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The Top 6 Fitness Myths and Truths

Don't Believe These Tall Tales!


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  • This answered a few questions I have had. Thank you.
  • Small changes lead to big changes and big changes lead to results.
  • Thanks for the information
  • Thanks for the reminders!
  • This is a great article. I believed all these myths at one point, but now know better.

    Thanks Coach Jen!

    AHH! I'm happy to see this answer.

    I'm so tired of seeing/reading that abs are entirely the product of your diet. There are SO MANY variables when it comes to attaining 'a flat stomach', and I hate to break it to you but it's not any 'one thing', but rather the perfect storm of your body type and lifestyle paired with frequency and type of workouts.
    For example if you do higher intensity intervals, or you train at an elite athletes level, your diet has a LOT more wiggle room.
    If you want to figure out the right combo of workouts and nutrition ratio and get kickstarted to seriously flat abs- it IS possible no matter how impossible you think it is.

    Think of achieving a flat stomach like mastering an intricate dish/recipe. For example, take lasagna. You can have all the right 'ingredients', but if you don't have the right timing, temperature, and follow directions in a certain way, that lasagne is going to turn out entirely differently.
    There is so much noise and conflicting advice, which is why it's my mission to cut out all that stuff and simply tell you/give you what the real deal is. like it or not,
    Want more no BS, and 'real results recipes'. Come on over to - I welcome your comments too!

    xoxo Editor,
    Amanda Russell
  • I still hear the one about you have to exercise long and intense. When I said on one team that I couldn't walk as fast as a lot of people do, I was told that I wasn't doing anything to get exercise then. I also have friends who say you have to exercise at least an hour at a time (no breaks) for it to be effective. Doesn't matter that they have said short periods and can add them up work.
    There really is no such think as a "FAT BURNING ZONE". Unbeknownist to most people, fat as a percentage of calories burned are highest while at rest. We are burning around 50/50, fat/sugars regularly. As we move and intensity increases we gradually shift away from the fat to utilize the more readily available energy source - glycogen. When you go all out, we are relying on mostly glycogen, AT THAT MOMENT. But these energy pathways are EXTREMELY complicated and after the exercise stops there is a process by which the body will pull from ALL resources to replenish this much needed quick surplus. That's why we do all that heavy breathing. Much oxygen is needed to replenish and convert fat to usable energy. Even though little fat is used during the High Intensity, all energy pathways get involved as the body prepares to "go again". So, by maximizing energy burning DURING the activity, the more the body will then convert the storage to a ready resource, after.
  • Yea I'm in the "confused about #5" camp.
  • @BEVT @NRADUNSKY I think the "myth" part would be that you can get rid of the thick layer of fat over your abs by spot training them. No one will argue that toning makes a difference in your appearance, but until you get rid of the layer of fat through cardio you're never going to have a "six-pack." Same is true for any other body part. Spot training *will* give you beautiful, well defined muscles; you just won't be able to see them until you burn off the padding.
    BEVT, I agree. People always talk like training one area is a waste of time because you can't have spot reduction, like the only reason to strength train is some abstract metabolic or bone strengthening health benefit. However, you for sure SEE a difference when you spot train (at least if your weight isn't quite high), and that is what most people care about when they spot train. I have a flat stomach for a few days after doing ab workouts-- not defined by any means, but everything has some structure rather than falling out over the front of my jeans. If I am lazy about ab exercises the next week it comes right back.
  • I think people confuse the spot reduction and fat burning because if you really don't have weight to lose but are flabby and poochy in certain areas just working on those areas makes a big difference. I know that if I don't work my abs they pooch more. If I slack of my triceps and biseps I see a difference. Maybe it's confusing flab with fat. But I notice when I lay off my weights I do get an overall look of "fat" in those areas I use weights for. And no one ever explains that. It looks like fat, do some toning regularly and it goes away. So there's something to it.
    Your advertisements cover the article you are presenting. This means, of course, I cannot read the article. I'm trying not to use a lot of cuss words in saying this. Does no one check to see how the articles are presented? Please, have someone with 1. brains 2. responsibility and 3.common sense, read this.
    Pilates had given me back my waistline. OK, I am at goal weight but I am 63 and amazed at the toning effect.

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