I Can’t Believe It! 7 Workout Myths Proven Wrong

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3. Spot reducing works.

I can’t tell you how many new clients start their first session of with, “Sooooo, I want my inner thighs to shrink, but can my butt stay the same?” My response, “Honey, we are about to change your entire body. Inner thighs are a part of the package, not the total package.” So I am here to tell you, your muscles aren’t as single-minded as your fitness goals. Muscles are more like cool homegirls…they work together. Fat loss and muscle gain is distributed throughout the body, not one area of the body.

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4. Running on a treadmill is better for my knees.

The difference in impact on concrete versus a rubberized treadmill, grass or a track is actually relatively small when it comes to joint impact. So if you are worried about your knees, whether you run indoors or out, do a legitimate warmup, like a few minutes of walking combined with dynamic stretches for large leg muscles connected to the knee….think walking lunges, jogging in place or high knees.

5. Crunches are key to a flat stomach.

Or a neck injury. Not only do many people do crunches incorrectly, it is usually the only thing they are doing when it comes to sculpting their midsection. News alert! Crunching only works your core in along one plane of motion- (sagittal) front to back. Not cool since there are two other planes dying to join the party- the frontal plane (side to side movement) and transverse plane (rotational). So change things up and add some standing oblique crunches or twists to your lunges. Oh and up that cardio. What a shame it would be to have a six pack covered in fat.

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