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List of Exercise Pet Peeves.

Posted by n0tes on 2010.12.05 at 21:39
I have a list of "exercise pet peeves" that for whatever reason society promotes and people go along with it.

working-out everyday is good for you
- actually, the body needs time to recover, especially from new stressors (like taking a new class or performing a new lift).  in weight lifting in particular it is best to take 48 hours rest.  to work around this work one area of the body on one day and another the next.  So Monday and Wednesday do upper body work and Tuesday and Thursday work the lower.  
- this leads to overtraining which increases the risk for injury, among other things like depression

females shouldn't lift weights and should do tons of cardio
- ladies, if you want lean muscle and the metabolism boosting benefits then I suggest you hit the weight bench
- light weights with lower reps can be just as beneficial as higher weight with lower reps.  however, doing both in succession (over a period of months) one can keep the body guessing and avoid plateaus

cardio burns more fat/calories than weight lifting
- cardio typically does burn more calories than weight lifting, however weight lifting leads to more muscle mass which leads to more calories burned through-out the day

personal trainers act like Jillian Michaels on the Biggest Loser
- so not, most are encouraging and want to make exercise fun for you.  they'll push you, but not to tears.

weight lifting is bad for children
- actually quite the contrary, it's good for them.  the running, jumping, and general play that kids do cases more stress to the joints than weight lifting.

crunches are the best ab work-out
- no, no, no.  do three sets of 2 minute planks and let's talk.

bicep curls will get rid of my "wings"
- nope, that "flabby" spot is actually the triceps.  doing tricep exercises along with bicep exercises will yield greater results.

only training the muscles one can see
- leads to imbalances which lead to injuries.  hamstrings, glutes, lower back, back, and triceps are some of the most neglected muscles of the body. 


velvetruin at 2010-12-06 03:29 (UTC) (Link)
You can work out the hamstrings? How do you do that?
n0tes at 2010-12-06 03:45 (UTC) (Link)
romanian deadlifts are absolute hamstring killers. Full squats also work the hamstrings. I did both Friday and still feel it haha.

I'm working on my romanian deadlift post as we speak.

velvetruin at 2010-12-06 03:58 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, okay, you mentioned those to me before. I guess I forgot!
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