Fitness Myth #1: Crunches Will Give You A Flat Stomach
This is a myth that people stubbornly hold on to. The truth is that crunches are not all that effective, no matter how many you do. They don't work the deep abdominal muscles that help tone your tummy. Not only that, but abdominal exercises alone will not flatten your tummy. If you want to get that washboard or at least flatter stomach, you have to lose fat.
Fitness Myth #2: If You Build Muscle, You Will Bulk Up Like A Man
This is a myth that needs to go out the window. It is unfortunate that so many women shy away from weights because they are afraid of being too muscular. There are so many benefits to weight-bearing exercise, including greater calorie and fat burning, bone strengthening and a more toned, healthy looking body.
Unless you are seriously trying to bulk up and be muscular, it's just not going to happen. The women that you see who are professional bodybuilders work very hard, supplement and sometimes resort to drugs to get as big as they are. Lifting weights will not make you bulky or "unfeminine."
Fitness Myth #3: If I Don't Have A Lot Of Time For Working Out, There's No Point
There seems to be a widespread belief that in order to get in shape, you need to be at the gym for hours every day. This is not true. If you don't have much time to devote to fitness, don't think you’re out of the game. The truth is that many people you see at the gym put in hours but don't actually get anywhere because they have hit a plateau and are no longer challenging themselves. You can work out for 30 minutes a day and see results, lose weight, challenge yourself and get in terrific shape.
Should I Join A Gym?
You can get fit and healthy whether or not you join a gym. However, at a gym, you benefit from state of the art equipment, group classes and instructors who can help you separate fact from myth when it comes to getting the best workout. At the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, you will get all of this and more.