Lots of people start working out every year, but by the end of the year many few people have consistently worked out. Now, this could be for several reasons. It could be an injury, lack of motivation or not seeing any results. Everyone that starts working out of course wants to see their fitness goals through and be able to stay consistent, but this just isn't the reality. We think a big part of this is misconceptions around working out. The internet doesn't do us any favours about hitting our workout goals.

We’ve all seen 6 pack abs in 10 days or lose a pound every day. Then we see fitness equipment ads that promise to get us the body we want with doing very minimal movement. The truth is the titles are a lie and these new fitness gadgets don't work, but for anyone believing them they put you in a bad place. Reaching your fitness goals or achieving the body you want is all about hard work. You have to eat and train the right way and most importantly stay consistent.

If you’re ready to put in the work, we’re confident this is the year you reach your fitness goals. Now, let's start you off right. Let’s teach you about a few things to avoid when working out. This helps you give you the right mindset and will help you reach your fitness goals. Personal trainers should also be aware of these misconceptions. They can help steer their clients clear of them.

Start your fitness off right. See through the fitness lies.
Start your fitness off right. See-through the fitness lies. Source: RF Studio, Pexels

Misconceptions around Fitness Training

There are a lot of misconceptions about fitness training. A few we even mentioned above. If you’re unsure about a fitness fact you read or hear about a good tip to think to yourself is if it sounds too good to be sure it probably is and at the end of the day you need to be honest with yourself. Let’s start with everyone's favourite fitness fact.

Spot Targeting

Spot targeting is training a certain body part you want to lose weight on so that area will lose weight. This is one of the lies the fitness industry can sell you on. Training one area doesn’t mean that area will lose weight. For example, if you wanted to lose weight around your gut you can’t only train abs to see weight loss there. To effectively lose weight in one area you need to train your whole body. By training one body part you will strengthen that area, but you won't necessarily see weight loss there. Everyone holds weight differently. It could be your stomach, arms or legs for you or maybe something else. When you start losing weight you're going to lose weight in different parts of your body first especially if you're a woman. The last part of your body that typically loses weight is your butt, stomach and thighs. Having a consistent training plan will help you lose weight.

Training One Body Part

This misconception relates to spot targeting, but in the other way. A lot of people typically want a big chest and big arms. So in the gym, they train their chest and their arms. This will help you increase size in these areas, but neglecting other parts of your body will cause injury. When we train a certain body part more than others it can cause that area to tighten up and other areas to stretch forward. This causes a lack of mobility for your joints and muscles as well as ruins your posture. For example, always training your chest will result in your chest tightening up and your back muscles to stretch forward. You can spot this on people that have their shoulders pulled forward. The same can be said for people that hunch over at a desk all day. They have the same rotation in the shoulders. This is because your muscles are tight in the front area. You need to train your body evenly so you can stay healthy. It takes time to gain muscle you just need to stay consistent.

Always remember to train your body evenly.
Always remember to train your body evenly. Source: Ivan Samkov, Pexels

Not Eating Enough

For anyone that wants to work out and achieve their fitness goals, they need to eat right. We’re also not just talking about eating healthy we're talking about eating enough to fuel your body. If you're trying to lose weight you need to have a reduction in food intake, but you also can't under eat too much. You still need to be eating the right amount. When it comes to those wanting to increase muscle mass, they often under eat. It can be hard to eat enough in a day to build muscle. The best way is to track what you're eating for a couple of days and figure out if you're getting enough calories. Eating is a big topic and can't just be covered in this misconception. You should ask your trainer or speak with a dietician to help you.

Starting Too Strong

Starting too strong is when you want to start working out so you say you're going to work out for 2 hours, train 6 days a week and start eating perfectly every day. Then when you start you only keep this up for a couple of days before quitting and not working out again. Everyone knows someone like this, or maybe it's you. You need to start slow. Immediately training 6 days a week is hard. You need to build up to more workout days in a week. Start small and consistently stay on track. If you want to add more days after that then go for it. Maybe start with 2 or 3 days. If this works well stick with it. It's better than you starting off too strong and then quitting.

An important tip is to remember if you do fall off track, it's not the end of the world. Let's say that again, if you fall off track, you can still make progress in the gym. The important thing is to get back on track. It's not ideal missing a workout or eating a bad meal, but life happens and we're not all perfect. Don't let making mistakes ruin your fitness journey.

Staying consistent in the gym leads to progress.
Staying consistent in the gym leads to progress. Source: Jonathan Borba, Pexels

Start Working Out!

Knowing these misconceptions from the start can help you have a healthy mindset when working out. You'll be able to tell what's the truth and what's a lie. If you're unsure about working out, you can also hire a trainer. They'll help you with these misconceptions as well as put a plan in place to help you reach your fitness goals. Superprof has 100s of personal trainers in Canada that are ready to help you. They have the experience and knowledge to train you in the best way possible. Superprof trainers also offer sessions online and in-person giving you freedom and flexibility to train when you want to train.

Remember if something sounds too good to be true in the fitness industry it probably is. Be honest with yourself. You will reach your fitness goals it just takes time. Be consistent and you will see results. Start working out today!

For more information about fitness training check out our article about Nutrition, Cardio, Weight Loss or Abs. You can also check out Avoiding Crucial Fitness Mistakes for a complete guide.

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