Continuing from a previous blog, here are a few more fitness misconceptions I often hear from clients:
1. More is better
In an effort to get stronger, faster or to improve athleticism, most people resort to adding more volume. This is often at the expense (or neglect) of added recovery. In order for your body to adapt, it needs sufficient recovery time. While periods of volume increases can be beneficial in increasing one’s capacity, continually adding volume without rest will eventually have detrimental effects on performance. If you’re practicing a skill with a fatigued body, muscle memory will remember it just that way. It’s important give yourself time to recover from skill-based practices or you’ll be teaching your body to remember undesirable movement strategies.
2. Strength is not important for distance running
Although it’s true that every distance runner should not be built like … Read More »
You’ve heard them. In fact, you’ve probably told a friend one (if not all) of these myths at some point in your life. You may want to grab on to your seat and take a deep breath before you read the next part of this sentence… not everything you read, hear or see on TV is necessarily true. Here are the most common fitness misconceptions that I have encountered throughout the years from friends and clients alike:
1. The best way to burn calories is to run on a treadmill
If you have been a client of mine, you may remember what I refer to as the “car analogy”. Does your car use more gas driving in stop-and-go traffic or coasting the highway on cruise control? Our bodies work the same way. When you run on a treadmill for long distances, your body … Read More »
For a recent corporate wellness presentation, I was asked to present employees of an insurance company with information on body composition, weight training and nutrition. There was no shortage of knowledge about celebrity diets and “magic pill” solutions from the participants, but few knew “the basics”. Television ads, magazines and false information result in a generally uninformed society willing to jump on the next product that promises them a sexy six pack.
Let’s begin with a quick introduction to body composition. Our bodies are composed of 2 elements; fat mass and fat free mass, otherwise known as lean mass. That’s it. Everyone reading this has probably heard of body fat percentage. “Bring it down… I want to be below 15%.” But what is it? Fat mass is fat. Lean mass is the rest of your body including bones, organs, and … Read More »