Myth Busters: Fitness Edition
We've all heard it before, or experienced it ourselves. "I'm not sore, did I really workout as hard as I thought I did?" or the flip side "I'm so sore I can barely walk, that was a killer leg day!". The discussion of whether abs are made in the gym or the kitchen, and can you out exercise your happy hour habits? The team at Hybrid Fitness is here to help, we tackled four of the most prevalent myths in today's fitness culture. Myth 1: "No Pain, No Gain!" If you aren't sore the next day, you didn't workout hard enough.
This statement is overused and potentially dangerous. Many people assume that if they worked out really hard or hit a new PR yet feel totally fine the next day that maybe they need to work harder. This isn't true. Soreness is your bodies way of responding to inflammation. DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is actually often a result of overtraining. If you aren't sore after a workout that may have left you sore previously it just means your body has adjusted and your energy expenditure was just right. Pushing yourself at each workout to the point of pain or discomfort can actually leave you injured or requiring extra rest days which can impede your training and get in the way of desired "gains". It is important to know your body and to know when you should stop or when you can push further.
Myth 2: "Lifting weights will make me huge."
Myth 3: "I worked out today, so now I can eat anything and everything I want."
Myth 4: "I will have a 6-pack if I do 100 crunches every day."