6 myths about lifting weights that you need to stop believing

Business Insider | 1/5/2018 | Sara Lindberg, INSIDER
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Strength training is effective because you continue to burn calories even after the workout is over.

Weight lifting won't make you bulky.

Hours - Gym - Benefits - Weights

You don't have to spend hours the gym to reap the benefits of lifting weights.

If you spend any time on social media, you're bound to come across some pretty far-fetched fitness myths this time of the year. After all, it is New Year's resolution season.

Weight - Lifting - Focus - Claims - Gym

Weight lifting is often the focus of many of these crazy claims. And whether you're new to exercise or a gym veteran, it's important to get your facts straight.

We talked to a few trainers who helped debunk some of the more common weight lifting myths out there.

Women - Weights

Women will get big and bulky if they lift weights.

Can this myth please just go away and never return? You would be hard-pressed to find a fitness expert who believes this claim. In fact, all of the trainers we talked to gave this one a big thumbs down.

Aaptiv - Trainer - Jessica - Muenster - Strength

Aaptiv trainer Jessica Muenster said that if you focus on strength training in a five to 12 rep range for three sets you're not going to get bulky.

In fact, Aaptiv trainer Meghan Takacs recommends focusing on heavier lifts if you're looking for maximum calorie burn.

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"A lot of women like to lift light weights and go high rep because they feel like they get more out of it," Takacs said. "But the truth is that heavier lifts such as barbell movements (squats, deadlifts, lunges, bent-over row, etc), recruit more muscles and therefore burn calories," she said.

Strength training doesn't help you lose weight.

Time - Treadmill - Dumbbell - Training - Component

If you spend more time on the treadmill than you do picking up a dumbbell, this one's for you. Strength training is a necessary component of any weight loss program — especially if you want to keep the pounds off.

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