Wanting a better body is part of the human condition (as Robbie Williams said, “all we ever wanted, is to look good naked”) but the goal seems out of reach for many.
Part of the problem is the amount of myths that surround the whole process of burning fat while adding muscle mass and definition. While these myths can be addressed and debunked, many still aren’t sure how to approach the project: do you focus on cardio, or do you hit the weights?
Gyms, such as Fitspace Gyms, take time and care to ensure that they have the correct mix of cardio and muscle building equipment. But where do you start?
First, let’s look at a couple of myths to set you on the right track.
Focusing on one part of your body will help you reduce fat in specific areas. If only that were true we’d all be able to reduce our bellies just by doing a few hundred sit-ups a week. However, there is no way to ‘spot reduce’ fat and no specific diet that will target particular parts of your body.
Sweating slows down muscle growth. This used as reasoning for many to avoid cardio exercise which should make you sweat profusely. Sweating is simply a sign that your body is overheated, so take a drink!
You should never eat carbs. Carbohydrates are vital to a balanced diet so you should never cut them out completely. Instead, focus on getting the right types of carbs (such as brown rice, oats and brown pasta) while getting rid of useless carbs such as white bread and the complex carbs you get from alcohol.
Now you know more about the myths, let’s discuss cardio vs. weight training.
Cardiovascular exercise is something that should be in every routine. The reason that cardio is so named is because it focuses on exercising your heart. This is hugely important, especially if you are going to build muscle as your heart will have to work harder to pump the blood around your body.
Thirty minutes of intense cardio, three times a week should suffice.
Of course, if you want to build muscle, you need to lift weights. Weight lifting itself will also help you burn fat as every pound of muscle you add requires more calories for it to function. Once you have decided which parts of your body you want to add muscle to, speak to a trainer at your gym who will get you started.
So the key is to mix up your workouts and ignore the myths. Do this and you’ll soon have the body you’ve always dreamed of.
Thanks for reading,