be for another."
Myth #3: Training with Weights Leads to Arthritis
"Of all fitness fallacies, this one may be the most damaging to the mindset of the health-conscious, progressive-
Myth #4: 30-Minute Workouts Are As Effective As Longer Workouts
"This is a funny one," says Aaron Dunn, exercise physiologist and scheduling manager for Perfect Personal Training. "We actually burn MORE bodyfat per minute after around the 50th minute of exercise than we do in the first 50 minutes. Therefore, the only reason to end your fat-burning workout after only 30 minutes would be because you don't have time for more. Ending at 30 minutes is definitely not conducive to more rapid weight loss."
Myth #5: Exercising a Body Part Burns Fat on That Body Part
"It's sad that people are not understanding this: When someone exercises their buttocks muscles, for example, they aren't programming their body to actually burn fat around the buttocks. What is happening is that they are programming the muscles of the buttocks to get stronger and to have more endurance. Essentially, the muscles get more toned there. But, this does not have to equate to fat loss around the muscles of the buttocks. That is a whole separate issue involving nutrition, caloric values, and a fat-burning strategy through cardiovascular work and other exercise. Butt training does not necessarily equate to specific butt fat loss."
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