5 Common Myths About Fitness

Everyone has their own idea about what makes a good workout, GOOD.  It’s a he-said, she-said kind of narrative in the gym these days, but I think there are at LEAST 5 common myths about fitness floating around these days. It can be frustrating to know who to listen to, so I understand if you take what I say with a grain of salt.

There is a lot of truth to what I’d like to talk to you about.  If you train with an athlete’s mindset – you need to keep these myths in mind so you can avoid them and get the best out of each workout.

 

Let’s talk about them…

 

#1. “You Need to Develop an Ego In the Gym.” 

Be confident, yes. Ego? Leave it outside the door. You don’t know everything (and neither do I).  Everyone always gets caught up in how much weight they can move, how fast they can run, etc. What’s important is that you are there, moving and performing the reps well and safely!

 

 

 

 

 

#2. “You’ll Get Further If You Train Alone.”

Mentors are great at any stage and with anything you do in life.  Even if you don’t work with a coach, train with someone who is mentally and physically further along than you. They will help push you forward and give you that extra momentum that you need when you’re training for an event or a goal.

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#3. “Push Past the Pain and Show Your Body Who the Boss Is.”

Your body tells you things for a reason.  One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received from someone was, “look, you know your body. If your body is telling you ‘STOP’ – listen to it.”

Don’t try and train through an injury.  You can train around it, but don’t try to push through it. Believe me, you’ll end up further behind and in more pain than you were before.

 

 

 

 

#4. Add More Weight To The Bar

This one always gets me you guys. How many times have you walked into a gym to see someone lifting and cringe?  I have seen this more times than I can count.  I will often hear their friends (or even coaches) says: “just add more weight on the bar and you’ll be able to do it better next time.” NO. Please, do your body a giant favor and DO NOT do this.  You should back way off and perform quality reps at a slower pace so you can get a better feel for the movement. If you’re trying to make gains at the gym – adding more weight before you’re ready is a recipe for an injury with a slow recovery rate.

Be confident, yes. Ego? Leave it outside the door. You don’t know everything (and neither do I).  Everyone always gets caught up in how much weight they can move, how fast they can run, etc. What’s important is that you are there, moving and performing the reps well and safely!

#5. You Don’t Need to Worry About Nutrition. 

This is the biggest myth about fitness. Just because you’re working out consistently doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want. Will it help? Sure. But if you’re trying to maintain a specific weight, or have a goal in mind – diet and nutrition is everything.

I have built my physique by not drinking alcohol, staying away from processed foods, eating a low sugar diet and being kind to my gut. Really, that’s “the secret.” Fueling your body the RIGHT way with the RIGHT foods.  This includes eating a diet of foods that help my gut stay healthy – because the gut helps the rest of the body stay healthy too!  If you talk to any serious athlete – they’ll tell you the same thing.  Their main focus when they train is on their nutrition!

 

 

 

 

If didn’t get a chance to listen to my last podcast, go and check it out! It’s a Q&A about training for marathons, half marathons, half/full Ironman or Triathlons – and all 5 of these common myths about fitness play into that as well.  Whatever you do, I want to help you do it well.  I love helping women who are INTENTIONAL about their fitness, mindset and nutrition and I want to help you whether you are training for an event or if you’re a former athlete just trying to maintain your health after retirement.

There is no time like the present to get moving, to make goals and to start smashing them.  If you’d like to schedule a time to chat, send me a message

XO, Dr. Rachel