Weight Training Misconceptions

Muscle Groups

Weight Training Misconceptions

Your body can broken be broken down into 6 different muscle groups.

  1. Chest
  2. Back
  3. Biceps
  4. Triceps
  5. Shoulders
  6. Legs
Weight Training Muscle Groups
Weight Training Muscle Groups


All muscle reacts pretty much the same to weight training. Therefore, the following misconceptions apply to all 6 main muscle groups.

1. The longer engage in weight training, the stronger you’ll get.
False. As we are working out, we are trying to slightly damage our muscle fibers by overloading them to the point of exhaustion. The healing process is when the muscle repairs and strengthens. You need to rest the muscle well in-between workouts for maximum build.

2. To lose weight you MUST eat less.
False. You want to focus your efforts on raising your metabolism. That is the master key to almost effortless weight loss. The faster your metabolism burns calories the easier it will be to lose weight. Weight training builds muscle that burns fat.

You do need to be sensible in your food choices. Watch the junk food, etc., but starving yourself for a time just to shed pounds only leads to a nasty pattern of weight-loss and re-gain.

3. Muscle weighs more than fat.
Well…yes and no. Muscle tissue is more dense than fat. If you lost five pounds of fat and gained five pounds of muscle the scale would not show a difference. But your pants sure would!

Fat does not actually turn into muscle. You simply replace fat with muscle. Fat must be burned. This is where weight training benefits weight loss.

Muscle lies underneath fat. As your muscles get stronger and firmer, they push out the fat. We then have larger muscles which “push out”. This sounds fine if you’re weight training to bulk up. Aren’t most of us looking to trim down? If you are looking to bulk up, you don’t want that outer layer of fat. You need to burn that fat off AND build the muscle. This is it’s so important to do aerobic exercise in addition to weight training.

So there you have it – three major misconceptions laid to rest. Spread the word!

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Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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