As always, we are here to set the record straight when it comes to the truth about health and fitness.
Here are our first 5 myths that need to die.
Myth #1: The best time to work out is first thing in the morning.
Truth: The best time for a workout is whatever time allows you to exercise most consistently and you find the most enjoyable. Ideally, you want to make your training a habit, so finding time to train around your busy schedule is the best way to make it happen. It’s why we created our unique unlimited training model at our studio. Our members never book appointments but always have a personal trainer and their specific program waiting for them whether they train at 6am or 6pm. This flexible personal training model has been life changing for our members. They no longer stress about whether or not they can make a set scheduled time or do new clients have wait until a prime time spot is available in a trainer’s schedule. If our members have a child that is sick or maybe just a late night out on the town they know they can adjust their training time to fit it in and enjoy their session more! Lastly, making training fit into your schedule also will increase the frequency of your training. Our average member trains 4-5x a week versus the industry average of 4-5x a month.
Myth #2: Weight lifting turns fat into muscle.
Truth: You can’t turn fat into muscle OR make your muscles leaner and/or longer. Anyone claiming to be able to do that for you is 100% selling you on a lie. Physiologically speaking, they’re two different tissues. Adipose (fatty) tissue is found under the skin, sandwiched between muscles, and around internal organs like the heart. Muscle tissue – which can be further broken down into three main types is found throughout the body. #itsjustscience
Weight training does helps build up the muscle tissue in and around any fat tissue. Then if you want to decrease your adipose (aka fat) tissue, focusing on a whole food healthy diet that incorporates vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats is key. We also recommend our members to include periods of fasting for both fat loss and long-term health benefits. We created a whole ebook on the topic, which you can download HERE
Myth #3: Seniors need to lift light and focus on walking for their fitness.
This is a topic we are extremely passionate about. Seniors need to focus on increasing both their strength and mobility in order to assure their independence and improve and sustain their quality of life. Dancing programs and traditional “seniors fitness” programs need to change. They aren’t adequately preparing this generation for life. Being able to be independent, move well, prevent falls, have strong bones and the strength to lift and carry groceries, grandkids and laundry baskets will make their life better!
We recently wrote an article on this very topic entitled, “Are soup cans, seated workouts and mini bands enough to get our senior population fit?
Myth: #4: You need to have a protein shake post workout or you will have muscle loss.
Truth: No. You sure don’t.
We don’t require our members to consume ANY supplements unless they choose to use them for convenience. If you think it about the way our bodies are designed to function, we were made to hunt and gather food, usually in a fasted state, then prepare and eat this food hours or maybe days after catching it. Although the science once told us that muscle loss could happen if protein wasn’t consumed post training, we now know this isn’t the case. Good news, after an intense training session or sports game if you’re not feeling quite like a shake or big meal, it is ok to wait! We have members who use supplements for convenience but the majority of our members don’t. Focusing on quality whole food eating will always give you the absolute best satisfaction!
Myth #5: It’s just a natural part of life for women to pee a little when they jump or weight train, especially if they’ve had kids. “Your bladder just gets weak.”
Your bladder isn’t weak. It is the muscles and tissues around the bladder. Your pelvic floor muscles. KNOW THIS: if you do experience leaking either with urge, coughing, sneezing, training (or any other time)… there is actually SO much that we can do to improve and even cure your symptoms. Talk to a pelvic health physiotherapist this doesn’t have to be the ‘norm’ for women.
We actually just wrote an article on this topic for the Huffington Post – Your Fitness Program is Instrumental to your Pelvic Health