Whether you believe it or not, your personal fitness is extremely important when picking up women.
First impressions are vital and if you lack the right kind of body, then she will lose interest in no time and may not even give you a shot to begin with. Hitting the gym on a regular basis will not only help you with your appearance, but it can improve your confidence because you know you have been working hard and that you are in shape.
Unfortunately there are a number of popular fitness myths that keep guys from getting the body they want and the girls they deserve. In this post we will debunk five of these myths.
Myth #1: Ab exercises can make you lose stomach fat
Don’t believe those infomercials – the Ab Roller will not help you lose that tummy fat. It is actually impossible to target where you lose your fat. Your genes are responsible for where your body stores fat, and your genes are also responsible for where you lose it. Remember, fat is a “first on, last off” sort of thing. In other words, if the first place you develop fat is your belly, it’s probably going to be the last place you lose it.
Myth #2: Swimming is the best way for you to lose weight
While swimming is good for increasing lung capacity, defining muscles, and even helping to burn off excess tension, unless you are swimming for hours a day, it may not actually help you lose weight.
Because the buoyancy of the water is supporting your body, you’re not working as hard as it would if, say, you were moving on your own steam – like you do when you run or play basketball.
Myth #3: Lifting weights makes you inflexible
It has actually been proven that full range strength training improves flexibility. Additionally, top weightlifters, gymnasts, and bodybuilders regularly demonstrate advanced levels of flexibility while being exceedingly strong.
Strength training does not create inflexibility if done properly – an imbalanced exercise program and lifting through an abbreviated range of motion causes inflexibility.
Myth #4: Lifting weights is going to make you bodybuilder huge
Many guys will go to the gym and think that they will look like professional bodybuilders in no time. Let’s be clear – putting on muscle is not easy and takes years of dedicated work. Unless you’re specifically training to “be huge” you’re not going to accidentally look like Arnold.
Even if you don’t want to be huge, it takes a carefully crafted exercise routine and diet to get in shape. Make sure you do your research before you go to the gym so that you can make the most out of your workouts.
Myth #5: If you don’t feel like crap after a workout, you didn’t work hard enough
Pushing yourself to the max every workout seems reasonable on the surface – until you injure yourself. If you injure yourself today, what do you think tomorrow’s workout will be like? Working hard is clearly important, but working smart is far more critical.
At the height of your workout, you should be sweating and breathing hard. You shouldn’t be so out of breath that you cannot answer a question (but shouldn’t be so comfortable that you can carry on a full conversation). That’s how you know you are working at a suitable level. It’s important to distinguish between muscle fatigue (feeling “the burn”) and muscle/joint pain (sharp and uncomfortable pain during movement).
And don’t forget that overtraining is a surefire way to mitigate any muscle growth — instead of your body rebuilding or expanding its muscle tissues, it’ll just be breaking them down. This means you will actually be losing muscle mass. In other words, you will basically be spinning your wheels while actually remaining in the same place.
If you follow these guidelines, you may be dating the Jennifer Love Hewitt or the Hillary Duff of your community soon enough.
By John’s Special Guest: Benjamin Roussey
Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the U.S. Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. His second master’s degree is an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. He now lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online.