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Five most Common Weightlifting Facts versus Myths

Updated on March 13, 2011

There is nothing as Spot Reduction of Body Weight

There is no ab machine available in the world which can define your abs without making you reduce your total body fat and loose total weight of your body.

For getting a Bigger Body, you just need to Lift Heavy

This is totally wrong. We all see many thin guys of small height in gym who lift way too much weight that is not according to the size of their body. The most overlooked aspects of weightlifting and fitness is diet. You need to eat enough to support weight gain or it will not happen and you will remain there with a smaller body size.

There is nothing as toning

Weightlifters say that light weights provide muscle tone and heavy weights provide muscle gain. No the reality is that light weights provide muscle gains and fat loss providing toning.

How heavy you are lifting means how big you will get

This is wrong. It depends from body to body. Some people exercise a lot, eat right, and get proper rest which are the essentials for bodybuilding and weightlifting but then also they remain obese and carry extra weight just because they are genetically obese and none can change that.

If you will do some exercises, you will see some substantial growth.

This is totally true because if a person starts a bodybuilding regimen which includes deadlifts, squats, pullups, bench press, military presses, and eat proper diet, that person will definitely put on some noticeable size.

Agree or disagree? Read more Common Weightlifting Myths versus Facts

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      6 years ago

      For number 2 I would not say lifting heavy is totally wrong... Of course you need the right diet but if you don't lift heavy good luck gaining weight.

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      Latina letty 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for the helpful advice. I work in the medical field and since I've started weight training I've noticed a drastic change in proper body mechanics. Lumbar flexing has been an investment in my career. Every nurse should weight trai

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      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi spacedustkitty. Thanks for your valuable insight into this article. Yes I also agree that doing sit-ups alone would not reduce the extra body fat around your abdomen which is also know as sexy tires as a slang in India.

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      I lift weights mainly as my general exercise, I prefer it to cardio workouts etc. I totally agree that you cannot spot-reduce, and I have tried to explain to many friends that no amount of sit-ups will reduce your body fat around your abdomen! Good tips, thank you :o)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes it is indeed. I will publish more hubs with tips on weightlifting and bodybuilding in the near future.

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      10 years ago from Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

      Although I have been trying to reduce weight and I am not a bodybuilder by profession but these tips are very helpful to someone who is trying to working out hard.


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