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7 Common Fitness Myths

By Joel Seymour, Healthy Hearts Specialist, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

It’s back to school and for many that means back to routine! The fall is a great time to reassess your workout schedule and get back on track. Here are 7 common fitness myths, debunked!

Myth #1: Muscle weighs more than Fat

One pound of muscle weighs the same as one pound of fat. So does one pound of anything. The confusion does not lie in the weight of the substance, but in its density. Muscle is much denser than fat so it takes up less room, meaning the more muscle you have, the smaller and leaner you look.

Myth #2: Crunches or working the ab machine will get rid of belly fat.

These exercises will help strengthen your core muscles and help your posture, but you need to lose the belly fat in order to see your abdominal muscles. It’s impossible to target a specific area to lose body fat, so crunches will not help get rid of the belly fat. Eating healthy and exercising will help the body fat come off for good!

Myth #3: Lifting weights will make women bulky. 

Women typically have less lean muscle tissue and produce lower levels of testosterone than men. This means that they are less physically prone to getting bulky than men. Keep lifting those weights to stay healthy and strong!

Myth #4: Machines are a safer way to work out than free weights.

Although machines have the capability to keep your body in alignment and help you do the exercises correctly, that is only true if the machines are set to your weight and height.  There can be errors in form and function if the machine is not set up properly, which can cause injuries. Make sure to speak with a certified personal trainer for a customized workout plan before using the machines to prevent injury.

Myth #5: Sports drinks are a great way to hydrate.

Most sports drinks are loaded with sugar! Many experts recommend that you simply use water and have a snack if you need it, in order to hydrate after a workout.

Myth #6: Yoga burns a lot of calories.

According to a recent study, a 50-minute power yoga session burns just 237 calories, compared to between 400 – 600 calories that a cycle class will burn in the same amount of time. That’s not to say that Yoga is not beneficial to the body. It can do wonders for your body including lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow throughout the body, and improving the entire circulatory system. But, if you’re looking for weight loss, make sure to include high intensity cardio along with yoga to your workout schedule.

Myth #7: You need to feel some pain in your workouts to get any benefit.

The motto ‘no pain, no gain’ holds potential for injury. Having some discomfort or muscle pain a day or two after a workout can be OK, but you should not feel any pain during your workout. If there is pain during the workout, do not try to ‘work through it’ – which can result in injury. Speak with a certified personal trainer for a customized workout plan and to prevent injury.


About the YMCA Healthy Hearts Program

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is now offering the Healthy Hearts Program, in partnership with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). Located at the Barrie and Innisfil YMCAs, the program provides supervised rehabilitation services that are structured based on each individuals needs and goals. The program is designed to provide a smooth transition from the RVH Cardiac Rehab program and help people regain their strength, reduce the risk of future cardiac episodes and improve their health and quality of life. For more information, please contact the YMCA Healthy Hearts Team at 705-726-6421 ext. 231 or healthyheartsteam@ymca.ca.

3 Responses to “7 Common Fitness Myths”

  1. December 08, 2017 at 5:58 pm, bruce hammond said:

    I wish to work on my cardio as I have a weaknd heart also I would like to reduce my spare tire?

    my wife needs several issuse to be addressed.


    • December 11, 2017 at 10:56 am, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka said:

      Hi Bruce,

      A personal trainer would be able to help you and your wife develop a plan to improve your fitness. Our personal trainers work with their clients to address specific concerns and goals while tailoring an approach to their age, ability, and fitness level. Your local YMCA will be able to get you both started!


  2. December 08, 2017 at 6:02 pm, bruce hammond said:

    I forgot to mention; I am 83 and my wife is 65 thanks Bruce


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