Fitness myths debunked! Part one

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The health and fitness industry has been around for a good long time stretching back decades and despite many discoveries about how to remain healthy and fit, is abound with bad information. I can't think of many other fields with a similar level of misinformation aside from the medical or dietary fields. It's understandable and in some cases inevitable to fall for one or more myths, we want to be happy and healthy don't we? We here at Tight Assets are always happy to clear up information for any who ask and I wanted to start with some persistently popular myths.


1) Fat can turn into muscle


No, just no. Fat and muscle are two different types of tissue with separate functions and on the molecular level they are different. The purpose of fat is to help provide long term energy for the body, cushioning for the internal organs, helping with the absorption of fat soluble nutrients and is critical for normal brain development and nervous system functions. The type of muscle that people think of regarding this myths is skeletal muscle which through the control of the nervous system to produce force and movement. So even by function alone fat and muscle are two separate types of tissue and one cannot become the other. I used to believe this one myself and prefer to think people believe this due to misinformation and/or wishful thinking.


2) You can out train a bad diet


Oh gosh I wish this one was true, it would make everyone’s fitness goals ten times easier. Your body is uniquely yours and will process various nutrients differently for starters. Secondly, if you’re eating more calories than you consume, the body will start to store those excess calories regardless of activity. Finally, if you aren’t consuming the right kinds of nutrient (i.e. excess sugar, salts, and fats) and in proper amounts, your body will not receive the right kind of nutrition it needs and making any progress will become significantly harder.


3) Women will ‘’bulk up’’ if they lift weights


I actually did an article if you want to read upon the topic further here:

However it is still something I hear from women once in a blue moon and I’m not sure if it will ever go away. When I hear from people and ask what they mean by ‘’bulking up’’ they usually tell me they are concerned about looking like a version of the hulk or a steroid laden bodybuilder. Now if someone really wanted to increase their size to the point they look like one, they have to eat like one which most are not willing to do. Women do not have the same amount of muscle building hormones like men do which does make it harder to gain large amounts of muscle mass that would make someone resemble a steroid abusing ape. In fact, lifting weights helps provide the very results women are usually looking to achieve which is for most in my own experience to ‘’tone up’’. It's also not to say that women can't achieve great gains in muscle mass, it's just that it takes a lot more work to do so than most people realize and if we could gain as much muscle mass as quickly as people who sell this myth believe, it would make my job so much easier.


It’s not uncommon to believe in something without a lot of backing. Did you believe any myths when you were younger? Let us know in the comments section while awaiting part two of fitness myths debunked!

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Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:37
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One question I get all the time is a variation of how do I workout without a gym or how do I do it on a budget.

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:02
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Cardio, the one dynamic activity everyone loves to hate on. Why? Because on average it can conjure up images of using a cardio machine doing slow long distance while staring at a wall and blanking out so badly that you aren't sure what year it is.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:18
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Stretching is something I've noticed is either a priority for some and an after thought for others. I've seen people do 30 minutes of stretching, yoga, or whatever they choose to do and then I've talked to others who tell me they can't spare a few minutes to stretch for, well, reasons.

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:50
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Have you ever seen anyone follow a ''bodybuilding'' style of training? I have, heck I used to do it myself.