- Lifting weights will cause you to look manly or bulky.
We cannot begin to count the amount of times we hear “I don’t want to get too big”, “no, I’ll look manly” or “I just want to tone” when we suggest weight training. Unless you’re on the juice (steroids), have insane genes and dedicate multiple hours daily to training then you’re never going to look “bulky”. The truth is women only have 1/15th – 1/20th the amount of testosterone as men, and testosterone is the primary hormone responsible for muscle growth. So, it is genetically impossible to develop a hulk like physique, unless that is your goal – and even then it is extremely difficult to achieve naturally.
- Using lighter weights is safer and will give you long lean muscles.
Maybe you do weight train, but have fallen the victim to the idea that using tiny dumbbells for endless amounts of reps is going to give you the “toned” look you’re after. This actually negates the muscle-building benefit of strength training. Sure, it’ll increase muscular endurance but it won’t help you increase muscle mass or build a more athletic physique. What makes you look long and lean is muscular definition, which you get from lifting.If you want to increase your lean muscle mass, you’ll want to stick to a lower 6-12 rep range using a heavier weight. If you need help picking your weights, book in with one of our Personal Trainers or Floor Trainers, you will get the expertise we offer.
- Cardio is the best method for fat loss.
Not only does strength training add more definition to your entire body (hello abs!) but it has heaps of other health benefits too. Our favourite:it increases your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), which means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day – even when you’re not training (winning!!). The result is more lean muscle mass and less body fat, and that’s something you can’t get with just cardio!