Here are 5 myths that make many people believe that they have to use a machine for the best workout:
Myth No. 1 Weight training will make you look bulky.
Of course this one seems to especially frighten the ladies. The truth is that if you need weight training if you want to change your body. Also, weight training can help prevent conditions like osteoporosis as you age.
Myth No. 2 Cardio burns more fat than other exercises.
Believe it or not, resistance training, such as the use of elastic bands, tends to burn the most calories across the board. While you are doing cardio, you are burning calories during the exercise. Now with resistance training, you also burn calories during the exercise, but more importantly, you continue to burn them for up to an astonishing 48 hours following your exercise! This is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or after-burn. Resistance training also revs up you metabolism, improves insulin resistance and turns off the fat-storing enzymes in your body.
Myth No. 3 I must not be working out hard enough since I don’t feel sore or have any pain.
Don’t depend on soreness to tell yourself that you are working out correctly. Soreness can come from things such as how many reps you did to what you ate before you worked out. Wearing a heart-rate monitor and working at 60 to 85 percent of your maximum rate will help you to have a quality workout.
Myth No. 4 I will never get more flexible because my muscles have always been tight.
Of course, not exercising can make you inflexible, but exercising the wrong way can cause muscle imbalances, such as working one part of your body more than the other.
You will move with more ease and have more range of motion if you condition your core correctly. Work on training your weak areas and you should improve.
Myth No. 5 To get a total workout, you must use machines.
It seems true, judging on how many machines there are in most gyms. The problem with machines is that they lock you into a certain range of motion that doesn’t copy real everyday movements. They don’t always adjust to your body height and type. Free weights can work the smaller stabilizing muscles that machines can not.